The roof is an easy part of your home to forget about––until something goes wrong, that is. And when something goes wrong, it can be difficult to get the information you need to come up with a fix you can afford. That’s why we’ve put together answers to 10 of the questions we hear most often from our clients. Check them out here, and if you have any more questions after this blog, be sure to give us a call! Werner Roofing is here as a resource for you, and we’d love to help answer any roof-related concerns you might have.

How Long Should a Residential Roof Last?

Naturally, there are a few factors that can lengthen or shorten the life of your roof, but in general, an asphalt roof can be expected to last about 20 years, while a metal roof will last a conservative 50 years. That said, things like climate, extreme weather, and maintenance can affect the lifespan of your roof. If you live in an area like Minneapolis that regularly gets a heavy snowfall or high winds, your roof might take a bit more wear and tear that is standard. Alternatively, roofs that are regularly inspected, maintained, and washed can be expected to last a bit longer.

How Much Does a New Roof Cost

This is a tough one to answer because everyone’s home is different. The best way to get a solid estimate is to simply call your local trusted roofing professional. Most reputable roofers will offer a quote at no cost, and with no obligation. Know that every aspect of your home, like shape, size, and location, will affect the price of your new roof, as will the material you choose.

What Does Roof Insurance Normally Cover?

It’s good to know that in most cases, your roof is protected from major unexpected damage, like vandalism or fire, by your homeowner’s insurance policy. In terms of minor issues, like cracking or curling shingles, most roofs come with a warranty. Typically, a roofer’s warranty for the labor on your roof is at least 10 years.

Should I replace a leaking roof?

One or two leaks are not a major disaster. As long as you call a roofing professional and get the leaks fixed as soon as you notice the problem, your roof will probably be fine. If you have more than one or two leaks, however, you may be looking at some more extensive repairs.


Additionally, if you wait to get leaks fixed, water can seep under shingles and begin to rot away at the roof deck. When this happens, there’s typically no other solution than to get your roof replaced. It’s important to make sure you call a professional at the first sign of a leak if you’re looking to avoid a total roof replacement.

What options do I have for roof replacement?

When you install a new roof over an existing roof, you can opt for another asphalt shingle roof, of you can go with a lighter metal roof. Both have their benefits, but a metal roof will put less weight on the structure of your home and is likely to last longer. When you’re considering re-roofing, it’s a good idea to chat with an experienced roofing professional to see what the best option is for your home, and your budget.

How do I know that my roof needs to be replaced?

When you’re trying to determine how healthy your roof is, the first thing to note is its age. An asphalt roof that’s older than 20 years is overdue for replacement. This is the easiest way to get ahead of the damages that go along with an aging roof, but younger roofs can develop problems too, which is why it’s good to inspect your roof at least one time a year.


Additionally, you might consider heading to the attic on a sunny day to check for holes where light peeks through in the underside of your roof. Problem spots tend to be near the chimney and stack vents. If your roof is beginning to fail, you’ll see pinholes of sunlight peeking through, indicating that your roof could use a bit of maintenance. While you’re up there, be sure to check for wet spots in the ceiling. If you see anything suspicious, call a roofer immediately––water damage that has seeped all the way to the attic can be a serious problem.

How long does roofing installation take?

Again, this one is dependent on the shape of your home, and what type of new roof you’re having installed. A new roof can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you’re having an asphalt roof installed on top of an old one, expect the job to take less time, because the roofers won’t have to strip the previous roof. Timing will also depend on the size of your roofers’ crew, and the weather.

Is it possible to get a new roof during the winter?

If you’ve had a major roofing catastrophe––say a tree fell on your home, or you discovered a great deal of water damage––you might need a new roof ASAP. Many homeowners are afraid that roofers won’t work in the winter, because of the dangerous weather. While it is more difficult to install roofs in the winter, most roofers can make it happen so long as they’re careful. Installing a roof in the winter may take a bit more time, since roofers have to take great care, store materials appropriately, and wait for clear days, but it’s done all the time. If you need a roof ASAP, don’t worry that the weather will put your family out.


Intelligent Design is Minneapolis’ #1 Roofing Contractor

Intelligent Design is a roofing company that provides complete roofing installation, repair, and replacement of residential and commercial properties in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.


We offer fast, efficient service, work of the highest caliber, and affordable rates that stay within your budget. To schedule a free estimate, contact us at 763-315-0745, or you can message us on our contact page.