Let’s admit it – the possibilities of a leaking roof, especially in the middle of winter, is often a scary proposition. There’s no arguing that a completely new roof will provide you with a greater sense of security than repairing a broken roof beyond its serviceable life. For that reason, many unscrupulous roofing specialists will use scare tactics to get homeowners to choose a new roof replacement versus a repair on a roof which has much life remaining. A fast writeup on several critical items will help you feel more confident should you be seeking replacement or seeking to repair.
First, you have to evaluate different criteria depending on whether your suspicion that you might want a new roof is based on either a roof leak or even a roof which is dirty (stains, moss, etc.) In the event the primary reason you believe it is time for a new roof is because of a roof leak, you should clarify a number of issues regarding that leak.
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Determine whether or not the roof leaks in a single or multiple locations, and be it in a location which has leaked and been repaired repeatedly. Just one location, leaking initially, usually is not alone likely to be an absolute indication of needing to switch the entire roof. Much more likely that not, a single part of the roofing system (flashing, vent, a mis-nailed shingle) has failed but the remaining portion of the roof still could possibly be in decent condition. Leaks in multiple locations bode more ominous results.
If multiple locations are having shingles loosen, nails rise, flashing fail, the possibility of the roof being worn out are much higher. In the event the same location has leaked and been repaired repeatedly, it may not have been adequately addressed and the same mistaken repair might be remaining performed. It’ll be critical to get an assessment for a roof leak repair expert as to whether there will be something un-repairable or if the past repairs addressed the incorrect issue. Do not let one bad spot to set you back an entire new roof!
Next, glance at the roof leak location. Can it be below, or in a little bit of a direct path below a skylight, vent, or pipe? Is it possibly at the valley or roof intersection where either on areas of roof meets another or the place that the roof meets a wall? Or rather is it out in middle of roof field? Leaks at intersections and valleys usually do not indicate independently that a roof is done. More probable, there are flashing issues. Leaks in the center of a roof field without nearby intrusions into the roof can be quite a bad sign.
Remember, there are not many leaks which are un-repairable. The issue becomes if the roof has adequate remaining life to warrant the repair’s cost.
If an unsightly roof (fungus or mildew stains or moss growth) is what is making you think you need a new roof, you should learn more about what is underneath the stains or moss. There isn’t always a correlation to a dirty roof and it is life being over. You will find most certainly roofs will not withstand even the gentlest possible roof cleaning without sustaining damage that puts it in poor condition. Particularly with moss, someone familiar with the area, there are some moss types and infestations that cannot be properly dislodged without stressing a roof. If a roof is on the borderline to start with, such a roof is best left alone and the funds save for going toward a new roof.
That exception being made, most roofs which might be simply dirty would benefit for the gentlest cleaning available to solve its particular issue. Cleaning the roof will frequently help maintain roof life, specifically where growths such as moss could cause “micro-dams” on the roof and result in damage. Always be sure that the roof has adequate life remaining so your maintenance dollars won’t be wasted.
For composition roofs (the most common type), granules, or lack there of, are the primary indicator of remaining roof life, much like the tread on a tire. If a roof consistently has lost a lot of its granules it is really time to replace it. Without an adequate amount of granule, which helps reflect the UV rays and protect the more sensitive lower layers of the material, the roof will be leaking. However, if the roof has enough granules that you consistently cannot see the underlying composition layers, the chances are good that, withstanding other conditions, it might have more life remaining.
Even with adequate granule, if the roof’s shingles start to cup or curl upward, it may also be time to consider replacing. Cupping and curling often are signs of interior ventilation problems that bring about excessive attic temperatures. This is a problem you would want corrected with the new roof installation given it takes life off a roof that otherwise might have had more life remaining.
Loose or dislodged shingles may signal an unfortunate, premature death of your roof. Quite often it is a sign that the roofing material was victim of an installation faulty, whether or not the material itself has more life remaining. Similar to leaks, the amount of trouble spots will tell you a great deal. If it is only one trouble spot, you will likely only need to opt for a repair. Multiple locations, however, indicate the bad installation stated previously and you may should get it replaced.
Virtually all calls we receive thinking a brand new roof is required because of homeowner diagnosed issues actually end up being repairs. However, if the homeowner has taken the roof’s age as part of equation (for instance, the roof is near or beyond the manufacturer’s age span,) then this results reverse and we see the most of those roofs requiring replacement. Frequently, homeowners understandably have no idea of age of their roof, as an example if they moved into a pre-existing home where the previous owners weren’t original owners. In that case, they are very dependent on an expert’s opinion, however it also needs to be an honest one!
Regardless of what is causing you to thing you may need a new roof, slow down. A day or two of analyzing these critical considerations may save you thousands of dollars.