- How Long Will My Roof Last?
Generally speaking, we can expect properly installed and maintained asphalt shingle or tile roofs to last between 25-35 years. If you have purchased a home and do not know when the roof was first constructed, we recommend that you have a roof inspection to determine the remaining useful life of your roof. This will help you to both better maintain the roof to maximize longevity, as well as begin to budget for a new roof if you anticipate needing one while you own the home.
- Can I Really Extend The Life Of My Roof?
All roofing materials will eventually deteriorate and erode, especially in harsh sun and weather conditions. However, you can absolutely extend the life of your roof with proper maintenance. The mistake most homeowners make is to ignore small repairs as needed. A missing shingle takes little time and cost to fix; but ignoring that missing shingle may allow water to seep in, debris to accumulate and pry other shingles loose, or damage to affect the underlayment. Taking care of small problems can prevent the larger problems for decades.
- Are Tile Roofs Preferable to Shingle Roofs?
This really comes down to preference, and in some cases, your HOA rules! While tile roofing materials have traditionally been longer-lasting, newer asphalt shingle products have proven to be nearly as durable, as well as often easier to repair. Tile and asphalt shingle have differences in price, weight, longevity, and care requirements – so we definitely recommend talking to a licensed roofing contractor about which is best for you. Still, you can expect a quality asphalt shingle roof to last for 25 years or more.
- When Is It Time To Replace My Roof?
There are several key signs that indicate roof replacement is in order, such as:
- Bucking and curling shingles. Bucked shingles occur when moisture in the attic space causes nails to push out of place and loosen the shingle. This compromises the shingles' performance and exposes the roof to the elements, which can result in leaks and even more moisture damage.
- Algae growth. Bacteria from algae eat through the shingles, especially if they are low-cost shingles that are made primarily of limestone. According to the Department of Energy, cool roofs are more susceptible to algae formation, although any roof color can experience algae growth.
- Missing granules. Asphalt roofing shingles are made up of small granules. When these granules come loose, it can impact the shingles' performance. You can locate missing granulates by looking for fragments in the gutter system.
- Missing shingles. Professional roofing contractors are highly skilled at roofing installation and keeping shingles in place. However, these can blow away in the wind or become loose as they age. Missing shingles can allow rainwater into the home.
- Mold in the attic. This is one of the most concerning aspects of roof replacement. Mold forms in areas such as the rafter beams and the plywood on the underside of the roof.
- Will A New Roof Lower My Energy Bills?
If your roof is old and underperforming, replacing it for a new one can help lower energy bills. It is ideal that the attic remains close to the outside temperature, but overheating during the summer is a sign of inadequate ventilation. This can directly cause the HVAC to work in overdrive. A new roof lowers energy bills with ventilation and sound materials that prevent excess drafts and water leaks.
- How Do I Choose The Right Roofing Contractor?
Once you decide you need a new roof, the most important decision you can make is your contractor. Find a trusted roofing company to avoid harmful contractor scams and get the most out of your hard-earned money. A new roof isn't a small investment - the right contractor can give you a pleasant, professional experience and a roof that will last for decades without issue. Doing your research before hiring anyone can protect you from a disaster.
First, ask around for a good roofing contractor. Ask your friends and family members for suggestions, or post the question on social media. Word of mouth is one of the most reliable ways to judge the character of a roofing contractor, since you're speaking to people who have already worked with the company. Also look at the roofer's reviews from previous customers on Google or their website.
Next, investigate the company itself. Look for manufacturer designations, positive ratings with the BBB, and proper licensing and insurance. A contractor without these accreditations or one that refuses to show you licensing is probably scamming. At best, it is not the best quality contractor in your market.
- How Do I Prepare For a New Roof Installation?
If you do need to replace your roof, there are a few small steps you can take for a smooth process. First, remove loose items from your walls and shelves. Hammering up on your roof can sometimes cause enough vibration to make unsecured items fall. Clear your driveway as much as possible and the areas around your home. There is a chance roofing materials could fall into the driveway. Your contractor will also appreciate the extra space for work vehicles and equipment. A quality roofing contractor will take care of the rest - you just have to sit back and enjoy your brand new roof!
- How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
Every roof is different, so every roof costs a different amount. When considering the price of your new roof, roofing contractors take a few factors into consideration: size, old roof removal, style, shape, materials, and other features like chimneys, skylights, and vents that they need to work around.
A replacement roof is a big investment, and giving a quote without examining your unique situation would not be in our customers' best interest.
However, once the price of your new roof is calculated, there are plenty of ways to finance your roof, making paying for your new roof easy and affordable.