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FAQ's About Roof Replacement

All too often we get asked some of the same questions from our clients in the Michiana area. Whether it be Elkhart, South Bend, or Mishawaka people seem to want to know the following things.

When is it time to replace your roof?

There are many signs that you are ready to invest in a new roof.
A new roof is an expensive investment, we all know. It’s unfortunately common for roof salesmen to push for a new roof when it might be too soon. Get the biggest bang for your buck by knowing what to look for.

  1. Check for leaks or light coming in from the attic ceiling. This is an easy way to tell if your roofing needs repaired or replaced.

  2. Shingle edges are curled or warped. 

  3. There are bald spots where granules are missing. These granules can be seen in your gutter.

  4. Your roof is 20 years or older. You may have a warranty or other information regarding the age of your roof that can be used as a guide.

  5. Are your neighbors getting new roofs? Homes built around the same time and experience the same environment are usually on similar timelines. 

  6. Dark streaks. Airborne algae can leave dark streaks over time. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, the discoloration can be unappealing.

  7. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight. This can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the surface and over time, freezing climates can cause damage.

All of these factors can contribute to the “health” of your home. When you are ready for a free estimate, call Clayton Hoover and Sons.

Should I replace the shingles or the entire roofing system?

A roof consists of much more than a layer of shingles. Replacing the entire system is the best route for enhancing the roof’s performance. So, where do we draw the line between a couple of new shingles and an entirely new roof? Refer to the answer above for more information.

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Can I replace my roof in the winter?

Miss the summer rush! Summer is our busiest season. That means a longer wait for your new roof. While those who want a project done quickly opt for Spring or Fall seasons, a true professional can replace a roof in the winter. Obvious reasons, like weather, usually deter most from doing the work. A roof emergency in the winter is the last thing you want if you live in South Bend. Clayton Hoover and Sons will not freeze you out if you are freezing in your own home.

Is a new roof a good investment?

There are many benefits when you upgrade your home with a new roof. Many of these factors actually end up making you money!

When you get a new roof, it is truly an investment- you must spend money to make money. When you hire Clayton Hoover and Sons, you will see improvements in:

  • Curb appeal. 

  • Home value with 60%+ ROI.

  • Energy savings with professional roof installation and attic ventilation.

  • Ice dam prevention in the winter.

Quality roofing replacement is designed to last for a lifetime. Make sure you hire a reputable company. These days, it can be hard to know who to trust with your home. People will offer roofing services without proper training and licensing. As long as you do proper research and hire a reputable company, your new roof will be worth it.

frequently asked-questions about a new roof

What shingles should I buy?

Clayton Hoover and Sons primarily uses asphalt shingles. These are a great option for the Northern Indiana climate, while still being cost-effective and appealing.

There are three main categories of asphalt shingle products available today – strip, dimensional, and luxury shingles. We have options for every style.

What is shingle underlayment and why do I need it?

The purpose of the shingle underlayment is to provide an additional moisture-resistant layer under your roof shingles. Though pricier than older options, synthetic underlayments are lighter in weight, better at lying flat, and offer superior water resistance. The usual downfall of a roof is caused by moisture, so a good waterproof underlayment is necessary.

You can learn more about underlayment at

When you ask the right questions, you can find the right roofing contractor.

For the best results around, contact Clayton Hoover and Sons at We use top-of-the-line products and have over 75 years of expert experience in roofing. We are always here to help you. Thanks for reading!