Updated: Jan 15, 2020
When it comes to major home repairs, few things are more important to get right than roof replacements. As you may already know, no matter what quality of material it is made of or how well it’s been installed, every roof will eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
From water leaks and unhealthy mold formation, to compromised structural integrity – the significance of roof replacements is not to be ignored or delayed. And considering the costs and massive undertaking involved, it’s important that as a home or business owner you are informed of the most important things to be aware of.
With this in mind, let’s explore the top 5 factors beginning with how to tell when a roof needs replacing.
1. Knowing When to Get a Roof Replacement
The following are some indicators that your home or business is due a roof replacement.
Has it been 20-30 years since your last roof replacement?
As roof damage worsens with time, it’s important to not ignore or delay the need for a new roof. For example, cracked tiles or missing panels can cause moisture to accumulate in exposed areas which can eventually lead to water leakage and damage to your property.
• Visible Signs of Damage and Deterioration
If your home has been battered by a heavy storm or has experienced significant wear and tear, your roof will likely display signs of damage and deterioration such as: shingles which are visibly cracked or damaged, mold in your home or business, moss growing on roofing material, and a sagging roof. The last of which can be a tell-tale sign that your home is beginning to experience structural issues.
Do any of the above signs sound familiar? If so, there’s a good chance you’re in need of a roof replacement.
2. Budget & Choice of Materials
Should you go with wooden shakes or metal shingles, and how do you choose between clay or ceramic tiles?
Replacing a roof can be costly so it’s important to work out your budget, know what you want, and plan accordingly. For example, asphalt shingles may be cheaper than slates, but the latter are longer-lasting and more energy efficient. As such, the decision of what’s most appropriate for your home should come from expert advice only after thorough inspection by professionals.
Furthermore, roofing technology has come a long way, and today there are several materials and prices available. Undoubtedly, selecting the right choice of materials based on a specific budget can be a complex process. If you do not have the time to do the research or would prefer consultation regarding budgeting and materials, feel free to contact our experts who are happy to assist in any inquiries you may have.
Simply tell us your needs and we will come up with a plan of action that includes free inspection services as well as an estimated quote. At Integrity Roofing and Restoration, you will be able to compare all options before making an informed decision.
3. Should you Strip or Re-roof?
A full roof replacement may not always be necessary. Many people may choose to save some money by re-roofing or roofing over an existing system. However, this is not always ideal as without a full strip of the roof, your contractor may be unable to provide a thorough examination of the deck and any underlying issues that need to be repaired. In most cases, doing away with the old and starting anew is always better.
However, rest assured that at Integrity Roofing and Restoration, we would never give you advice for the sake of profit as we take pride in being our community’s trusted go-to when it comes to roof replacement and repair services.
4. Focus on Quality, Experience, and Expertise
As a roof replacement can be a hefty investment, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice.
When it comes to selecting your contractor, due diligence is pivotal. Look for a trusted company that has a great reputation, reliable reviews, and most importantly valid permits and paperwork to service your roofing and restoration needs.
You may be tempted to find a contractor offering the lowest prices. However, when it comes to roofing and other home repairs, the saying you get what you pay for rings true. Invest in quality with regards to the people you choose to replace your roof as well as the material used to ensure that you get effective, long-lasting results for your home or business.
5. Warranties & After Sales Services
One of the most important aspects to consider when getting a roof replacement is the service you can expect after the installation is complete. Make sure your contractor offers a standard warranty and get to know what aspects are covered (labor/materials). Ask questions such as how long the warranty will last, what it costs, extension opportunities, and how maintenance calls are requested.
At Integrity Roofing and Restoration, we make a point to provide you with all the resources and info you’ll need to make an informed decision and work with you every step of the way to ensure projects are completed correctly and professionally.
Be an Informed Homeowner
Replacing a roof is a major investment and being as informed as possible goes a long way. Weigh your choices carefully before making any decisions as in the end your new roof should last at a few decades, so it’s important you’ll be happy with the end result.
As North Carolina’s most trusted roofing company, we offer comprehensive services for all your roofing and restoration needs with over 25 years of expert knowledge and experience.