As a homeowner, you probably know that your roof won’t last forever. Roofs require frequent maintenance and replacement from time to time. An aging roof can cause structural damage if left untreated. If you’re ready to replace that old roof, here are a few things you should know to help ease you into the process with as little confusion and stress as possible.
Know When It's Time
Keeping up with the timeline of your last roofing replacement will help inform when you should expect the next one. If your roof is somewhere around 20 to 25 years old, it's probably time for a new one. When you realize that the lifespan of a roof is only about a quarter century, you can more easily prepare your budget for a roofing replacement. You’ll want to contact a certified roofing contractor like RoofPro to help you make the best decision about replacement.
Shingles Aren’t The Most Durable
Unfortunately, if you have a shingled roof, you may not even make it to the 20 year mark. When it's time to replace your older roof, you may see a variety of shingle-related issues. If you have buckling or curling shingles, it’s time to replace them. Also, if you’ve noticed a number of missing shingles, this could be extremely detrimental to your roofing system. If the shingle has lost the top layer, this is also a sign of damage and age. In this case, replacement needs to happen sooner rather than later.
Understanding Why Roofing Shingles Blow Off
The Roof May Be Sagging
If you begin to notice that your roof is sagging, this is a serious issue. This frequently happens with older roofs and could be a sign of structural or foundation issues. A professional roofing contractor will need to inspect your roof as soon as possible. If you even have an inkling that something isn’t sitting right on your roof, call in the professionals.
Other Signs of An Aging Roof
An old roof may start leaking. Leaking is inevitable if the roof continues aging without a total replacement. If you can see water marks, water in your attic, or sunlight through your ceiling, these are all signs of a damaged roof that needs to be replaced. Exposure to the elements can cause irreparable damage to your home and property. Also, if you see moss growing on your aging roof, you need to clean it. It may look harmless, but it can trap moisture against your home and roof surfaces. If you are having excessive problems with moss, you may want to invest in algae-resistant roofing materials after your roof is replaced.
If you’ve noticed one of the above signs of an aging roof and you know it is time to do something about it, what’s the next step?
First, you will want to call in a professional for an inspection. You’ll want to get estimates from at least three professional roofing contractors to make sure you’re getting a fair price. You can check online for companies in your area, but the best recommendations often come from your friends and neighbors.
Replacing the roof yourself may seem like a budget-friendly option, but if you’re not sure about what you’re doing, you could end up causing more harm than good. It could also cost you much more in the future due to damage and untimely replacement.
At RoofPro, we proudly offer roofing services to customers throughout the Baltimore area and we have worked tirelessly to build a solid reputation of fairness and quality. We aren’t the only company you can use to replace your roof, but you will be hard pressed to find a group more qualified.
Check Your Warranty
If you did use a professional to install your last roof, you may be covered under warranty. Be sure to check all of the specifics on your warranty to see if the damage/repairs or replacement can be covered. Companies like GAF offer warranties up to 50 years in the form of golden, silver, and system plus limited warranties. Even at the 25 year mark, you could still be covered under your material warranty for the needed replacement and repairs.
RoofPro is GAF warranty certified. This means that our installation is verified as professional and will not harm the materials in any way. We partner with GAF to offer warranties for this 50-year coverage. We can guarantee our work – and suppliers stand behind it.
Get It Replaced
Once you’ve chosen your contractor and verified that you have a warranty on your existing roof, the work is set to begin. A typical 2,000 sq. ft. home can take anywhere from 1-3 days to replace the roof, notwithstanding any other foundation or structural issues. You should be prepared to work with your contractor regarding an appropriate timeline for repairs.
RoofPro’s teams are efficient and professional. We aim to get you a new roof as quickly as possible. We want to disrupt your day-to-day as little as possible. If you have specific questions about your roof, our customer service team is happy to help.
Let’s Get to Work
If you’re ready to get that old roof replaced, we want to hear from you. We offer free estimates to customers throughout the Howard County and Washington areas. Once we inspect the roof, we’ll immediately tell you the findings and our suggestions for getting your roof into its best condition. Please give us a call today at 410-428-6806 to set up your estimate, or you can request a quote online to have one of our team members reach out to you.
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