Replacing or repairing a roof isn’t something you do every day. Fortunately, we do, and our Portland roofing experts have put together answers to some of the most common questions customers ask about their roofs.

Roofing FAQs Answered

How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

We’d love to tell you exactly how much your new roof will cost right here online, but it takes an in-person assessment to do that. Every roof is different and every homeowner has different goals and budgets, all of which lead to different prices. Pricing also varies with the materials selected, the pitch and size of the roof, the time of the year, and more. Check out our roof replacement costs page for more details.

How Long Does a Roof Last?

The lifespan of a roof depends on the type of roof you have (composite shingles, shakes, cedar, laminate, etc.), the climate in your area, and the maintenance the roof receives. For instance, in Oregon, a properly installed composite shingle roof should last around 20-30 years while a heavy laminate shingle roof could last more than 50. Our recent blog post discusses this topic in depth.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?

The time it takes to replace a roof varies depending on things like the size of the roof, whether it needs to be repaired first, the steepness of the roof, and the time of year. That said, for an average home with a roof of average pitch, two to eight days is a safe bet. Here’s a full discussion.

What Is the Best Roofing Material?

The “best” roofing material is the material that will help you meet the objectives you’ve set for your home. If you want the longest lasting roof, concrete tile might be the best. If appearance matters most, maybe a cedar shake is the best. And for affordability, it’s hard to beat composition shingles. We analyze all these materials in an article called What Is the Best Type of Roofing Material.

What Is a Composition Roof?

Composition shingles are made of asphalt—you can think of them as a much-improved version of the asphalt shingles from years ago. Composition shingles are durable, look good and are cost-effective, making them a very popular roofing choice. We have more details for you here.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Leaks?

Generally, roof leaks resulting from sudden, unexpected events are covered by homeowners’ insurance. Leaks that come from wear and tear, age, or lack of maintenance aren’t covered, in most cases. Learn more about this important issue.

Will My Roof Leak if One Shingle Is Missing?

A missing shingle itself may not be enough to directly cause a leak, but that missing shingle could quickly lead to other problems that result in leaks. Find out what to do if you find a shingle missing.

What are some common roofing terms?

We’ve got a page full of roofing terms that you can view here.

How Do I Find a Good Roofing Contractor?

Talk to friends or co-workers who have had roof work done. Read review sites to see what customers say. And, once you’ve engaged a few contractors and you’re close to deciding, ask those contractors to provide references so you can talk directly to past clients. Get more tips here.

Have More Roofing Questions?

Our Portland roofing professionals have the experience to answer any question you have. Send us a message anytime.