Can a roofing company help me decide if it’s time to replace my roof?
With hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe weather bringing strong winds to large swaths of North Carolina and potentially severe, seasonal weather just around the corner, it’s a good time to consider whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
Many homeowners wait to call a roofer until after they see leaks. If you wait too long though, you could end up with unnecessary and easily avoidable damage to other areas of your home, which may not be covered by homeowners insurance. So it’s a good idea to have a roofer you trust inspect your roof looking for any signs of future issues and to perform preventative maintenance whenever possible.
But even with preventative maintenance, unexpected problems can arise. When you have an issue, what factors can help you determine whether a simple repair will fix it or whether a complete roof replacement is your best option? And, should you listen to a roofing company or roofing contractor’s advice on the subject?
When This Roofing Company Says It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
Here are some tips to help figure out when it’s time for a new roof:
- Roof Age
How old is your existing roof? Depending on the type of roofing materials used to construct your current roof, age may be the biggest factor in determining when replacement is needed. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material found in the southeast. Experts agree that a properly installed asphalt roof will last anywhere from 20 to 25 years. As a roof ages, asphalt shingles dry out becoming more brittle and more likely to detach during strong winds or heavy rainfall. Concrete, slate, or metal shingles, which last a bit longer, might be worth considering for your next roof. Talk with a trusted roofing company about your options.
- Missing Shingles
If you lost shingles during the latest storm, this is a good sign that patching up the current roof is not a safe, long-term solution. More than a few shingles blowing off could be an indication that your roof is failing. Asphalt shingles are composed of a base material, like a heavy-duty felt mat, that gives the shingle strength; an asphalt top; and surfacing materials, usually in the form of mineral granules. Most shingles have 3-tabs with a factory-applied adhesive that seals each row of shingles to the next row. When shingles blow off of roofs, sometimes the “tabs” blow off. If “tabs” are missing, sealing the roof properly becomes difficult and could result in additional leaks down the road.
- Shingles curling
Besides missing shingles, curling or buckling shingles are another sign that an old roof is on its last legs. Even if you haven’t lost shingles, shingles that are not adhering well to each other can leave you just as vulnerable to leaks. You are most likely to see signs of curling shingles especially on the slopes of your home that receive the most direct sunlight. Additionally, this could be a sign of an improperly installed roof or defective shingles. If you suspect this to be the case, contact a licensed roof contractor to figure out if you’re eligible for a partial or full refund.
- Roof seams
Another place to check for leaks and other issues is around the seams of your roof, also referred to as flashings. The climate here in the southeast is tough on roofs given our high humidity and drastic temperature fluctuations. It is not uncommon for our temperatures to fluctuate 60 degrees in a 12-hour time period. These drastic changes create additional stress on a roof. Because of this, roofing contractors often recommend lining roof valleys with sheet metal before placing the shingles on top. These seams are one of the most important parts of your roof since rain and snow flow down these valleys into the gutters. If there are problems with your roof, they are likely to start at the seams.
- Gutter Inspection
Another sign that you might be in the market for a new roof is when your shingles lose a lot of surface granules. These granules, which are the consistency of sand or tiny gravel, protect the roof from UV rays and improve fire resistance. Generally, you’ll see the granules collecting in your gutters if your shingles are nearing the end of their life cycles. You may also notice dark streaks and discoloration on different parts of your roof because the top layer of your shingles has broken down exposing more of the asphalt underneath. If you notice this condition and you are unsure it warrants roof replacement, please contact a roofing company to help you preserve the value of your home.
A Roofing Company Tip
Finally, we’ll mention one other consideration that goes beyond the physical condition of your roof:
- What are your long-term plans for your home? If you are considering putting your house on the market within the next five years and you are experiencing any of the above warning signs, replacing the roof now could be a great investment. Potential buyers will be thrilled to have this potential expense taken care of and they will show their appreciation by making you a higher offer.
Deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is a big decision. Keeping these tips in mind should give you a good place to start. In the end, when it comes to protecting your family and property, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you have any doubts, it can’t hurt to call in a licensed roofing company to give you expert opinion. Our experts would be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you might have. Call us today at 919-732-5028!