July 7, 2021

Residential Roof Replacements

Residential Roof Replacements

One of the worst parts about being a homeowner is knowing that eventually, much of your home will need to be replaced or repaired. A project that most homeowners fear is dealing with replacing their roof.

Due to this fear, it is common for homeowners to procrastinate when it comes to taking action. Whether they notice that there might be a problem or not, minor issues such as damaged shingles can end up being more expensive the longer the issue goes unnoticed. Often, rather than simply paying for a repair or having to replace just the shingle, they have to deal with problems like rotting wooden beams, moldy insulation, and water damage that can impact your whole home. Taking the fear out of this project can help you tackle it at the right time to help protect your home.

Signs Your Residential Roof Needs Replaced

Often, your roof will give you signs that it’s no longer providing the best shelter for your home. Leaks and water stains can be a good sign inside your house that your roof needs replaced. However, you may not see these indicators in your home, depending on how your home is set up. It’s possible you can have leaks without noticing them. For example, your insulation could be soaking it up, or the leak is only visible in your attic, where you don’t go often.

Some exterior signs that can also indicate that it’s time for a new roof include missing shingles, shingles that are loose, broken, or cracked, dented from hail damage, along with any moss or fungus growing on your roof. Anytime you can see a problem with your shingles, know that they are not adequately protecting your home. If you don’t notice a problem with the shingles but see moss or fungus, it’s a sign that there’s enough water damage to sustain them.

Re-Roofing Versus Replacement

There are two options when your roof leaks. Re-roofing is when another layer of roofing material is laid over the old roof. Replacement is when the old roof is taken off entirely, and a new roof with all new materials is put down.

Re-Roof Pros
  • It can be less expensive short-term
  • Often, you only have to cover the problem sections, which can be quicker, as well
Re-Roof Cons
  • As the old roof is not being taken off, it’s possible to miss areas of concern, such as rotten beams
  • Re-roofing is not available for all roof types, such as metal
  • It can be too heavy for some homes to add another layer of roof down
  • It won’t last as long as having your entire roof replaced, so you’ll be needing to do this again sooner
  • In some areas, you can only have two layers of shingles before it has to be replaced entirely anyway

While replacement can be more expensive in the short term, it lasts longer and ensures that your roof is safe and secure.

Roof Options

Roofing has many options for what you want your roof to look like and your budget. Some of the materials that can be used on your roof include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Cedar shakes
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Metal
  • Slate
  • Composition slate

Do you think that it may be time to have a professional roofing company come to check out your old roof? Getting an expert opinion can help you better understand what options are available to you and the costs involved. Don’t put off taking care of your roof too long, or you could cost yourself more money than expected.