Frequently Asked Roofing Questions


When searching for a roofing company, there are many questions that need to be answered. Sometimes it is difficult to find the answers to these questions without hours and hours of research. Below we have compiled answers to a few of the most frequently asked roofing questions we hear to make your roofing company search a little easier! 


A: The most easily noticed sign that you need a new roof is a leak in the ceiling. As you can imagine, it isn't always that simple. There are a variety of other factors that could indicate you may need a replacement as opposed to a patch up. The first is to think about the age of your roof. If it is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider getting a professional opinion. This is around the time when your roof gets more and more expensive due to having to repair more often. In the long run, replacing your roof could save you hundreds of dollars. Other things to look out for are missing, cracked, torn, or bald shingles, a large amount of shingle granules in the gutters, and a large amount of moss growing on the roof surface.

*Please do not climb on a roof yourself. It is best to inspect a roof from the ground or on a ladder, and call a professional if you see any warning signs of damage.*

2) Q: What is Drip Edge?

A: Drip edge is a strip of metal that is placed on the edge of the roof near the gutters, as well as on the eves and rakes of the roof. This is crucial in protecting the roof in a few different ways. First off, drip edge helps protect vulnerable areas from insects getting between the roof deck and the fascia boards. The drip edge also protects against the movement between these two components. Secondly, drip edge improves the roof's water shedding capabilities by pushing water away from the building, and towards the gutters. This protects the underlying wood from water damage. Installing drip edge on your roof is definitely important in prolonging it's life, as well as giving the roof a nice finished look.

3) Q: How long does it take to replace a roof?

A: The amount of time it takes to replace a roof depends on a few different factors including how large the roof is, how many crew members will be conducting the replacement, and how experienced these crews are. On an average sized home, it should only take 1-2 days to get fully replaced, and the surrounding area to get cleaned up.

4) Q: How much will it cost to get my roof replaced?

A: This is another question that varies heavily depending on a number of different factors including roof size, shingle type and color, extra warranties, and upgrades added to the project. Many of our customers have their roof replacement covered by their insurance company. This leaves the customer responsible for simply their deductible, and any extra features they wish to add that wouldn't be covered by the insurance company. For customers who pay out of pocket for their replacement as opposed to through insurance, there are financing options available. To get a more accurate estimate of the potential cost, contact a professional for a full inspection.

5) Q: I've gotten my roof replacement approved by my insurance company, what happens now?

A: Once the insurance adjuster approves the roof, you will be placed on our installation schedule and the process will begin. You will work closely with your J&M Roofing representative to choose the shingle type, style, and color that will be the best combination for your home's design. Your insurance company will release a check, or ACV, with a portion of the cost on the scope of work. This check, as well as your deductible, are paid upon installation. J&M will then work directly with your insurance company, notify them upon completion of work, and submit a supplement request for costs incurred during installation that were not included in the original estimate, such as siding, gutters, windows, and any other additional improvements. Then, the second check with the remaining approved, or depreciation, as well as an approved supplement payment will be released directly to J&M.