Roofing & Exteriors FAQ

Roofing & Exteriors FAQ

Answers to the most common questions about roofing repairs and replacement.

How many years of experience does your company have?

Enhanced has 100+ years of combined experience. We know roofing, remodeling and homebuilding inside and out and we have seen it all!

Can a new roof be installed on top of my old roof?

No. We do not recommend you install a new roof on top of your old roof, as this will just cause more problems for you further down the line.

When is the best time of year to install a new roof?

The best time to install a new roof is when the temperatures are above freezing, and there is the least chance of rain or strong wind. If it’s not possible to wait for the perfect weather, we can help you figure out how to install a roof safely and effectively at any time of year.

Can I do roofing work myself?

Small roofing maintenance tasks–like cleaning gutters or inspecting for cracked and broken shingles–are OK for a homeowner to do on their own, if desired. Beyond that, it is not recommended for untrained homeowners to do their own roofing work. An inexperienced person who uses improper roofing techniques may actually make the roofing situation worse. It is also not safe for a non-professional to do roofing work. Professional roofing contractors are trained to install and repair roofing in a safe, effective, long-lasting way.

Do I have to replace my entire roof if it leaks?

It depends on the situation. Some leaks, like those caused by a small section of damage or some faulty flashing, only require a repair in one area. But other situations may require a full roof replacement.

How will I know when it’s time to replace my roof?

If you’re trying to discern whether you need to replace your roof, there are 3 things to consider: age of the roof, appearance of the roof, and presence of leaks.

AGE: On average, a roof will last for around 20 years. If your roof is getting close to 20 years old or older, then it’s likely you will need to replace your roof soon.

APPEARANCE: If you have broken, curling, or warped shingles then you may need a new roof.

LEAKS: By the time you notice a leak inside your home – chances are, there has been water getting into the house for some time. Water from a leaky roof can cause damage to ceilings, walls, rafters, and much more, and cause serious and widespread structural damage that is expensive and time-consuming to fix. If your roof is leaking, then you may need a new one.

If you’re not sure whether you need a new roof, but want to find out more- Enhanced Roofing and Exteriors would be happy to give you a free roof inspection.  Call or email us today to make an appointment!

What type of roofing materials should I choose?

We offer a wide variety of options, but these are some of the more common roofing materials we specialize in:

  • Asphalt shingles 
  • Flat roofing – TPO, EPDM, and torch down
  • Slate roofing (real slate and synthetic)
  • Metal roofing
  • Tile roofing

How can I tell if my roof is in need of repair or maintenance?

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to assume that everything is OK with their roofing system as long as there is no obvious leak. Homeowners often neglect their roofing system until it begins to leak or other serious damage occurs. In most cases, roofing issues can be discovered way before major (and expensive) problems happen. It’s a good idea to check your roof every few months and see if there are any cracked, warped, or missing shingles, broken flashing, loose seams, or shingle granules in the gutter. Inside the house, if you notice cracked paint, peeling wallpaper or wall coverings, or discolored plasterboard, that can also indicate roof damage. If you think there might be a problem that needs to be addressed, it’s always better to have a licensed roofing contractor take a look at it, because it will be much easier and less expensive to take care of an issue before it becomes a major disaster!

If you suspect your roof may need repair, replacement, or maintenance, Enhanced Roofing and Exteriors would be happy to give you a free roof inspection. Call or email us today to make an appointment!

How long will it take to install a new roof?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, because each roof and situation is different. A small, uncomplicated roof with no unexpected issues may take less than a day or two to complete, while a large, complicated roof can a week or more. An experienced roofing contractor like Enhanced Roofing and Exteriors can give you a time estimate along with a monetary quote.

How long will my new roof last?

Modern roofing systems are constructed to provide approximately 20 years of useful service life. A few types of roofs, mainly clay tile, slate, and copper, can actually last longer if regularly maintained. Weather and climate also play a role in roof longevity. The life of your roof system will be determined by environmental conditions, proper installation & design, material quality, and adequate maintenance and repairs. Roofing material warranties can vary greatly so take a look at a manufacturer’s warranty programs before you decide.

What are the most common type of roof leaks?

If you’re trying to track down a leak, you may want to check these common places: valleys, head wall flashings, field of shingles, plumbing vent flashings, wall step flashings, and chimneys. Other common leaks are ice dam leaks and windblown rain leaks. The contractors at Enhanced Roofing and Exteriors are leak-finding experts – so if you need help assessing or locating a leak, please call or email us to set up an appointment.

Does your company offer a guarantee of the work?

All work is guaranteed from 6 months to 10 years.

Is your company licensed and insured?

Yes – Enhanced is a class A licensed company carrying liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

How should I choose a roofing company?

The best roofing company is one that has years of experience, is committed to using the best quality of materials and roofing contractors, offers reasonable prices, and has positive testimonials and top-rated reviews.

What does a new roof cost?

Roofing service pricing can vary greatly and will depend on factors such as materials, location, time of year, size of the home or building, average labor rates, and whether the project is residential or commercial.

It’s important to remember that price should only be one factor you consider when choosing a contractor for a roof replacement. Quality of materials and highly skilled workmanship are important to consider, since your new roof will only be as good as the contractors who install it and the materials they use. Always insist on a contractor who is dedicated to providing quality work and has a record of satisfied customers that can vouch for their level of workmanship.

What types of siding do you install?

Enhanced can install any type of siding on your home, including vinyl siding, Hardie siding, or wood siding.

How can leaks affect my siding?

Siding rarely requires maintenance as it is designed to withstand harsh external elements. However, roof leaks, wind and thunderstorms or even the heat from a grill can cause damage and repairs are necessary. If this is not immediately repaired, siding can curve and change its shape, which will ultimately result in you having to replace an entire side of your home or even worse get into structural damage.

A leak can cause damage behind the siding often requiring siding to be removed, framing and sheathing replaced, insulation installed and siding replaced. We specialize in these types of larger repairs as well as the smallest blown off piece of siding. We also guarantee all of our repairs. The smallest leak can result in thousands of dollars in damage if it’s not repaired or not repaired correctly.

Aluminum siding is very difficult to repair as locating any matching siding can be extremely difficult. If the existing siding is still in good shape it can usually be reattached. However, often times the entire side of the home’s must be replaced with a matching vinyl siding.

What type of siding do you recommend? What are the pros and cons of different types of siding?

Which type of siding you choose depends on many factors. Here is a breakdown of the most common types:

Vinyl Siding: Vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices of exterior cladding across the country and is available in a broad palette of colors, profiles and trims. This means that you can select siding that will be consistent with your home’s design, and fit into the environment and neighboring homes.

Hardie Siding: James Hardie fiber cement siding provides low maintenance, but unlike vinyl, doesn’t sacrifice the beauty and character of wood. Hardie siding resists rotting or cracking, and also resists damage from rain and hail.

You can choose from lap siding, shingle siding, individual shingles and siding accessories in a variety of appealing styles and colors. James Hardie’s versatile product range also makes it easy to match an existing style or home siding type.

Wood Siding: Wood siding is a beautiful and natural option. However, it requires more maintenance than other siding solutions.

Cedar Siding: Western Red Cedar exterior siding or cladding comes in a spectrum of patterns and grades. It is available in a range of designs and grades, offering the variety and versatility to complement any architectural style. Western Red Cedar is a wood with great dimensional stability and natural decay resistance. Its freedom from pitch and resin makes it an excellent base for a wide range of finishes.

If you have any other questions, or need further explanations or clarifications, please call us at 703-855-8638 or email us today. We would love to help!