New Roof Basics

At GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont, Colorado, we offer these new roof basics to review if that is your big home project this year. Our expertise in roofing is an asset as you look for solutions to your home’s roof problems. A new roof is a good investment as it will protect your home better and keep your property value higher. Read on to learn about new roof basics.

Safety First Inspection

Before you head up the ladder, first take a look at the roof from the ground. Binoculars are a useful tool for this. If you notice curled shingles, missing shingles, or cracked shingles, these are indicators that your roof needs either repair or replacement.

Check flashing around roof valleys, skylights, and the chimney. Check for cracked rubber boots about vents. Obviously, a trained professional can inspect a roof more safely and efficiently, so never hesitate to call on your local roofing company, one that you trust, to provide a thorough inspection.

Leaks and Roof Damage

A leaking roof must be dealt with by a professional due to the complexity of repairs. Sometimes a leak can originate somewhere entirely out of sight but show up elsewhere. For this reason, a trained and experienced roofing contractor will be the resource to talk to about leaks and roof damage.

Two Too Many

Building codes require a tear-off and roof replacement if there are already two layers of roofing on your home. Starting over with a new roof is the best way to go as opposed to trying to remedy an already damaged, leaking or challenged roof. The weight of adding more layers of roofing can also damage the structure of the home and put everyone at risk inside.

Rot, Water Damage, and Infestation

Have your contractor check for any signs of decay, rot, water damage or insect infestation while inspecting the roof. Water and termites can wreak havoc on a home, so be aware of these hazards. Even though it may cost more to replace, putting a new roof on a rotting or compromised structure will cost much more later on, as you could lose the structure and roof altogether.

Removing the Old

Remember that with a new roof installation comes a new underlayment. This creates a moisture barrier which is essential for a long-lasting, efficient roof. This will be considered in your new roof estimate.

Estimate Roof Cost

To do a little calculation yourself before calling in the experts, try this roof cost estimation. Multiply the length by the width of the roof in feet to get the area; add 10% for error and inevitable waste. Divide this by 100 to determine how many squares of roofing you will need. Suppliers sell their roofing by the square. A typical 2300-square foot home needs about 30 squares. Add anywhere from $3000-$10,000 for labor costs, and you will have a general estimate for a new roof. It’s recommended to keep some extra shingles on hand for minor repairs after a storm.


Get a warranty for the materials and a separate workmanship warranty for a new roof installation. Save all of your documents, receipts, contracts, and warranty information on hand in case you need it later. A warranty on materials will cover the replacement of defective materials and can offer reimbursement within a period of time such as 10 years. Warranties do not cover wind damage over 85 mph.

Fire Rating

Be sure that your new roofing materials are fire rated Class A. you can always ask your Longmont roofing contractor about the fire rating when discussing other new roof basics prior to install.

Going Solar

If you are on the way to going solar and using solar energy to supplement your home’s electricity, then do the installation at the same time as the new roof. Because solar panels are weighty, your new roof will need to support that weight efficiently. That way, the new roof system can be designed correctly for solar power, right from the start and save you any do-overs later on. A structural engineer can he hired coinciding with your roofing contractor making sure everything is compatible and structurally sound.

Roofing Options

Part of the new roof basics is deciding what type of roofing material is going to work best for your situation. Your budget and home style will determine the materials choice. There is a wide range to choose from, so consider the long-term investment of your decision carefully.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are easy to install and come in a variety of materials including aluminum, steel, alloys, and copper. Copper is the most expensive as it ages with a patina over time. This is aesthetically pleasing for many people, so again, it depends on the style of your home and your budget. Other metal roof options are much more affordable. Some tend to dent easily, but various textured surfaces hide minor damage exceptionally well. Along with being a bit noisier in a rainstorm, metal roofs do have a number of pros and cons to discuss with your Longmont roofing company before making a decision.

Asphalt Roof

When it comes to new roof basics, asphalt roofing is the most affordable option for a new roof and offers a relatively long roof life. An asphalt roof may last 30 years without needing major repairs. Of course, that depends heavily on what the weather conditions are and how severe the storms get – sun, wind, rain, hail and snow all play a role in roof deterioration.

You have two choices when it comes to asphalt shingles. Three-tab asphalt shingles are standard. Made of a single layer, they are low-profile and lay flat. Laminated shingles, called architectural or dimensional shingles, are layered and appear more like slate or wood shakes. It all depends on your style. 

Fake Slate

Made of composite materials such as rubber, asphalt, clay, plastic/polymer, faux slate roofing provides the same look as a real slate roof but without the bigger price tag. They also weigh less than real slate which is a bonus. However, know that fake slate is still susceptible to cracking or fading.

Now that you have a better idea about new roof basics, it’s time to take action and call your trusted roofing team at GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We are ready to help you tackle a new roof with competent and experienced craftsmanship.