Below are frequently asked questions about roofing, remodeling, and rennovations
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
How do I know if I need a new roof?
Sometimes, this answer is obvious: a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, or animals living in your attic. Other times, the signs you need a new roof are little more subtle. If your roof is more than 12-15 years old, it may be time to get a replacement and get ahead of any problems that result from a damaged roof.
Curling shingles, missing or damaged flashing, ice dams, and discolored ceilings and walls are also good indicators that it’s time to replace your roof.
How often does a roof need to be replaced?
The longevity of your roof will depend on its materials, its installation, and its ventilation, so it’s hard to give a straight answer. Typically, a solid, well-constructed roof will last between 12-15 years. Depending on the quality and type of shingles you chose and the underlayment of your roof, that number can go up to 30 or more.
How much does a new roof cost?
Every roof is different, so every roof costs a different amount. When considering the price of your new roof, roofing contractors take a few factors into consideration: size, old roof removal, style, shape, materials, and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around.
A replacement roof is a big investment, and giving a quote without examining your unique situation would not be in our customers’ best interest.
However, once the price of your new roof is calculated, there are plenty of ways to finance your roof, making paying for your roof replacement easy and affordable.
Should I replace my roof before I list my home?
According to Better Homes and Gardens, a whopping 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal is due to the condition and aesthetic of the roof. When selling your home, if your roof is in bad shape or in need of major repairs or a replacement, you may have a lot of trouble getting people to bid on your home.
A lot of buyers these days are on a budget, and don’t want to spend money on major repairs after they just bought a house. Replacing your roof before you sell can help you get ahead of trouble while still recouping most, if not all, of the costs when you sell.
What is the best time to replace a roof?
While there is no official “roofing season” and roofers work all year round, summer and fall are usually busier times for most roofing contractors. Factors like rain, ice, and sleet can impact how quickly roofers can safely and effectively get your roof finished, which is why dryer, warmer months are when most people opt to get their roofs replaced.
However, replacing your roof in the winter or spring could result in a quicker install due to more availability and less demand.
Can I replace my roof myself?
While some home projects can be “DIY’d” and turn out fine, roofing is not one of them. Each year, more than 6,000 Americans die from falls in the home, many of which come from tumbles off of roofs and ladders while doing repairs or regular maintenance, making it one of the most dangerous DIY projects you can do. Plus, you could be violating your roof’s current warranty or do the work improperly, resulting in expensive repairs and replacements down the line.
Not to mention, a one-man roof replacement job compared to an experienced team of professional roofers warrants a higher risk for mismatched shingles, holes, and other issues with the aesthetics and quality of your roof.
What roofing material should I use?
The shape and style of your roof will determine whether you need a shingle or flat roof, while your budget will most likely determine whether you use asphalt or designer/luxury shingles. It’s important to keep in mind that those aren’t the only materials of which your roof is comprised. In addition to shingles, there’s decking, drip edge, ice and water barrier, underlayment, flashing, and ventilation.
What Should I Consider Before Remodeling?
There are several important considerations you should take into account before starting any renovation project. While there are hundreds of different factors pertinent to any type of renovation project, to get you started, we recommend thinking about the following aspects in preparation for your remodel. Whether you want to start a bathroom remodel to revamp an outdated layout, or you want to increase your property’s value with a home addition, we can help make your remodeling dream a reality! Contact us today.
- Your goals for home remodeling
- Your functionality goals for the space
- Your aesthetic preferences and goals
- The needs and preferences of those in the space
- Your budget for the renovation
- Your expectations for returns on investment (ROI)
- The space you have available
- Your flexibility with regard to time
- Your renovation timeline
- How your remodel will affect the rest of your home
What Home Improvements Add The Most Value?
Knowing what upgrades can help increase your home’s value for when the time to sell inevitably arrives depends on the type of house you own and to whom you’re selling the home. Overall, the following renovations can add a significant amount of aesthetic, functional, and financial value to your home. Ready to start planning your next home remodel? Contact us to speak with our design-build team!
- Upgrades that add physical square footage to the home
- Renovations for an open layout floor plan
- Exterior remodels that enhance your home’s curb appeal
- Full kitchen remodels using high-quality materials and spacious layouts
- Kitchen renovations with new fixtures, cabinetry, and countertops
- Adding energy-efficient appliances throughout the home
- A bathroom renovation with new fixtures and upgraded aesthetics
- Upgrades that increase the efficiency of your home
- Upgrades, like a new roof or new siding, that reduce maintenance hassles
- Installing hardwood floors or refinishing existing hardwood flooring
- Renovation projects that improve natural lighting and lighting fixtures
When Is The Best Time To Start A Home Remodeling Project?
The best time to start your home renovation depends on many factors unique to your lifestyle and schedule. All in all, the best timing is whatever works best for you. You might prefer to schedule your renovation project for when the project would be least disruptive to your lifestyle and daily schedule. Interior projects, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, can be done year-round as they are not dependent on the weather. Projects performed on the exterior of your home, such as the addition of an outdoor kitchen, may also be performed any time during the year but may be preferable in fall, winter, or spring to best avoid Florida’s heavy summertime rains. During your initial consultation, we’ll be happy to answer any questions and consider the timeline of your project before moving forward.
How Do I Start The Remodeling Process?
Whether it’s a full-scale kitchen remodel or a simple bathroom revamp, the first step to remodeling any part of your home is research. Take a look around your property, then identify and note any functional problems and design issues you want to address and change. What would you like your new home to look like? If you find any design or function inspirations, make a note of them as well. Our design-build team can likewise help you solidify your vision and take all preferences and requirements into account while helping you achieve your dream. We can help you find the best materials for your space and customize construction to accommodate optimal use of your home. The best way to start your remodel is with the help of Quality DesignWorks; schedule an appointment with us today!
How Long Will My Home Remodel Take?
Each remodeling project is as unique as each client’s vision for their home renovation. During your initial consultation with our design-build team, we will provide you with a timeline for both the design and construction stages and refine and define the details of your project as the process progresses.
How Much Should I Budget For Home Remodeling?
The budget for your home remodel largely depends on the type and scope of the project, cost of materials, among additional factors. Each project is unique according to the existing structure, the size of the project, and the wants and needs of each client. One of the smartest ways to create a home renovation budget is to lay out the renovation projects you want to complete and then price them with the help of a professional design-build contractor. Once you meet with a contractor, get a bid for each project and rank them according to priority. After, you can start a detailed budget starting with the project you would like to complete first. Our contractors are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the costs of your project during your consultation.