In this article we look at how to decide if your roof needs replacing and what to do if the time has come to replace it. If you do have to replace your roof, be aware that it’s a large job and that it can be expensive, so make sure you have done your research thoroughly before you set out to implement the work. It’s not easy to know when your roof needs to be replaced. We all want to get as much out of our current roof as possible before thinking about replacing it, but if you learn to spot the signs of an aging roof, then you can manage your replacement more efficiently.
Roofs should be examined once a year. To do this you need to find a way to check the state of your roof. Most people usually look for a good vantage point and armed with binoculars they assess their roofs, but some homeowners are comfortable climbing a ladder and actually stepping onto their own roofs. What you should be looking out for when assessing a roof are signs of cracks on shingles, broken shingles, curled shingles, rust, moss, peeling paint, discoloration and lichen growth. One source of trouble could be neighboring trees; trees have branches that in windy weather rub against the roof damaging it. It is important to trim branches that are close to the roof to avoid any wear and tear to the roof.
One way to check for leaks on the roof is to inspect the ceilings and walls in the building. If you find any dark moldy spots, then take that as a sign that there could be a leak somewhere on the roof. If you have small areas on the roof with a damaged shingle or two you can attempt to repair them yourself. If the roof isn’t too steep and you are extra careful then try and repair the roof on our own. Alternatively you can contact a roofing contractor in your area that is reputable and affordable and pay them in the range of $100 to $200 for each spot repair they do.
If you find granule deposits in your gutter, then you should know that your asphalt shingles roof is deteriorating and you need to inspect your roof more often. If you can determine the age of the roof, you will have an idea when it’s a good time to replace it. The most common roofs are asphalt shingles roof which come with average 20 year warranties. In warmer climates asphalt shingles tend to have a reduced lifespan of sometimes only 10 years whereas in cooler climates they perform much better.
Wood shingle and metal roofs amongst others have longer life expectancies, although they are less popular because of their higher pricing. When the time comes to replace your roof you will have two options. The first is to tear the old roof off and replace it; the second option is to roof over the existing asphalt shingles. Our Salem roofing contractors do not suggest or perform the latter type of job. Prices range between $1 and $3 a square foot to remove the roof and the price will depend on the complexity of the job and also on how steep your roof is.
It is advisable to scrap the old roof and replace it with a new one if you want to ensure you get the best protection out of your roof. Deciding if you want to keep your old roof and just add another layer on top or whether you are going to completely remove the old roof and replace it with a new one will come down to how much you can afford to pay.
When choosing your roofing materials they will come in a unit of measurement known as squares, which is equal to 100 square feet. An average building in the USA needs roughly 1,500 square feet of roofing, which is 15 squares.
Some types of asphalt shingles come with cooling granules and metal roofing with a special coating which helps reduce energy costs and could make you eligible for a federal energy efficiency tax credit of up to $500. You will need to check with your supplier if your roof meets Energy Star requirements to qualify for this tax credit.
If you need to replace your roof, we at Salem Roofers, can put you in contact with one of our hand selected star contractors who come with guarantees as to their superior standards of service. Our contractors are qualified, well trained, affordable and trustworthy. At Salem Roofers we ensure our contractors treat our customers who contact us for help, with professionalism and integrity. We don’t just provide you with any old contractor; we select contractors that we trust and this means that you can get the best service at the best price delivered to you in the utmost professional manner.
Contact us today for all your roofing needs and keep returning to this website for more tips and advice on your roofing systems. To contact us just fill out the contact form at the top of our website, and we will get straight back to you and put you in contact with a Salem roofing contractor that won’t disappoint.