Frequently Asked Questions About Replacing a Roof

Frequently Asked Questions About Replacing a Roof from Ridge Valley Exteriors. Any roof replacement process, especially the tear-off, is stressful and complex – there are no two ways about it. And if you’re inexperienced in such tasks i.e., you don’t know how roofers tear off the old roof, how much does it cost and when exactly you need to replace your roof, you might neglect your roofing damage and don’t realize the importance of getting a roof replacement done on time. 

Do you even need to tear off your old roofing system before installing a new one? Or you can just install a new roof over an old roof? Will it be expensive? The short answer is “yes”.

At Ridge Valley Exteriors, our skilled and qualified roofers have been helping homeowners for over a decade now in accomplishing their roof replacement and tear-off projects quickly, smoothly, and in a stress-free manner. The sheer satisfaction that we get by providing homeowners like you with a resilient and energy-efficient brand-new roof is unparalleled with any other feeling in the world. 

Our vast experience and in-depth industry knowledge also enable us to educate homeowners about the entire process so that they can make a well-informed decision even before making any kind of investment.


If you have stumbled upon this article, chances are that you want to replace your roof soon. Like most homeowners, you might be confused about the cost of tear-off and replacement and how long the whole process will take for completion. Well, fret not! Our experts are always here to answer all your questions regarding your roof replacement project. So, without any further ado, let’s look.  

Should I Tear-Off and Replace My Old Roof?

Sometimes, a roof repair can’t provide you with long-term relief from your roofing problems. In such cases, a total roof replacement is a better and most cost-effective alternative in the long run. No doubt, tearing off your old roof and replacing it with a new one requires a significant investment of time and money, but a trusted and experienced contractor can help ease your burden to a great extent. Additionally, a brand-new roofing system can help prevent more severe structural issues, reduce/eliminate safety risks, and significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home.   

How Old Is my Roof?  

Every roof comes with a specific lifespan. On average, asphalt roofs have a lifespan of nearly 20-25 years. With regular maintenance, you can increase their life by some more years. However, roofing systems that are installed in areas with extreme weather conditions can deteriorate much faster. That’s why you should consider replacing your roof if it has reached the end of its service life.

Premium roofing materials like metal roofs, on the other hand, can last much longer than asphalt roofs. Another reason to replace your old roof is the lack of insurance coverage offered by the insurance companies for roofs older than twenty years.

What Are the Causes Of Frequent Roof Repairs?

If your roof has sustained severe damage right after a storm, get in touch with a professional roofer right away. Most often, severe, and widespread damage is difficult to repair especially if your roof is made of multiple layers. In such cases, tearing off your old roofing system and installing a new one in its place is an effective way to get rid of underlying defects. 

If you’re experiencing frequent roofing issues, there might be underlying issues that cannot be repaired. Not only dealing with frequent roofing problems is frustrating, but it will also waste your hard-earned money without providing you with any permanent solution. 

Do I Need to Tear Off My Old Roof?

A roof tear-off is required to build a long-lasting and trouble-free new roofing system. A tear-off also allows roofers to check your roof decking for any hidden issues. So, when you’re getting a new roof, skilled roofers will carefully tear off your old roofing materials section-by-section and fix any underlying roofing issues before installing a new roof from scratch. 

At Ridge Valley Exteriors, we take immense pride in offering top-quality roof repairs, maintenance, and replacement services that guarantee top-notch protection, unmatched performance, and exceptional longevity. To learn more, give us a call at 844-741-7663 and schedule a FREE consultation today. We service areas in Marco Island and Clearwater, FL, Acworth and Kennesaw, GA, Raleigh, and Durham, NC.