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Roof Replacement

Roof Replacement

No matter what the quality of your current roof, the reality is roof replacement will become necessary if you want to properly protect your home and contents. The good news is that roof replacement projects deliver significant return on investment.

Choosing roof replacement services isn’t a purchase decision made lightly. There are many considerations to learn and understand before investing in a full roof replacement.

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Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

Repair or replace? That is the question that homeowners often face when it comes to roofing problems. While repairs can extend the life of your roof, they’ll only take you so far. Eventually, your roof will need to be replaced. The challenge is identifying when that is for your home. Waiting for an emergency to strike to invest in a roof replacement is a surefire way to overpay and rush your decisions. 

There are a few common warning signs, and it’s likely you’ll experience more than one. Maybe there are some granules in the gutters, the flashing is showing signs of wear, and you’re coming up on 15 years with the same roof—in that case, a full roof replacement may be your best option. Keep an eye out for the key warning signs below as you weigh your options to replace or repair your roof.

It’s Getting Old:

If you have records of when the existing roof was installed, you can get a good idea of how long it should last. If your asphalt roof is over 15 years old, you can bet it’s time to start thinking about a roof replacement. However, the expected lifespan of materials alone isn’t enough. Variations in maintenance, ventilation, and other factors can impact lifespan, so it’s important not to lock into a specific number of years.

Damage to the Shingles:

It’s important to inspect your roof after serious, inclement weather. Hail, high winds, snow fall, and downed trees can damage the shingles on your roof, leading to cracks and leaks. On a small scale, repairs can keep moisture out. But if there’s extensive damage, you may need to invest in a roof replacement.

Moss and Algae:

Moss and algae buildup on your roof can be more than just a cosmetic problem—it can point to a serious moisture issue. If you notice moss or algae building up on your roof, be sure to contact a licensed roofer to fully inspect the problem. Most importantly, don’t try to power wash the growth off—you’ll do more damage to the roof.

Spread of Granules:

If you have an asphalt roof, the shingles are coated in granules to protect against damage from the sun. When the granules wear off, shingles take too much heat from the sun and can start to bubble/crack. Finding granules in your gutters or scattered on the roof can be a sign that it’s time for a replacement. Keep in mind that a brand-new roof will have loose granules. This is more applicable for mid-life roofs.

The Deck Is Damaged:

Roofing isn’t all about shingles. The deck of plywood and/or substrate that keep your roof intact is also important. If you see plywood sagging or showing signs of water damage, it is time to replace your roof.

Energy Bills on the Rise:

There are many factors that impact a home’s energy efficiency. Your roof plays an important role. If energy bills are rising unexpectedly and you can’t find another cause, the roof may be contributing to the problem.

Flashing Wear and Tear:

Another aspect of your roof you should play close attention to are the flashings around vents, chimneys and other penetrations on the roof.  These materials can break down over time, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements.

Choosing the Right Company for a Roof Replacement

When you’ve selected your materials, reviewed warranties, and collected price estimates from contractors, it’s time to decide who will carry out your project. For many homeowners, this is the most difficult part of the process—how can you tell the good contractors from the bad? Choosing a roof replacement contractor is all about trust. Which contractor is going to go above and beyond to provide transparency and take the time to walk you through the entire process to ensure you understand. 

The more detail you receive in a contractor’s roof replacement proposal, the better. When a contractor can provide specific details about your current roofing system and a proposal for a roof replacement in a package that’s easy for the homeowner to understand, you’ll know it’s worth considering. Too many contractors will get by with low-cost estimates and win new business based on price alone. That may work for some homeowners, but the best option for your home’s value and protection is to go with the most trustworthy contractor.

There is always someone who will do the project for cheaper. Put your roof replacement in hands you can trust.


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