If you’re a first-time homeowner or this is the first time you’ve lived in a house (as opposed to a condo), you’re likely getting a crash course about the value of maintaining your roof.

Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions that Denver, CO homeowners have about their roofing systems.

How long is it supposed to last?

This is a question we get a lot, but the answer can vary greatly from client to client. There are a number of factors that will come into play when it comes to the overall lifespan of your roof. Materials and workmanship will have a huge impact, as will making sure that roof maintenance tasks are addressed promptly and as needed.  On average, an asphalt shingle roof will last between 25-30 years. Rubber roofing systems, tile roofs and wooden shingle roofs will have varying lifespans.

Who should I hire to help with repairs?

When you hire a contractor, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a service provider that’s licensed, insured and has a proven track record of success. Please don’t call the guy who decided to leave a random business card in your door. (Fact: reputable roofers don’t go door to door through the neighborhood in hopes of drumming up business.)  Please don’t hire a company that’s asking you to pay them up front, in full.  (This is a huge red flag.) The best way to find a roofer is to ask friends, family members and neighbors to find out if they’ve worked with a company that they were happy with.

Should I hire the company that gives me the best price?

Our answer to this is a resounding NO. First, if Company X undercuts his competition substantially, there’s a very good chance this person isn’t licensed or insured, and we’ve already talked about why you don’t want to make this type of hire. Second, experience and workmanship matters. Find out how much experience they have in repairing or replacing the type of roof you have on your home. Ask if they can provide you with several references, who have had similar work done on their home.  You should also check online reviews to see what other clients have said about this company in the past. If the bid is cheap, but the online reviews are horrendous, you’ll want to hire someone else.

Use reputable websites to source possible candidates

If you need to hire a roofer, you’ll want to skip Craigslist. Instead, you’ll want to look at websites such as Home Advisor, Angie’s List, Yelp and the Better Business Bureau.  This will ensure you’re contacting a service provider that’s both experienced and reputable.

If you have a roofing question, or you’d like to have us come out to provide you with a free repair or free roof replacement estimate, call Pioneer Roofing today to speak with a customer care agent you can trust.