Is It Time To Replace Your Old Leaky Roof?
One of the most frequent questions that most homeowners have is, “how do I know when it’s time to replace my roof”, or “do I need to replace my roof?”
While this is a loaded question, there are many variables. For instance, what type of roofing material did you have installed on your roof, how was the craftsmanship, are you currently experiencing any leaks, are you noticing any cracking, curling, broken, missing or shrinking shingles? Do storms tend to blow off your shingles each time a wind storm passes through?
When The Signs Begin
If your roof is constantly leaking, or a storm has blown multiple shingles off – it may be a sign of a larger problem. Once a roof starts leaking, or shingles are broken off or lifted, it can cause a ‘break’ in the entire roofing system. You could have damage to your sheathing or underlayment. Replacing shingles is one thing – but sheathing can be expensive to replace, and can increase the overall cost of your roof replacement if you don’t treat it before it gets happened. Leaks and existing damage will determine whether your roof can be re-covered or needs to be torn off and replaced.
When it comes to your roof – you truly “get what you pay for”. There are many different roofing options out there. From asphalt shingles, to metal, to tile, to slate, to cedar shake. And even within each material family, there are many options, from asphalt 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles. The quality of each material varies with price. For instance, a metal roof is typically going to be more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. However, you will get a longer lifespan out of a metal roof, so while a metal roof may be a larger upfront investment, it can pay-off as a more economical long-term investment. Similarly, a tile roof is one of the sturdiest (and most visually appealing), and a slate roof has one of the longest lifespan of all roofs. Some buildings still have their original slate roofs after centuries – however, slate roofs are more expensive than other materials.
So It’s Time For a New Roof?
If it’s time to replace your roof, and you’re on a fixed budget, roll roofing and strip shingles (3-tab) are some of the more inexpensive options. The trade-off is in their lifespan and longevity. 3-tab is very popular because of its price point, however, a better choice for long-term is laminated/architectural shingles or metal roofing for your residential home.
When there’s a windstorm with 60+ mph wind gusts, it’s more likely that you’ll see a 3-tab shingle roof with blown off shingles than you will with an architectural shingle roof. Architectural shingles tend to have less blow off, more durable, and are designed with a random style of pattern. Depending on the price point, you will see different types of warranties – anywhere from a handful of years up to lifetime guaranty.
One of the strongest roofing materials to hold up to the elements is metal roofing. It’s made of corrugated steel and rolled rib. It takes extreme winds to damage a metal roof because of how it is fastened to your pitched roof. Recently, metal roofing has become much more popular with the growing array of colors to choose from, and that it is a longer-lasting investment as compared to removing and replacing a shingle roof every 10 or 20 years.
Do Your Homework
When it is time to replace your roof, you want to spend the proper time to do your research and homework to explore all of these options before selecting any particular roofing material or roofing contractor. You should not feel pressured or rushed as it is a big investment. Just remember, the cheapest price is not always the best value. If a contractor can undercut all of the competitors significantly – there may be a reasoning, such as cutting corners on labor, material quality, warranties, or even with insurance/licensing.
Lastly, remember that early detection of any leaks or storm damage is key to extending the lifespan of your roof. Just like the importance of home maintenance in other areas of your home, such as cleaning, windows, hvac, plumbing, the same holds true with roofing, if not more important. A yearly inspection is not a bad idea after a hail or wind storm. Any reputable contractor will be happy to provide a free assessment or inspection.
Care For Your New Roof
The more you care for and maintain your existing roof, the longer you can stretch its life, and minimize future costs for when it is time to replace the roof on your home! And when that time comes, remember to do your research to find the best and most trusted Delaware roofing contractor!