If you’ve been thinking that it’s getting to be about time to replace your roof, then it might be time to take action or at least look into your options.
When you are dealing with roofing issues or potential problems with your roof, it’s almost always better to act sooner rather than later.
After all, replacing your roof before it becomes absolutely necessary due to some kind of disaster or circumstance outside of your control can save you money in the long run, since a damaged or leaky roof can result in many other complications and property damage.
Plus, having a newer roof can add value and curb appeal to your home if you are planning on selling it in the near (or not so near) future.
Signs You Need a New Roof
There are many reasons that you might need a new roof, such as the age of the roof or any leaks or other deterioration that you’ve noticed.
And of course, if you have recently experienced a serious catastrophe like a house fire or a major weather event such as a hail storm or any other storm with high winds, then you will want to get your roof inspected or emergency roof repair, and possibly replaced.
Furthermore, if you see cracked, curled, buckled, or otherwise misshapen shingles along with other signs of visible wear and tear, then you should definitely get your roof inspected or repaired and consult with a local roofing company to see if it needs to be replaced.
The same goes if you notice moss, algae, or mold growing on the shingles or roofing materials, any kind of sagging or drooping, or problems with the gutters or other features.
If you have an asphalt roof that’s missing a significant number of granules, then it may be time for a roof replacement as well.
Choosing a Material and Style for a Replacement Roof
Naturally, the simplest direction to go when you are getting a roof replacement to get a new version of the type of roof that you had before, especially if you already enjoyed its aesthetic appearance and performance.
However, choosing a different color or a higher end material (or both) can be a good idea since it not only adds value to your home, you may prefer how it looks and performs.
For instance, dark roofing tends to keep the heat in and lighter shades help keep the interior cooler, so you should consider your climate as well.
Additional Features to Consider for New Roof?
Always wanted to add a skylight over the master bedroom?
If you’re replacing your roof, it might be the right time to do it.
Making significant changes to the style or type of roof may incur costs that go beyond those of just replacing the existing roof, but if you are investing in your home a roof replacement might be a good time to consider making other upgrades that you’ve wanted while the construction work is being performed any way.
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What is Included in a Roof Replacement?
Replacing an entire roof can be a complex process!
A roof replacement starts with a thorough inspection of the roof including detailed measurements and an estimate plus recommendations for the amount and type of materials.
Then the old roof is torn off and disposed of (your roofing company will have trucks or even rent dumpsters to haul away the debris).
Next, the crew will make any necessary repairs to the underlying structure of your home.
A complete roof replacement involves replacing the underlayment, or the water resistant or waterproof material that is commonly used in older homes or in colder and wetter climates.
This helps keep melting ice or other moisture from seeping into the sheathing, which can cause serious damage to the building.
This may also be when roofing paper is installed or a metal drip edge is put in, and metal flashing is placed where the edges meet.
Then it is time for the actual shingles or other roofing material is added, and more flashing is added anywhere where water may get in, such as around chimneys or skylights.
Finally, the roofing team will clean everything up, leaving your house and yard pristine with your brand-new roof.
Last but definitely not least, you’ll likely have to have a roofing inspector come check things out and make sure it is up to code and there are no outstanding issues.
Depending the area that you live in and your homeowners’ insurance policies, the inspector’s approval may be required by legal statute.
Can an Extra Layer of Shingles Be Added to a Roof?
In most jurisdictions, roofing systems are allowed to have two layers of shingles on a roof, so if the underlying structure is not significantly compromised and most of the concerns are about the aesthetic appearance of the roof, then an extra layer of shingles can be installed over the top of the first.
One thing to keep in mind if you are considering this option is that if the bottom layer of shingles is higher profile or particularly textured, adding a second layer may appear lumpy.
That said, if there are major problems with the integrity of the roof like sagging, soft spots, severely damaged flashing or shingles that are allowing in moisture and leaks, or the extra layer of shingles would make the roof too heavy when snow and ice accumulate (if that applies to your climate), then it is typically recommended that the roof be torn off so you can start anew.
Roof Replacement Vs Roof Repair
Small problems like a few missing shingles or leaks can often be repaired without the need for a complete roof replacement.
That said, if your roof is more than two decades old and you’ve had a fair amount of repair work done previously or recently had a major storm or other catastrophic event like a house fire (even a minor one), then you should consult with a roofing inspector and get some ideas and estimates for the costs of a replacement roof from local roofing companies or contractors.
Can I Replace My Own Roof?
While you might be a DIY expert and a handy weekend warrior, it’s a better choice to leave something as important as the roof over your and your family’s heads to the experts.
Besides, climbing about on your roof and doing construction work can be difficult at best and downright dangerous at worst.
Moreover, your homeowners’ insurance policy may not cover the costs of a roof replacement that is not performed by a licensed professional roofer, and your DIY roof replacement may not pass a roof inspection.
Professional roofing contractors also can source the best possible materials and will likely have relationships with other vendors and manufacturers that the average individual doesn’t, saving you time and money.
They will be able to accurately assess the issues with your roof and may notice details you may not, and roofing pros should have their insurance if anything goes awry during the roof replacement process.
How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
Estimating the cost of a new roof can be a complex task.
The price of a new roof depends on many different factors, including the size and style of your roof, the choice of materials, your location, and any other complexities such as making any sort of design changes.
Costs will also be based on the complexity of the task at hand, including any issues with accessibility, the slope or steepness of the roof, venting needs and the styles of venting that you already have, and the difficulty of removing the old roof and the subsequent clean-up.
The typical costs for a new roof replacement tend to range from $5,000 to $10,000, but the aforementioned variables can definitely change things.
For instance, the cost for materials and labor for a wood shingle roof are around $1,200 to $1,800 per 200 square foot (or two squares – a square is the industry term for 100 square feet of roof.
Asphalt roofing systems tend to be slightly more affordable, with the average price for a 1,200 square foot in the larger U.S. markets being around $4,000-$6,000.
Will Insurance Cover My New Roof?
If your roof was damaged by a “covered peril” such as a house fire, wind storm, hail storm, or similar event, then it is possible that your new roof could be covered by your insurance provider.
Be aware that if your roof was destroyed by flooding, that would only be covered if you carry a separate flood insurance policy.
Furthermore, if the damage was due to neglect or similar issue, it is not likely that your insurance will cover it.
You can extend the lifespan and health of your roof by keeping the gutters clean and clear of debris, trimming back any overhanging tree branches that could fall on your roof, regularly checking out your roof for missing shingles or other potential problems, and watching out for squirrels, raccoons, or other pests invading your home.
If a storm or major weather is predicted, take in any patio furniture or anything in your yard that could be blown onto your roof.
Of course, if you have any questions about getting insurance coverage for your roof replacement, speak with your carrier’s adjusters and perhaps a public adjuster, and your roofing contractors.
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