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If you have never hired a roofing contractor or you haven’t really needed to do much work on your Orlando roofing in the past, you are not alone. A roof is designed to last a long time, which means that you will probably only hire someone to come and repair or replace it a few times in your life. Since that is true, many people have limited experience and a lot of questions about roofing. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

How do I know if my roof needs replacement?

The most common signs of a failing roof include:

  • Leaks
  • Missing shingles
  • Torn, bruised, or buckling shingles
  • Loose metal flashing
  • High volume of shingle granules in the gutters
  • Noticeable water leaks or spots on the ceilings or walls inside your home
  • A roof that is more than 20 years old

Do roof leaks always mean I will need a new roof?

No, getting simple repairs or total roof replacement depends on the severity of the leak and whether or not there is any underlying damage to the roofing support structure. If we do see signs of problems under the shingles we may recommend replacement to be safe, otherwise small problems can often be fixed with repairs.

What is the best roofing material?

The answer to this question depends on many factors, including your home style, your budget, and your personal preferences. Some of the most common materials that Orlando roofing companies use today include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Metal roofing
  • Tile roofing

Talk to an experienced roofing contractor about the benefits and potential drawbacks of each before you decide on one.

How long should my Orlando roofing last?

The lifespan of your roof depends on many factors, including the materials used, quality of the initial installation, weather, and maintenance schedules. With proper care even an asphalt roof (which has the shortest lifespan) can last for as many as 20 to 25 years, while materials like metal roofing or tile can last for 50 years or more.

To learn more about the Orlando roofing options available to you, call a contractor today to discuss your needs.