It’s easy to take a roof for granted when there are no visible or noticeable signs of a problem. However, there are some important things you’ll want to keep in mind to extend the life of your roof as much as possible. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Virginia Beach roofing.


Q: How long can a roof last?

A: A typical asphalt roof generally lasts for about 20-25 years while a metal roof may last for 50 years or more. Life expectancy of a roof is also affected by factors such as how well it’s maintained, direct exposure to sunlight, how well it’s ventilated, and storm damage.


Q: How often should you have your roof inspected?

A: The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners have their roofs inspected at least twice a year. They suggest doing so in the spring and fall when the weather tends to be mild.


Q: Are roofs covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy?

A: Most policies will provide coverage for major unexpected issues such as fire, severe storm damage, or vandalism. Additional coverage for minor issues like blown-off or damaged shingles may be provided via warranty protection offered by the roofing contractor or manufacturer.


Q: What is a reroof and will it last as long as a complete replacement?

A: The term “reroof” refers to placing a new layer of shingles over the existing ones. When done correctly, a reroof can last as long as a completely new installation. If there is significant damage to underlying roof structures, a reroof isn’t recommended. Also, most municipalities have guidelines on how many layers can safely be placed on a roof.


Q: Does a leaking roof need to be totally replaced?

A: It depends on where the leak is located. If it’s relegated to a single area, a few small repairs or the application of new sealant may be all that’s necessary. If there are multiple leak areas, it may be time to consider replacement.


Q: How long will it take to get a roof replaced or installed?

A: It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete roof replacements or installations. How long it takes will depend on what needs to be done and the size and shape of your roof. Weather is also a factor.


Paying attention to your roof even when everything is fine can provide peace of mind. If your roof needs to be repaired, replaced, or inspected, L. McDaniel Contracting is the Virginia Beach roofing company you can count on to provide fast, affordable service and quality results.