Tag: Gutters

Exactly how much does a new roof cost?

What can you expect to pay for a roof replacement? It’s an impossible question to answer without specifics, but we will help give you an idea!

As you can imagine, roofs have many variables — what materials are used, the size of the roof, and the possibility of insurance coverage — are just a few of the things that impact cost. The nationwide average cost of a new roof is $7,800, though that number can vary wildly.

The majority of roofs have a lifespan of about 15 years, so shopping for a new roof is a relatively rare endeavor. Based on this, it stands to reason that many people are not fully informed about their roofing options and have many questions … and why the Celtic Clan is happy to use our expertise to help.

Should I just repair my roof?

Maybe… But take a few things into consideration when making this decision:

  • The age of your roof — An older roof that needs extensive repair will not cost less, and you’ll likely need to replace it anyway pretty soon. Investing in a new roof could save you costly and temporary repairs, as well as your sanity.

  • The amount of damage on your roof — Got a small leak? Repair it! Got granule loss from hail damage? Replace it! (And let us help guide you through the insurance claim process … www.CelticRoofing.com/insurance-claims.)

  • Plans to sell your home — Would you rather buy a home with a NEW roof or a RECENTLY REPAIRED roof? Yes, a buyer feels the same way.

So, what is included in the cost of a roof replacement?

Normally, all these services are included in the replacement of a roof. Know them so you can compare estimates, and rest assured that you will be covered. Oh, and be sure to have a signed contract with your roofer, calling out all the specifics.

  • Tear off of the existing roof unless (in a few instances) the new roof will be set over the old one

  • Repair/replace the roof decking — Check out www.CelticRoofing.com/what-is-redecking to learn more about this vital aspect of your roof

  • New underlayment

  • Flashing replacement

  • Installation of the new roof material

  • New drip edging

  • Possible replacement of gutter and downspouts

  • Ice dam protection — Check out CelticRoofing.com/the-dreaded-ice-dam to learn more

  • The old roofing materials hauled away, never to be seen again

  • Full site cleanup — We want it to look better than when we arrived!

A few more things …

Make certain that your roofer is licensed and insured. Please don’t buy into the “we just have a ton of experience and don’t need a license” line. Working with an unlicensed roofer can not only cost you fines (as he probably will not be pulling the correct permits, and the Town won’t be happy about that) but it can also void your manufacturer’s warranty for your roofing material. Not to mention the fact that someone could be injured on the job — yikes! We think you get the point — License and insurance, please!

Are you a handyman, intrigued by the idea of replacing your own roof?

Join the club! That is why we do what we do, so we totally get it. However, besides the obvious benefit of personal accomplishment, there may not be too many more reasons to DIY this job. In theory, you may think it’ll save money. But in reality, it will likely cost you more (as well as a huge headache, and possibly your marriage). There is enormous potential for things to go awry, and as it’s virtually impossible to replace a roof singlehandedly, you’d better have some amazing friends who will give up a week to lend a hand. (And you thought it was hard finding someone to help you move…)

Will insurance cover the cost of my new roof?

That’s impossible to answer given the variables. However, now is a good time to look over your policy and determine things like the deductible, any exclusions (typically an old or neglected roof will not be covered) and the claim process. Celtic loves working with homeowners and insurance adjusters to ensure that your home is restored to its prime condition. Added bonus — a new roof will typically lower your homeowners’ insurance premiums. Yes, please!

What Now?

Without sounding too sales-y, you need to give us a call. The Celtic Clan has decades of experience with roofing and homeowners just like you. Let us take a look at your roof (can you say FREE inspection!), answer your questions, and get you some numbers.

Call us today to set up an appointment: 720.270.1300

When Is It Time for New Gutters?

Most roofs are pitched or sloped for one simple reason, gravity. Gravity funnels moisture and other debris off your roof to go where it should be, namely not on your roof anymore. Most properties would be a disaster if all roof debris were allowed to fall wherever it pleased, but luckily that’s why we have gutters.

Your roof’s gutters catch and funnel water and debris to specific locations to keep your property neat and tidy, so their importance as a part of your roofing system can’t be denied. So, when do you know your gutters have seen better days, and need to be replaced? Let’s review the signs that you need new gutters.

When Do You Need New Gutters?

Let’s review some of the more common symptoms of old or worn-out gutters, what they mean, and why you need new gutters to fix it.

Pools of Water Around the Property

If you walk around your property one day and notice strange pools of water where they shouldn’t be, it’s likely the gutters. You may not always be able to catch leaky gutters in action, but they leave evidence when they’ve seen better days. These pools of water can cause mold, mildew, and even erode your foundation in the worst cases.

Sagging or Pulling Away from the Home

If you notice that your gutters have started to sag or pull away from your home, they have likely outlived their useful life. This is also an issue that homeowners can spot from the ground.

Cracks/Nicks/Damage

Every crack, nick, and other damage can put your gutters in danger. Even the tiniest cracks will balloon as the gutter ages, leaving you with water and debris going where it shouldn’t be going. If you can walk your roof, try to inspect your gutters for this type of damage at least twice a year.

Peeling Paint and Rust

In most cases paint is baked on to gutters, so peeling paint and rust aren’t normal wear-and-tear, they’re a sign that your gutters are retaining moisture. Peeling paint is a great indicator that your gutters have served their useful life.

If you notice any of these issues, new gutters are likely in your future. Call your local roofing and gutter company to have them inspect your gutters and confirm if repair or replacement is your best course of action. When your gutters are strong, your roof and whole property will be happy and healthy.