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Roof Installs and Replacements in the Triangle since 1986

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 to inspect your roof looking for any signs of future issues and to perform preventative maintenance whenever possible.

When Our 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:

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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.
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MISSING SHINGLES

Composed of alternating levels of fabric that carries hot polymer-modified bitumen rolled out over the roof (similar to sod you might have laid down around your property). 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.

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 crucial expense taken care of, and you can increase your listing offer. If your home is your forever home, that is even more reason to replace the roof.

If you decide to get the ball rolling on the new roofing project, we encourage homeowners to set guidelines and specifications for their contractors to follow. In doing this, homeowners will receive similar quotes for the performance of the same work and materials used. This will leave homeowners with the peace of mind that comes with understanding the scope of their install, and also better able to make a decision on which contractor to choose.

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 an expert opinion. Our company would be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you might have. We proudly provide service to customers throughout the Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Cary, Carrboro, and Raleigh, NC areas.

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