If you live in your home long enough, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll need to replace your roof at some point or other. Your roof is arguably one of the most important components of your home, and it has an expected service life. Copper, tile, and slate roofs sometimes last more than 50 years, wood shake roofs average around 30 years, and shingled roofs tend to make it from 20 to 25 years. So, whether due to old age or from unpredictable storm damage, roofs don’t last forever. Let’s look at a few things you need to know before you go for that new roof.
Replacement – When is it Needed?
Reaching out to a roofing pro is a good way to find out if your roof is nearing the end of its useful life. However, you can also check for a few signs that may indicate you’re barking up the right tree. Look for damaged shingles, shingles that do not lie flat against the roof, and any that are bald, peeling, or crack. Leaks are a sign that your roof is beginning to deteriorate.
Whether to go for a roof replacement now or wait for awhile depends on your particular situation. A new roof is not inexpensive. It’s the exact opposite in most cases. However, the age of your roof, your budget, and other factors come into play when it comes to deciding if waiting a few more years is feasible. Talk to your roofer to find out what options make sense for you.
Re-Roofing and Roofing Over
Some homeowners look to save money by just installing new shingles over old. Sounds like a speedy solution to getting a “new roof” in place. However, this is a foolhardy move. When new shingles are applied and old ones left behind, your roofer has no chance to look for issues and problems in the roof’s deck and flashing, some of which can lead to eventual roof failure. In nearly all instances, homeowners are better served by tossing away the old shingles and having the entire roof checked for resilience (and making any necessary repairs, of course).
Pinch Pennies or Not?
When you’re installing your new roof, now is not the time to pinch pennies. Sure, you want a great deal, but going for premium or top-quality materials with warranty coverage may mean that you never have to worry about your roof again. On today’s market, there are 50-year shingles that may add a few hundred bucks to your bill but that are guaranteed to last and last. Another upgrade: copper flashing. It’s the most durable option when it comes to sealing joints, a common point of failure.
Choosing the Right Professional
Ultimately, who you choose for your replacement roof will have a big part to play in the quality of the workmanship of the roof. An inexperienced roofer is just that: inexperienced. Always select a licensed and bonded roofer with a good reputation.