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Roofing FAQs

What options do I have if I decide to reroof?

You basically have two options. You can choose a complete replacement, involving a tear-off of the old roof, or a re-cover over the existing roof, involving only the installation of a new membrane and surfacing. If you’ve already had one recover over your original roof, check with professional Chattanooga area roofing contractors to see if your deck can support a second recover.

Does leaky roof mean I need a new one?

Not all the time. Leaking can result because some flashings have come loose or because a section of the roof has been damaged. A total roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and results from improper installation or choice of materials, or from the installation of a roof system inappropriate to the building.

Can’t I just do the work myself?

Roofing is pretty much never a do-it-yourself type of project. At Armor Xteriors, we are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace a roof. Novices can harm a roof with improper roofing techniques and severely injure themselves by falling off or even through a roof in need of repair or replacement.

How long will my roof last?

The lifespan of your roof will depend heavily on the type of roof you have, the effects of the environment and the maintenance which the roof has received. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, asphalt shingles generally last 15-20 years; wood shingle/shakes, 10-40 years; clay/concrete tiles, 20+ years; slate, 30-100 years; metal roofing, 15-40+years. Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products.

What will a new roof cost?

The price of a new roof varies widely, depending on the material selected, the home itself, time of year, and more. Keep in mind that cost is only one factor, and it must be balanced against the quality of the materials and workmanship. For each roofing material there are different grades – and corresponding prices. Plus, there are a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.

Siding FAQs

What exactly is vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding is an option for your home that resists deterioration and rotting. Vinyl siding looks like painted wood, but with much more durability. However, it can be damaged in rare cases, such as being hit by large hail.

How much should I expect to pay?

With all home improvement projects, the cost of new siding is dependent on several variables. Armor Xteriors always uses competitive pricing. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation and learn more about what options you have for your home.

Can my homes exterior be maintenance free?

Not completely, but pretty close! Armor Xteriors can replace all of your exterior wood surfaces that require regular maintenance. This can be done by replacing your exterior with a “no maintenance required” solution, or fitting custom aluminum over the existing wood siding.

How long does siding last?

We’ve designed each of our siding products to last a lifetime, so you’ll never have to replace your siding ever again!

Does this affect my homes resale value?

After installing new vinyl siding, you can expect to see a return of approximately 80%, not including any savings on utility bills which can save you each month your in your home.

How long does installation take?

While every job is different, new siding can be installed on your home in less than a week.

Windows FAQs

Do We offer replacement window units?

Yes, at Armor Xteriors we offer Ply Gem Premium, Pro and Contractor Series Replacement products with options and features to meet your needs.

Are our windows available in colors?

Yes, Ply Gem products are available in a variety of colors. Head on over to our windows page to view some of our color, or click here to schedule a free in-home consultation with one of your window experts.

Can I do the work myself?

To maintain their industry-leading performance, windows need to be installed square and level, with a suitable water barrier. If your windows are not installed with these requirements, as a professional would do, it may lead to damage to not only your window, but additionally to your home.

How much does installation cost?

The exact cost of a window installation will depend on the kind of window you purchase and the type of installation needed. The energy efficiency of the windows will help you save on utility bills, making the overall cost less in the long run.

Do I need to be home for installation?

Someone from your home will need to be there to let us in the house and answer any questions we may have. Part of the installation process necessitates we go inside your home to set your window according to our high standards. Your window will be installed by a highly trained professional that will respect your home leaving the site clean.