New Roof? Here's What You Need To Know

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Getting a new roof on your home is usually a once in a few decades process, one that many aren’t super familiar with. We get a lot of questions about the process, so here are the answers to them. 

When Do I Need To Replace My Roof?

Knowing when to replace a roof is the most asked question. There are a few key signs that show roof replacement is necessary, such as:

  • Curling Shingles

Curled shingles occur when moisture is in the attic space causes nails to push out of place and loosen the shingle. This comprises the shingles’ performance and exposes the roof to the elements. This can cause leaks and more moisture damage. 

  • Missing Granules

Asphalt roofing shingles are made of small granules. When these granules come loose, it affects the shingles’ performance. Look in the gutter for granules. If you see them, it is time for a roof replacement. 

  • Missing Shingles

Shingles can blow away in the wind or become loose as they age. Missing shingles can allow moisture like rainwater into your home. These shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible.

  • Water Damage

Any signs of water damage mean it is likely time to replace your roof. Once the water seeps through your roofs’ shingles, it quickly finds its way inside. Signs of moisture in your home include brown spots on the ceiling, peeling paint, or mold or mild. 

  • Age Of The Roof

Most roofs have a lifespan of 20-30 years, so if it is on the older side, it’s likely a replacement is necessary. 

  • Storm Damage

If any hurricanes, tornadoes or otherwise violent storms have come through your neighborhood, you may have enough damage to require a total roof replacement. Even a harsh winter can do serious damage to your roof. 

Should I Replace The Shingles Or Replace The Entire Roofing System?

A roof is much more than just a layer of shingles. Replacing the entire system is the best route for enhancing your roof’s performance. However, if there are just a few missing shingles, replacement is an option. Consulting with a roofing professional is your best bet to determine whether you can get away with just replacing some things rather than replacing the entire roof. 

Can I Replace My Roof In The Winter?

The most popular time of the year for roof replacement and repair is spring and late fall. However, winter works just as well. An experienced roofing team knows how to install a roof in cold temperatures. 

Can I Just Have The Roof Installed Over The Old One?

It is possible to install a new roof over the old one, but it’s not a good idea in the long run. Materials like shingles should be installed as fast as possible, which is hard to do if the old roof is still present. Additionally, roofing weight is heavy on a home. Two roofs double that weight. Finally, if your old roof has hidden issues, there is little chance to fix those issues by just installing a fresh one over it.

Why Can’t I Install It Myself?

There are definitely some homeowners that can install their own risks, but there are a few risks with the DIY approach. For example, some roofing systems have specific installation processes that require training before installation. Improper installation results in compromised performance. You also void your warranty coverage if you install your roof yourself, whereas you get a full warranty on a professionally installed roof. Finally, there are many benefits to having a professional roofer inspect and install your roof so it performs at its peak capacity for years to come. 

How Long Does A Roof Last? 

All roofs have an expiration date. However, we use the best materials available to make sure your roof lasts. A fresh asphalt roof has a lifespan estimate of around 20 years, but could need replacement before or after that based on a variety of factors. 

Will It Lower My Energy Bills?

If your roof is old and underperforming, roof replacement can actually help lower energy bills. Good ventilation means the temperature inside the attic is like the temperature outside, which helps prevent condensation. Overheating is another sign of bad ventilation, which can cause your HVAC to work in overdrive. An updated roof ensures the ventilation of your roof is good and the materials are sound to prevent drafts and water leaks. 

Is A Roof A Good Investment?

Roofing is a brilliant investment. It increases the return on investment on your property, increases curb appeal, prevents ice dams in the winter, and has potential energy savings. They design quality roofing replacement to last a long time. 

What Type Of Roofing Shingle Is Best For My Roof And My Budget?

The first thing to determine when evaluating the cost of your roofing project is to determine if you are going to need a full replacement or just roof repair. A large roof replacement is a bigger project, which is typically more expensive. 

To determine the best material for your roof, you need to consider durability, cost, and aesthetic appeal. Shingles are typically a cheaper option, while top end slate roofs will cost you a pretty penny. Consider your home’s architectural style to determine what material and design is best for your roof. 

How Much Will A Roof Cost?

The cost of a roofing system greatly depends on the size of the project, the materials used, the style of your home, marketing costs, and the roofing company you hire. Typical costs for roofing systems are on average about $6,500. 

Do I Have To Replace Gutters and Downspouts?

If your gutters are in good condition, a qualified roofing team can work around them so they don’t have to be replaced. However, if they need to be repaired or replaced, the best time to do it is with a roof replacement to make sure everything works well together. 

We hope we’ve answered all of your questions about your new roof. If there’s anything we haven’t covered, let us know. Give us a call at 636-699-0449 to get started today.