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10 Most Common Re-Roof FAQs

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Answers to Common Questions for Yakima Area Homeowners about the roof replacement Process


When it comes to your home's roof, it's natural to have questions about inspections, repairs, replacements, and maintenance. In this blog post, we'll address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that homeowners often have about the roofing process. By understanding these common concerns, you'll be better equipped to make informed decisions and ensure the longevity and performance of your roof.

So, let's get started answering the most common questions about the roofing process for Yakima residents and building owners


FAQ #1 What are the signs that indicate I need a new roof?

Certain signs suggest that it may be time for a new roof. These signs include roof leaks, missing or damaged shingles, excessive granule loss, sagging roof sections, mold or mildew growth, and age. If you notice any signs of a deteriorating roof, it's crucial to address them promptly to avoid further damage to your home's interior and structure. For example, roof leaks can lead to water damage and mold growth, while missing or damaged shingles can compromise the roof's ability to protect your home from the elements. If your roof is older and nearing the end of its expected lifespan (typically over 20-25 years for asphalt shingle roofs), it's wise to consider a replacement to ensure continued protection.

FAQ #2 How often should I have my roof inspected?

Regular roof inspections are essential for identifying potential issues before they become major problems. It is recommended to have your roof inspected at least once a year, preferably in the spring or fall, when weather conditions are milder. During an inspection, a professional roofer will thoroughly assess your roof, looking for signs of damage, leaks, or wear and tear. They can then provide recommendations for necessary repairs or maintenance to keep your roof in optimal condition.

"A homeowner's instincts are usually pretty reliable. If your roof is getting older, and you are starting to wonder if it needs to be replaced, your instincts are probably correct."
- Josh Woodcock, Roofing Professional

FAQ #3 - How much does a re-roof cost?

The cost of a new roof depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of the roof, choice of materials, location, and contractor rates. In the Yakima area, you can expect to pay anywhere from $300-$550 per square for an Asphalt shingle install, all the way up to $1200-$1500 per square for Metal roofing install (excludes sales). It's best to obtain quotes from reputable roofing contractors to get an accurate estimate for your specific project. While cost is an important consideration, it's essential to prioritize quality materials and skilled installation. Investing in a high-quality roof ensures long-term performance, durability, and protection for your home.

FAQ #4 - What types of roofing materials are available?

A wide range of roofing materials is available, each with its own pros and cons. The most common roofing materials include asphalt shingles, metal roofing, wood shakes or shingles, clay or concrete tiles, and synthetic roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are popular due to their affordability and versatility. Metal roofing offers durability and longevity. Wood shakes or shingles provide a natural and rustic look. Clay or concrete tiles are known for their aesthetic appeal and longevity. Synthetic roofing materials, such as synthetic slate or composite shingles, offer a balance between aesthetics and durability. When selecting a roofing material, consider factors such as cost, durability, climate suitability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetics. Consulting with a roofing professional can help you determine the best material for your specific needs and preferences. Check out our blog post called "Roofing 101: Understanding Different Roof Types for the Pacific Northwest" for more detailed information on the different roofing material types.

FAQ #5 - How long does a typical roof installation or replacement take?

The duration of a roofing project can vary depending on factors like the roof's size, complexity, weather conditions, and the materials being used. A standard roof installation or replacement can typically take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. However, larger or more intricate roofs may require additional time. Weather conditions can also impact the timeline, as roofing work may need to be temporarily halted during inclement weather. It's best to consult with your roofing contractor for a more accurate estimate of the timeline specific to your project.

FAQ #6 -Will my homeowner's insurance cover roof repairs or replacement?

Coverage for roof repairs or replacement may vary depending on your insurance policy and the cause of the damage. Damage resulting from natural disasters or sudden events, such as storms or fires, is typically covered by homeowner's insurance. However, regular wear and tear or lack of maintenance are usually not covered. It's important to review your insurance policy and understand the extent of coverage for roof-related issues. Consult with your insurance provider to clarify any doubts or questions you may have regarding. Usually the rule for an insurance claim is "sudden and accidental". Wind damage, a tree limb falling on your roof, hail-storm damage, etc. are examples of damage that would be considered "sudden and accidental". In some cases, insurance will cover a complete roof replacement. Again, it is, important consult your insurance provider to clarify your coverage.

FAQ #7 -Do I need to be present during the roofing process?

While you don't need to be present for the entire roofing process, it's recommended to be available during the initial inspection and at the start of the project. This allows you to discuss concerns or questions with your roofing contractor and ensure that all your expectations are communicated clearly. Being present for the final inspection is also beneficial to ensure that the work has been completed to your satisfaction and meets the agreed-upon standards.

FAQ #8 - How do I choose the right roofing contractor?

Choosing a reputable roofing contractor is crucial for a successful roofing project. Start by researching local contractors and considering factors such as experience, reputation, licenses and certifications, insurance coverage, warranties offered, and customer reviews. It's recommended to obtain multiple quotes to compare pricing and services. Ask for references and reach out to previous clients to get feedback on their experience. Take the time to thoroughly research potential contractors to make an informed decision and ensure you're working with professionals who will deliver high-quality workmanship. Click here for testimonials from past G&H Roofing customers and Click here to learn more about us.

FAQ #9 - How can I maintain my roof to prolong its lifespan?

Regular roof maintenance plays a vital role in extending its lifespan. Keep gutters clean to prevent water buildup, trim overhanging tree branches that can damage the roof, inspect for and repair any damage promptly, and ensure proper attic ventilation. Additionally, schedule periodic professional inspections to identify and address any issues before they escalate. Check out this Blog post called "5 Common Roofing Problems: Causes and Fixes for a Healthy Roof" for more information about fixing and maintaining your roof to prolong it's lifespan

FAQ #10 - Do I need a permit for roof repairs or replacement?

Permit requirements vary by location, but in the Yakima area, a permit is usually not required for roof repairs or maintenance. In the city limits of Yakima, and surrounding towns, like Selah, Moxee, Wapato, Sunnyside, Ellensburg, etc. a permit is required for a complete roof replacement. In the unincorporated areas of Yakima county, a permit is not required for roof replacements on residences, but is required for commercial re-roof projects. Additionally, if you live in a manufactured home, a permit is required for roof replacements and must be secured through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Your roofing contractor should be familiar with local building codes and can guide you through the permit process, ensuring compliance with regulations.


By addressing these frequently asked questions about the roofing process, you now have a better understanding of what to expect and how to navigate important decisions regarding your roof. Regular inspections, prompt repairs, and informed material choices are key to ensuring the longevity, performance, and protection of your home. When it comes to roofing projects, it's always advisable to consult with professional roofing contractors who can provide personalized advice and guide you through the process. With their expertise and your newfound knowledge, you can embark on a successful roofing journey.

Of course, if you have any additional questions, we are always available and eager to answer them. Call, email, or fill out the contact information by clicking here and one of the owners at G&H Roofing and Remodel, LLC will be happy to help you get the answers you need.

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