Here are a few roofing facts to be aware of it you are considering a new roof
- Some clay roofs have lasted more than 1,000 years.
- It’s possible to get a coated steel roof that’s made with up to 65 percent recycled material.
- A 30-year warranty on an asphalt shingle roof doesn’t mean the roof will last for 30 years.
- You can get concrete roof tiles that look just like wood shakes—but they don’t contain any wood, so they don’t present a fire hazard.
- It’s not always necessary to tear off your existing roof if you want to switch from one material to another? Your roofer often can lay the new roof right over the old one.
- If you replace shingles with tile, you’ll need to hire a structural engineer (cost: $400 to $600) to determine how much extra reinforcement your roof needs to support the extra weight.
- If a tile roof springs a leak or has another problem, it’s almost always because of a problem with the underlayment, not the tile. You need to replace the underlayment every 15 to 25 years. It may cost more in time and labor but often you can usually put your old tile right back on the roof over the new underlayment.