Determining if your roof needs repairing or if it needs to be completely replaced is a large undertaking.
Making good decisions is the key to minimizing short and long term
costs of re-roofing.
The first decision is whether to simply patch leaks and damaged areas or whether partial or complete re-roofing is in order. If you choose the latter, you’ll also have to decide whether to roof over your existing roof or whether to remove it. There are cost consequences either way. Replacing or repairing a problem roof as soon as it is necessary may also prevent potential further damage to other parts of your house and belongings. We want you to have peace of mind that your most precious assets are safe and dry, free from damage.
If You Find a Problem with Your Roof, Act FAST!!!
Due to wind damage or a fallen limb is a relatively easy and inexpensive. Torn or damaged shingles can be removed, and new ones can be slipped in place. One downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have saved some spare shingles from the job, your patch job may not match the existing roof. Not a big deal if the repair would extend the life of your current roof for another 10 or 15 years, right? We agree!
However, if you plan to sell your home in the next few years, Ready Roofing can order shingles that match as closely as possible. No guarantees, but we will try our best! Just remember that a roof with a prominent patch is unattractive and will not inspire a potential buyer’s confidence.
If your roof damage is larger but confined to one side of the roof then a partial re-roofing can an option that will cost thousands of dollars less than doing the entire roof. Repairing a section of roofing will also make it easier to blend new with old, because slight color differences will be less noticeable.
It’s Important to Consider: Counter to intuition, a partial re-roofing can be more expensive on a cost per square (a 10′ x 10′ area) basis. Choosing this option can create other problems. For example, if an asphalt roof already has two or more layers, all layers will have to be removed in order for the partial re-roofing to proceed. So in addition to increased labor and disposal costs, you may face the possibility of a lopsided effect at ridges, with the old roof ending up a couple of inches higher than the new one. Even when built up with a course of shingles and covered with a ridge cap, the hump may still be noticeable.
A New Roof – Cheaper in the Long Term?
When to reroof depends on several variables, including the shingles’ wear and age, the climate in your area, and your home’s susceptibility to future damage. Even if only part of your roof is showing signs of wear, it’s wise to consider doing the entire job while the crew is on-site with its scaffolding, ladders, and equipment. This most likely will be less expensive than doing one part now and the rest in a few years.
A new roof is a big expense but should last you for decades. Do it right and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when storm winds blow. In the long term, you’ll also end up with more money in your pocket.
So What Should I Be Looking For?
Your roof should be inspected twice a year to check for normal wear and tear, and more frequently if your area has been experiencing significant weather events. While most roofs are designed to last 20 years, there are a variety of factors that can impact their longevity. Weather, vegetation, and animals can all impact the life of a roof. Trusting Ready Roofing with your roof replacement will ensure that. Deciding to replace your roof is a big investment. Ready Roofing can help you get ahead of the game of roof replacement.
Visible exterior damage or leaks inside need to be addressed immediately. Ignoring a roof problem will not get rid of the problem though! Please act fast because the longer you wait the more damage you’ll have and the cost to fix the issue will be greater!
Granule Loss – New roofs begin aging immediately. The shingles are still “curing.” They lose a noticeable amount of granules after a short exposure to sun and weather.
Curling, Blistering – Temperature changes cause shingles to curl—especially in cold weather. Heat can cause blistering.
Cracking, Staining, Failure – Algae causes dark brown or black streaks. As shingles become more brittle they can crack. Wind, hail and heavy rain can cause failure.
Bald Shingles – It is time to replace the shingles when black asphalt shows because most of the granules have been washed away.
Open Blisters – An open blister means that the shingle will continue to get worse. Replace quickly to prevent water getting under the shingle and doing more damage.
Ice Dams – Snow and ice become trapped on the roof. Improper ventilation in the attic causes the heat from the house to melt the snow and ice next to the shingles and water backs up under the ice dam
Reasons for Leaks
Billowing – Open seams and laps can cause blow-offs
Ponding Water – Common problem for all roof types
Shrinkage – Pulling of the flashings and/or deterioration
Punctures – On high-traffic areas can be a problem
Blistering – Can lead to bigger problems
Other Things to Look Out for
• Age Wear and Tear
• Significant Leaks
• Missing Shingles
• Damaged Shingles
• Unfastened Eaves
• Sagging Spots
• Weather Damage
• Damaged Vents
OK, I Decided to Replace My Roof, Now What?
Tear Off or Roof Over?
Once you’ve decided to reroof, you’ll have to decide whether to install your new roof over the existing one or whether to tear the old one off. Once again, the choice comes down to saving a little money now and risking larger expenses in the future, or spending more now to do the job right and minimize long-term expenses.
When we meet, we will discuss with you in more depth the advantages and disadvantages which way makes the most sense for you.
Shingles or Metal Roof?
You have MANY options when it comes to the type of roof you want. Making this decision will be determined by many factors; budget, local restrictions, aesthetics and you personal preferences. We want to inform you so that you are equipped to make the best decision for YOU! There’s a lot to consider. We can help!
We also offer financing options to help ease the blow of an expense such as a roof replacement.
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