Is it Time to Replace Your Roof

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You know that there is damage to your roof, but the question is whether or not you need to replace your roof? You could go for a simple repair, but what if you find yourself constantly repairing your roof? By the time you have called the  roofing company the fifth or sixth time, or even fewer times, you’ve already paid the same amount of money that you would pay for a brand new roof that would stand up better to the very elements that are damaging it.So what are some signs to look for so that you know whether replacing your roof is the right decision?

 

Ask yourself, “How old is my roof?” The average lifespan of a roof is around 15 years, depending on how well it is maintained. If you want to extend its life, then having regular roof inspections by a  roofing inspector can help you locate the small issues that are easy to fix so that you can extend the life of your roof. If a roof is not properly maintained, then torn flashings and minor leaks can turn into something more serious that causes extensive damage to your home.

 

Look for shingles that are missing or torn. If the number of missing or torn shingles far exceeds the number of good shingles, then it is time for roof replacement.

 

Look at the condition of the interior walls that touch the roof. If there are moisture marks or missing paint, then the roof is faulty and needs replaced.

 

is known for extreme weather conditions and those weather conditions can expose part of the house from the top in the form of roof damage. This exposure to direct sunlight, wind, hail, rain, and snow can cause significant damage to the home.

 

Faulty design can also result in roof replacement. When a design is not done properly, it is just a matter of time, usually short, when a roof will not be able to do its job. Sometimes the defect is obvious from the beginning. Faulty design also includes not using the right materials or using low quality materials to construct the roof.

 

 

The decision to replace your roof can be a difficult one because there are so many factors that you must consider. Those factors include: Budget, weather conditions, the type of roofing that you need, the amount of time in which you need the issue rectified, etc. You certainly have a lot that you need to consider when making the decision to replace your roof. But most importantly, you need to take a look at the extent of the damage. Talk to your  roofing contractor about your options. If your roof needs replaced due to the weather, then you may wish to consult with your insurance company to see what your insurance will cover so that you can determine your true budget.

 

 

Metal Roofing Myths Debunked

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Metal roofing has become quite the trend. Individuals have the choice of different colors and even different styles. For instance, you can have a blue roof if you want a blue roof. You can also have a metal roof that mimics the look of shingles if you want. There are more and more options being made available to homeowners as metal roof innovations are being made.
However, there are some myths about metal roofing in  that need to be addressed so that individuals such as yourself can make the right decisions regarding metal roofing.

Those myths include:

Metal roofs are too hot and don’t have insulating properties – It has been shown that metal roofs are saving homeowners money on their heating and cooling costs when they are installed properly. Metal roofs actually reflect a lot of the solar energy that tends to heat up the attics of homes. This results in the home remaining a more consistent temperature, which means you do not have to deal with the extreme temperature fluctuations you would have to deal with otherwise.

Lightning loves metal roofs

The truth here is that lighting hates metal roofs. The Metal Roof Alliance states that the instance of lightning hitting your home with a metal roof is not increased. If lightning does hit your home, the metal roof disperses the energy from the lightning evenly and safely. The instance of fire is also greatly reduced with a metal roof because metal is not flammable.

Metal roofs don’t last long

Quality metal roofs come with a 20 year guarantee from the manufacturer. Metal roofs do require special skills from  roofing contractors. Not everyone can install a metal roof, which says a lot about the quality of the roof. The more complex, the better it is. When installed properly, the expected lifespan of a metal roof is 50 years. This is much longer than most other roof types, which includes asphalt shingles that have a maximum life of 30 years.

Metal roofs aren’t very beneficial

Right now, you can receive a tax credit on your income tax return when you put metal roofing on your home. As you’ve read so far, metal roofing is not flammable, they are not too hot, and they do keep cool air in and hot air out. When you use an Energy Star rated metal roofing, your energy costs can be cut by 10% to 15%.

Metal roofs aren’t worth the cost

Metal roofs may cost more than asphalt shingles, but the overall savings exceeds that of asphalt shingles and the roof more or less pays for itself over time in the form of energy savings. Asphalt shingles do need to be replaced 2 to 4 times more often than metal roofing. Considering roof replacement costs thousands, the overall savings is astronomical.

 

Having Your Asphalt Roof Inspected

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It is recommended by roofing associations and  roofers themselves that you have your asphalt roofing inspected bi-annually or annually. This is because the seasons certainly take a toll on your roof. And the time of year that is best to have a  roof inspection is the late spring and the early fall and there are reasons behind this. So what can be found during a roof inspection?
Well, a  roofing inspector will take a look at your roof and look for telltale signs of damage. These signs can include granules missing from your shingles, weak spots, blisters, cracks, and missing shingles. An inspector can evaluate your eaves and valleys to ensure that they are not leaking or will not be leaking in the near future.
n5A  inspector can also take a look at skylights, fans, and other hardware to make sure everything is in check and nothing is leaking. These areas can be trouble spots, so they need to be checked every time your roof is inspected. So when should inspections take place?
There are several times in which you need to make the call to a  roofer to inspect your roof. You want to make the call any time that there is a storm that produced hail, high winds, and flying debris. You never know when the hail or flying debris caused cracks, blisters, or holes in your shingles. You also never know when the wind may have blown shingles off of your roof or loosened them. You must address the problems immediately so that they do not become worse and cause leaks that can cause further damage to your home that could be expensive.
Roofing association and  roofing contractors will tell you that a late spring inspection is a good idea. This is because the snow storms and the harsh cold of the winter takes its toll on your roofing. Many times the weather does not start to warm up and stay consistently warm until the late spring. A late spring inspection ensures that the cold weather is over and that it is safe to go ahead and make any repairs heading into the summer.
By making sure repairs are made before the weather gets too hot, any damage will not become worse because it simply won’t be there anymore. The summer will then provide its own punishment on the roof. That is why it is good to have an inspection on the roof in the fall. You can then have a inspector evaluate what the summer months did to your roof so that you can prepare for winter.
By having these regular inspections, you can extend the life of your roof. You will not have to make extremely premature replacements, which can save you a lot of money in the long-term. You certainly do not want to replace a thirty year roof in fifteen. If that happened, you would be replacing every fifteen years and spending more money than you ever intended.