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How long should my asphalt roof last?

Asphalt Shingles: 15-25 years

As an asphalt-based product, shingles age with sun (UV) exposure. We aren’t called the “Sunshine State” without good reason. The asphalt is eventually baked out of the shingles and they become dried out, brittle, and crack. Granules may wash off onto the ground or into your gutters and your shingles may begin to “curl”.

When your roof gets to this point, especially when it begins to leak as well, it’s probably time for a full replacement. Any repairs made to these roofs are essentially “Band-Aids” delaying the inevitable full replacement as it has expired and is no longer within its useful life.

A newer roof (1-10 years old) should not leak. If there is a leak, contact the company that installed the roof to discuss warranty repairs. If you are unable to receive warranty repairs, call us today to schedule a free inspection at 954-533-0707.

 

How long should my tile roof last?

Tile Roof: 20-30 years

Often homeowners are surprised by their tile roof leaking as they expect them to last much longer than traditional shingle roofs. HOWEVER, tile roofs usually have an asphalt based underlayment that is susceptible to the same failure due to UV exposure that South Florida’s sunshine provides in abundance. Although the tile sheds most of the water, some water will penetrate to the underlayment where it will enter your house if the underlayment has failed. Most leaks occur in the valleys, flashings and penetration points. However, this is not always the case. America’s Choice Contractors will provide a thorough inspection to determine exactly where the leak is occurring.

 

How long should my flat roof/low slope roof last?

Flat Roof/Low-Slope: 10-15 years

Leaks in flat roofs are very common as they have the unique characteristic of holding or “ponding” water. In most situations a patch will resolve a flat roof leak. Proper maintenance of your flat roof through periodically sealing using an elastomeric-based product will greatly extend the “useful life” of your roof. We offer repair and maintenance services for flat roofs. Call us today for a free inspection and quote at 954-533-0707.

 

How long should my metal roof last?

Metal Roof: 30-40 years

Metal roofing is much improved from the antiquated metal roofs of the past. It comes in a large variety of colors and styles / profiles. Although it is generally more expensive than other roofing materials, it creates a stunning look for any home or business.

There are many advantages to installing a metal roof in addition to its unique style. To begin with, metal roofs are fire resistant, long lasting made from recyclable material, and energy-efficient due to their reflective nature. It is also virtually maintenance-free.

 

What are signs that I need a roof replacement instead of just a repair?

Tile Roof:
  • Broken and/or Missing Tiles
  • Sagging Areas on Your Roof
  • Water Spots on Your Ceiling
  • Age of Your Roof (Tile Generally Lasts +/- 50 Years)
  • Rotten Wood (Soffit and/or Fascia)
  • Several Previous Repairs
  • Asphalt Shingle Roof:
  • Missing and/or Cracked Shingles
  • Curled Up Shingles / Nails Popping Through Shingles
  • Age of Roof (Shingles Generally Last 15-20 Years)
  • Granules Worn Off (Usually Collect in Your Gutters)
  • Water Spots on Your Ceiling
  • Several Previous Repairs

 

Flat Roof:
  • Bubbling and/or Cracked Membrane
  • Membrane Seams Separated
  • Age of Roof (Most Flat Roofs Generally Last 10-15 Years)
  • Water Spots on Your Ceiling
  • Several Previous Repairs

 

What impacts the cost of repairing my roof?

Cost of Repair: Cost is determined by the complexity and scope of the repair.

 

What impacts the cost of replacing my roof?

Cost of Replacement: Replacement cost is determined by factors such as size, rotten wood (fascia/soffit & roof decking) as well as materials selected.

 

What kind of questions should I ask a contractor before I allow them to work on my roof?

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Can you provide me with the names of some of your clients that I can talk to?
  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • What is your contractor’s license number?
  • How long should the repair/replacement take?
  • How do you protect my property and landscaping?
  • What time do you start and finish each day?
  • Do you work on weekends?
  • How often do you clean up the work area?

 

Is there a cost for a roof inspection?

No, we are happy to provide this service free of charge.  Call 954-533-0707 to schedule a visit.