When should I replace my roof?

Installing a new roof, or repairing an existing roof, is a huge job and a huge investment. After discovering a water stain on the ceiling and a few loose shingles in the yard, the question is whether you need a "roof repair" or if an entire roof replacement is necessary.

Speaking with an expert will help you decide which option is best. In the meantime, here are a few important tips.

Signs That Your Roof May Need To Be Replaced

If you notice your roof's shingle edges are curled or its shingle tabs are cupped, this may be a sign that your roof may need some attention.  Here's a few potential signs your roof might need repair:

  1. Shingle edges that are curled or shingle tabs are cupped is a definite sign something is wrong. If you notice cupping and curling of your asphalt shingles, you should call a roofer right away for an inspection.

Curled shingles

  1. Bald spots form on asphalt roofs when granules fall off. Leaks typically begin to form in those spots first. Having a roof leak means experiencing all the inconveniences that go along with it, such as discolored ceilings, curling shingles, and poor attic ventilation.

Bald spot

  1. Cracked shingles or sometimes known as "Thermal splitting," or "cracking" may be a result of a tearing of the shingles. Tearing is caused by thermal expansion and contraction of the material -- most often weather and age/wear related.
  2. Your roof is at least 20 years old.

Putting off the replacement of an old roof could lead to bigger problems down the road. Make sure you plan ahead and add this project to your to-do list as soon as warning signs appear.

When Should You Replace Your Roof?

A roof's lifespan varies depending on its type. As a first step, let's determine the average roof life span based on the type of roof:

Asphalt Shingles

Normally, a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof will last 15-20 years before it needs to be replaced. Architectural asphalt shingle roofs, on the other hand, are more resistant to environmental elements because of their design. Compared to 3-tab asphalt shingle roofs, these may last up to 10 years longer.

Clay/Cement Tile Roofing

Roofing with concrete and clay tiles is one of the most durable roofing options available. Tiles are not only very resilient but also quite heavy. As a result, they are installed over extra-strong roofing reinforcement, which means your home will be even more protected.

Wood Shingles

A roof with wood shingles typically lasts 25-30 years. However, wood shingles may require maintenance over time.

Slate Shingles

In comparison to any other roofing material, slate is undoubtedly the most durable one. The majority of them last for 100 years or more.

When Should You Hire an Expert Roofer?

Many property owners still try to handle things themselves, but there are a variety of situations that require the expertise of a professional roofing company. You don't want to risk further damage to your roof by doing it yourself or injuring yourself because you failed to hire a professional roofer.

Here are a few situations when hiring a professional roofer makes sense:

  1. Structural Issues
    A variety of things can cause this, but it's most common when a large object, like a tree branch, falls on your roof.
  2. Missing or Loose Shingles
    Shingles are a roof's first line of defense against the elements. The first thing homeowners do when they notice a problem with their shingles is to install a new shingle. Hiring a professional is a good idea when dealing with roof-related problems since they can properly identify the root cause of the issue.
  3. Leaks
    Whenever you observe a roof leak, don't ignore it. Instead of spending your time trying to figure out where the leak is coming from and how to fix it yourself, you should contact a professional roofer. Roof leaks can result from several different factors, but only a professional can address the problem and resolve it quickly before it has a chance to deteriorate further.

Are Roof Replacements Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

The good news is most homeowners' insurance policies cover your roof if it is damaged or destroyed. But you are generally only covered if the damage is the result of a sudden accident or act of nature.

I Need Help Finding a Contractor

Don't rush through this step. Choosing the right contractor can be challenging. Ask for recommendations, examine online reviews, and contact as many potential contractors as possible to determine who is available. Ideally, you should hire an experienced roofing contractor who offers a broad range of high-quality shingles and premiere carpentry services.

To ensure the roof on your home is in good hands, make sure you hire the right roofing company at all times. Getting rid of a leaking roof is not something that just happens overnight.

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