1) How do I know if my roof has problems?
There is a variety of damages that can compromise your roof. It is difficult to know where to look or what you are looking for. A roofing professional can inspect your roof thoroughly for damage that might be difficult for you to see.
A few signs of damage to be aware of are:
- Bucking or curling shingles. Bucked shingles are caused by moisture in the attic space. This moisture can cause nails to push out of place and loosen shingles. Bucking compromises the shingles’ performance and exposes the roof to the elements, which can result in leaks and even more moisture damage.
- Algae growth. Bacteria from algae eat through the shingles, especially if they are low-cost shingles that are made primarily of limestone.
- Missing granules. Asphalt roofing shingles are made up of small granules. When these granules come loose, it can impact the shingles’ performance. If you see this type of granules in your gutters, it might be time to call your roofing professional. Mold in the attic. Mold forms in areas such as the rafter beams and the plywood on the underside of the roof.
2) If there is damage to my roof, what are my options?
Typically, you have two options. You can either do a full roof system replacement or re-cover the existing roof.
A complete roof replacement involves a tear-off of your existing roof and an entire roofing process.
A re-cover is a less intense option. It is also more expedient and cost-friendly. Keep in mind, however, building code requirements do not always allow for multiple re-roofs. If you have done a re-cover more than once, you may need a complete roof system replacement.
3) I think my roof is leaking. Do I have to replace it entirely?
A leaking roof is never a good thing; however, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will need to replace your roof altogether. How much repair needs to be done will depend on the extent of the damage caused by leaking.
4) Can I fix my roof myself?
It depends on how comfortable and how successful you usually are with DIY projects. If you are not a successful DIYer, then replacing your roof is not the time to “jump in.”
Keep in mind the roof is one of the most critical aspects of your home’s health and internal condition. A sub-par repair can lead to severe damages and cost lots of money to have a professional fix later. It is an excellent idea to let a roofing professional do it right the first time.
5) How long will my roof last?
The average life expectancy of a roof system is 20 years.
6) What is the best type of roofing shingle for my roof and home?
Roofing options have a wide range of aesthetic appeal, durability, and cost. Shingles are the most cost-effective solution. On the other hand, a high-end slate roof could cost quite a bit. Discuss all of the options with your roofing professional to find the one that fits your tastes and budget.
7) What do you mean by Roofing System?
Your roofing system is made up of more than just the visible layer of shingles.
The different components include:
- Leak barrier protection – creates a seal to block water from vulnerable areas of the roof, such as the valleys and chimneys.
- Synthetic roof deck protection – provides a second layer of protection to defend against roof rot.
- Starter strip shingles – prevents shingles from blowing off the roof.
- Lifetime shingles – top-of-the-line shingles that are designed to last a lifetime and provide the best value.
- Ventilation – proper ventilation is vital to the health of your roofing system. Without it, your energy bills can “go through the roof,” and shingles can sustain damage during hot weather.
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