Here are some of the questions that are often asked by homeowners when they think about getting a new roof.
When should I get my roof replaced?
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions, and there are several key indicators that will tell you when it’s time to replace your roof. Some of these can include:
- Bucking and curling shingles — Moisture in the attic causes nails to move out of place, which loosens the shingle. This will compromise its ability to keep the roof protected from outside elements, which can cause leeks and even water damage.
- Algae growth — The bacteria inside the algae will eat through the shingles, especially if they’re a low-cost variety that’s made of limestone.
- Missing granules — Asphalt shingles are made of small granules. And when they come loose, it can affect its performance. You can find them by looking for fragments inside your gutter system.
- Missing shingles — Roofing contractors know how to keep shingles in place, but they can still get blown away by winds or come loose as they age. Missing shingles will allow rainwater to get into your home, which is why you need to take care of it as soon as possible.
- Mold in the attic — Mold can form in the rafter beams and plywood located on the underside of your roof, which is one of the most concerning parts of a roof replacement. Removing mold can be expensive. Not to mention, the effect it can have on your health.
These are only some of the signs that it may be time to get your roof replaced. Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information.
Should I replace the shingles or the entire roofing system?
Your roof is made of a lot more than a layer of shingles, so replacing the entire system is the best choice if you want to maximize its performance.
Will getting a new roof lower my energy costs?
If your roof is old and not performing as well as it should, a roof replacement can help you lower this expense. You want your attic to be as close to the outside temperature as possible. But if it’s overheating in the summer, it could be a sign of improper ventilation. This can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to be. A new roof will reduce your energy costs, because it will prevent excess drafts and water leaks.
Is a new roof considered to be a good investment?
Quality roofing is one of the best ways that you can get a positive return on your home investment, but there are other benefits of a roof replacement. Because it makes up about 40% of your home’s curb appeal, getting a new roof can make it more visually appealing from the outside. But a new roof can also increase your home’s value by at least 70%. Not to mention, the potential energy savings due to better attic ventilation. Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information about the benefits of getting a new roof.
How much will a new roof cost?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a roof replacement, but there are several online calculators that can give you some idea of how much it will cost. You should, however, get an estimate from a qualified roofing contractor — someone who has been trained and certified in this area.
How long will my roof last?
You can expect an asphalt shingle roof to last about 20 years, but it could last longer. You may also need a roof replacement sooner, depending on a series of factors.
What’s the best way to prepare for a roof installation?
Because you’ll be involved in some type of construction project, you should remove any vehicles and furniture from your driveway and yard so it doesn’t get damaged from falling debris. The vibration from the tools can also cause your walls to shake, so you should think about taking down anything that’s hanging from your walls or sitting on shelves.
If you want more information about whether you need to get your roof replaced, get in touch with Phillips Roofing and Restoration today!