Identifying roof replacement needs
Spring has wound down already here in Texas, and the hot summer got an early start. Did your roof survive the spring storms or is a roof replacement in your future? Maybe you’re not sure and you’re asking, “How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?”, and that’s what we’re going to cover in this piece today.
More homeowners than you may think wait until they can star gaze through a hole in their roof before they decide it is time for a roof replacement. The problem with waiting until it has gotten that bad, a lot of other damage could be happening. So, before you can find the big dipper gazing at the stars through your roof, here are the indications that your home needs a roof replacement and repair:
An asphalt shingle roof will last up to 20 years, maybe 25 years if the weather is kind. Another factor that can make a roof age faster is if it was installed over the old roof. Yes, it can save money having a new roof replacement installed over an existing roof, but that also keeps the new roof from getting proper ventilation. Poor ventilation makes a roof age faster.
2. Buckling and Curling
No, this isn’t a new hair style. When the shingles on your roof are buckling and curling, you need a new roof replacement. The slopes on a roof are getting direct UV rays all day, every day. The sun is brutal on a roof and will age the shingles fast, look what it does to your skin! Buckled and curled shingles is an indication you need a roof replacement, the sooner the better.
3. The Valleys
Most roofs have valleys, where two different roof angles meet. If there are missing shingles in the valleys of your roof, you need a roof replacement. The valleys are essential for snow and water to flow to the gutters, in the downspouts, and out away from your home.
4. Shingles Missing
Missing shingles anywhere on your roof is an indication that a roof replacement is needed. are another sign your roof could be failing.
5. Chimney flashing
The flashing around your chimney isn’t just décor, it serves an important job in keeping the rain from leaking in around the chimney and into your home. If it is bent, loose, or missing, roof repair could be all you need. However, it could be an indicator that you need roof replacement. Have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof and give you their experienced advice.
6. Asphalt Granules in the Gutters
Check your gutters to see if they need cleaning and if you notice a lot of asphalt shingles too, then your roof is losing its usefulness and a roof replacement is needed.
7. Seeing Daylight
Take a trip up in the attic and if you can see daylight through the decking, you need a new roof replacement.
What is replaced when you get a new roof?
If the time has arrived that your home needs a roof replacement, this doesn’t mean you do not need to know how to replace a roof yourself. However, knowing what is involved in a roof replacement will make you an informed consumer and homeowner. The following are things you should expect to happen:
- The tear off: You may be tempted with your roof replacement to tell the roofing contractor not to tear off the old shingles in order to save some money. Think twice about this and then review number 1 listed above. Leaving the existing shingles will cause your new roof to age faster and you’ll be doing this again before you’re ready. A proper roof replacement should include the existing shingles being removed down to the decking.
- The decking: The roofing contractor should inspect the roof decking for any needed repairs or replacement. Make sure this is in your written quote. If they install your roof replacement over bad roof decking, it isn’t going to last long.
- The underlayment: A total roof replacement also includes the underlayment, the roofing felt, being replaced. This is the water barrier that helps make the decking water-resistant.
- New flashing: The chimney, skylights, valleys, and other protrusions in the roof are susceptible to leaks and water damage from water runoff. A new roof replacement should include new flashing in these areas.
- Drip edging, Ice dam: A roof replacement should include new metal drip edging all around the roof edge, and an ice dam, the layer of waterproof material that prevents melted ice from backing up under the shingles.
Can you patch a roof instead of replacing it?
You got a few quotes on a roof replacement, but you’re still asking yourself, “Should I repair and replace my roof?”. That is a common question for anyone looking at spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars and completely understandable.
So, when it comes to determining if you need roof replacement vs repair doing the job needed, yes, in many cases, you can have the roof patched and repairs made. As you have roofing contractors inspect your roof and provide you estimates, have them provide estimates for both patch & repair jobs and a roof replacement. An honest roofing contractor will tell you if patch & repair is sufficient or if roof replacement is the only way they would recommend. There are cases where the existing roof is in bad enough shape that roof replacement is the best way, maybe the only way to approach this.
Do gutters have to be removed when replacing a roof?
This is something the roofing contractor will need to determine when they inspect the job and provide you an estimate. It is possible for your roof replacement to be done and leave the gutters installed, depending on how the gutters were installed. If your gutters are as old as the roof or your roof replacement is because of storm damage, you should have the gutters replaced at the same time the roof replacement is scheduled. Call 817-349-0016 today for your roof replacement in Fort Worth, TX.