8 Key Danger Signals That Your Roof System May Not Be Protecting Your Home!
Let's open up a typical roof and look under what might be causing the problems that tend to come with age or wear and tear. GAF is an excellent supplier of roofing materials and, when paired with a CERTIFIED™ roofer, you'll find the best outcome after your roof replacement. In these cases, our experts have identified several ways that the roof is not functioning to the top of its ability. Read on to see the next steps after you've determined whether to Repair or Replace with your estimator.
1. Missing, cracked or curling shingles
The possible cause is that the shingles have reached the end of their useful life.
2. Excessive energy costs
If there is insufficient attic ventilation, it can cause the heating/cooling system to run excessively.
3. Dark, "dirty-looking" areas on your roof
Look out for loss of granules due to the age of the shingles.
4. Stains on interior ceilings and walls
Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage.
5. Mold or mildew inside the home
The ventilation system may be inadequate.
6. Leakage in the attic after driving rain
When the underlayment becomes leaky or inadequate, the shingles and flashing can deteriorate.
7. Blistering and/or peeling of outside paint
Excessive moisture or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation.
8. Roof shingle, sheathing, and siding decay
Poor attic ventilation can cause these household issues.
To Roof or Not to Roof
Once you've decided to replace your roof, you'll want to walk through the following steps to ensure you get the roof that suits your home.
1. Select your Shingle
When you're investing in aesthetics and longevity, you'll want to select the Ultra Premium Lifetime Designer Shingle from GAF. Not only does it include a Limited Lifetime Warranty, but it also makes a major impact on the design of your home. It increases the visual appeal and can add value when you resell. Other excellent options include the Lifetime Architectural or Value Series Designer Shingles. An affordable shingle is the 3-Tab, which will protect your roof but does not come with the limited lifetime warranty.
2. Select your Warranty
The things you'll want to consider when choosing your warranty depend on the length of time you'll be in your home and the current value of the home. Placing your trust in a contractor is much easier when they have a strong reputation with the manufacturer through certifications, and gaining your confidence through a workmanship warranty. Don't be surprised when you're comparing roofing companies that they may offer different warranties or charge additional fees. Always review the added values with your estimator completely.
3. Select your Accessories
While the shingles at the top may make many roofs look the same, there are layers and accessories that actually make every roof unique. In fact, there are 5 accessories to consider when selecting your roof.
- Roof Deck Protection
- Leak Barrier
- Attic Ventilation
- Pre-cut Starter Strip
- Ridge Cap
Within each of these categories, there are system options to strengthen your home. Getting to know each of the layers on your roof will help you predict how long it will last and any issues that you might anticipate due to wear and tear. Once you've made all these decisions, it should be easier to choose your contractor. GAF recommends finding a CERTIFIED™ contractor because their stringent standards only give a certain percent of roofing contractors that distinction. You'll be sure that you will get a professional installation and the warranty will be valid.
Hire a Pro
Your RoofPRO team holds the CERTIFIED™ roofing contractor training. We are licensed, insured, and certified in the state of Maryland. We offer free estimates for every homeowner. Call 410-428-6806 today to schedule your free estimate and learn why RoofPRO is a trusted name in Howard County and across Maryland.
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