Roof Replacement Is Not Optional But A Necessity
Your roof is an umbrella for the entire house. It protects the entire structure and all its contents against severe weather and precipitation. This is the reason why you need to prioritize roof replacement whenever it is damaged or old. Unlike the other home improvement projects, roof replacement is not optional but a requirement. If you keep on using an old roof, you are likely to damage the structural integrity of the home.
What are the indications for a new roof?
At times, it might be obvious that you need a new roof after experiencing storm damage, gaping holes and other catastrophic environmental effects. However, a judgment call might be involved in most cases. Some common indications that your roof needs to be replaced include:
• Missing and curling shingles.
• A leaking attic.
• Wet spots and ceiling stains in the attic.
• Blocked gutters and missing flashing.
If these roof problems are identified at an early stage, they can probably be fixed before the roof is damaged. However, if they are not detected early enough you might be forced to repair or replace the roof.
Repair vs. replacement
There are some types of roof problems that provide you with a choice to either to carry out a repair or replacement. Such problems include damaged flashing and missing shingles. There are two crucial factors that will guide you in understanding what is best for you. First, the age of the roof and second the extent of the problem. For instance, roofs with a substantial leak are better off replaced rather than repaired. Additionally, if your roof is past its expected life lifespan, then there is no need to carry out a repair which can eventually be costly. A complete roof replacement is cost effective since it cuts on the costs that would have been incurred in carrying out regular repair.
Types of shingles to choose
There are several roof replacement materials to choose from. Such include:
• Architectural asphalt shingles
• Traditional asphalt shingles
• Slate tiles
• Wood shingles
• Spanish (ceramic) tiles
• Manufactured (composition) slate tiles.
Each of the options has specific benefits and drawbacks in the perspective of appearance, cost, weight, fire-retardant properties and life span. It is best to discuss these roofing materials with your roofing contractor before making the final decision. They will recommend to you some of the specific materials suited for your home with regard to your financial capabilities and climate of the region.