- How do I know if I need a new roof... ?
- Why do I need a roof, if it's not
- My roof is only 15 years old, don't
roofs last 20-25 years? ... ?
- Can I put the roofing job off for a few
- What color roof should I get... ?
- What color will last longer than
- How long does the job take... ?
- What is the best way to check
- What will my insurance cover... ?
- Why should I hire a professional
roofer and not a handyman... ?
- What does your price include... ?
The first step in the
re-roofing process is to determine whether or not you need a new
roof in the first place. The following will help you identify the
potential for roof failure. Consider however; that it is not the
best of policies to wait until the last minute before making the
move. To be sure; call in a qualified roofer. He will check out the
shingles; the flashings and the attic ventilation; and then
recommend remedial action that should be taken should this be
WATCH OUT FOR THESE WARNING SIGNS
Inside Your Home
Very often; the first sign of roof failure is not on the roof
itself but inside your home. Ceiling stains; flaking paint and
plaster, peeling wallpaper, and discoloration near the wall/ceiling joint; though they may appear negligible; serve as
advance warning of future roofing problems.
Stains may be caused by condensation in the attic or water
seeping through the shingle covering; very often at joints and flashings in the roof or as a
result of ice build-up in the eaves.
In the Attic
The attic space must be adequately
ventilated and insulated; otherwise; condensation of Interior
moisture will occur. This will lead to ceiling stains or water
leakage. After a heavy rain; check the attic for wet; darkened or
stained decking and rafters. Moisture condensation may also
accentuate any curling and clawing of the shingles on your roof
moreover; wet insulation loses its effectiveness; with a consequent
increase in heating costs.
On the Roof
If your roof is more than ten years old; it is time to begin
routine visual inspections. Inspections should be done twice a year
in the spring and in the fall. Much can be seen from the ground. If
you do go up on the roof be sure it's dry. Wear rubber-soled shoes
for best traction and to avoid damaging the shingles. If you are
uncomfortable with the idea of climbing the roof but suspect
problems exist, call in a professional.
Look for any of the following signs of weathering, all of which
serve as indicators that your roof needs help.
The protective granular surface of shingles wears off as
the asphalt, Into which the granules are embedded, begins to
harden over time. Bare spots are often accompanied by fine
fissures on the shingles' surface and by the accumulation of
granules in the gutters.
Damage can be caused by extreme
wind conditions and snow removal. Since shingles are supposed to shed water; broken; torn or
missing tabs become obvious entry points for water
especially on low slope roofs where run off is slower and at
the peaks of the roof where shingles are the most vulnerable
to high winds.
Buckling is a visible distortion or waviness in the
horizontal lines of shingles; and usually runs in a straight
line up the roof slope Shingle tabs become exposed to wind
and can be torn off.
Very often; the problem is warping in the roof deck
caused by poor attic ventilation. The use of thinner than
recommended plywood and other non-plywood materials adds to
The upward curling of shingle tabs makes them highly
susceptible to wind and ice damage. This is a problem on
older roofs where moisture build-up in the attic affects the
underside of the shingle.
This is the curling under of the shingle tab's
bottom edge and is part of the normal aging process
of shingles. The bulge created is susceptible to
substantial damage by wind action; hail and ice.
Many problems occur at the flashings around vents; soil
stacks; chimneys and vertical wall joints. Is the flashing
cracked? Is the caulking around the flashing dried out? Are
the shingles that lie over the flashing in good shape? It is
easy to repair most of these problems; but folly to
believe repairs can be put off indefinitely.
Here are the 6
biggest reasons for thinking about
having a new roof
1. You've got a leak
Leaks can do more damage than just to the
ceiling of your home. Often a leak has done damage to the framework
of your home before it actually enters the home.
2. Rainy season is here! (see #1)
When we enter the rainy season, RAIN is almost
a daily event. This makes the repair tough to schedule as well as
having the potential for major damage in a hurry.
3. Save money.
More often than not it is much cheaper to have
the roof done than to wait until you have a problem. Once damage has
occurred to the interior ceiling of your home it is almost
impossible to repair it back to the original appearance. (especially
if you have a popcorn sprayed ceiling. Many times The only way to
restore it is to do the entire room.)
4. Storm and wind damage. (see #2)
Need we say anything else. If you have lived
in Florida even a short time you realize the POWER of our Weather.
5. Resale value.
A new roof will add more than just the value
of the roof itself. A new roof can add a whole new look to the
entire property. It will dramatically change the appearance of the
home and add greatly to the homes appeal.
6. Peace of Mind.
Our estimates are free. We will give you an
honest, professional, opinion of the condition of your roof. If you
chose to have your roof replaced you will have the peace of mind
that comes with knowing you have a professionally installed NEW
Your roof has
a limited life span, and to exceed that will only lead to bigger and
more expensive repairs or replacement. For example, shingles that
are exposed to the elements beyond their normal life span may have
the edges curled. Once this occurs, the existing shingles may have
to be removed which is a more costly roof job. Another way to tell
if you need a roof is whether or not your neighbors are getting
their roofs replaced. Your homes were built about the same time and
should need replacement at around the same time - this is not always
true but is a good indicator
Yes, the newer roofing materials
(fiberglass roof shingles) will last 20-25 years, but 15 years ago
it was common for the roofer to install an asphalt shingle with a
warranty life of only 15 years. Today, with the technology of newer
materials no one even makes a 15 year shingle. Most companies start
with a 20 year shingles and go up in warranty life from there.
Possibly. Get that answer from a
reputable roofing contractor who should be able to tell you that you
may have 2 to 4 years left. Now, with the advance notice, start
saving for the roofing job. Don't lump together the expense of a
roofing job with college tuition for three kids or any other large
expense that is foreseen in the next few years.
This is a
very good question but it is also a personal one. A professional
roofing contractor will provide you with color samples from the
manufacturer- use the samples as a guide but ask the contractor if
he can send you to a house where that color roof is installed. Small
samples sometimes are hard to visualize.
You can also use the
Virtual Home Remodeler
to get some ideas for your home.
Lighter colors usually last longer.
But they may not look good on your home. I usually go for the
appearance and not how long the roof lasts....easy for a roofer to
Once we have started work on your home, that work is not interrupted
until it is completed - weather permitting. When your job is
scheduled it is the only job for that crew until completion.
Any one can give you the name of the
only satisfied customer they ever had. Ask the contractor for the
name and location of a job they did last week and see how satisfied
that customer was. Then ask for some work that they had done a few
years ago. Make sure the contractor is licensed, in your town or
county (his license is a huge lever should you need it). A consumers
protection site is a good place to check for the following: How long has
the company been in business under the same name? How many
complaints do they have against them and what type of complaints?
Are they always the same complaints? Did the contractor fail to show
up after the job was completed for repair work? Most importantly,
how long did it take for the contractor to satisfy the complaint?
Most insurance companies will pay for
interior damage to the home caused buy a roof leak. They may or may
not cover the roof repair- it depends on what caused the leak-
commonly, it would be covered if a branch or something else put a
hole in your roof or wind damage.
agencies advise that a home owner should always consult their
insurance provider to find out what is actually covered under their
specific policy. Only the home owner loses if they assume the damage
is not covered.
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understanding of the ever changing technology of roofing systems is
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