Installing a new roof is not a project most homeowners do on a whim. A new roof is an investment in your home, and most homeowners will only go through the project once. When you are considering installing a new roof, there may be questions you have. Preparing for your new roof installation in advance can make the process much less stressful.
How to Know You Need a New Roof
The lifespan of a roof with asphalt shingles is usually between 20-25 years. If your roof is approaching that age, it’s time to consider replacing it. There are several other signs that point to your roof reaching it’s lifespan:
Your Gutters Have Granules in Them
When your shingles are old and in need of replacement, they start to lose their granules, which will then wash down into the gutters. If you see granules in your gutters or downspouts, it’s a sign that your shingles are wearing down.
Your Shingles Are Damaged
If you see cracked, buckling, or curling shingles when you look at your roof, they will need to be replaced.
You Notice Issues Inside Your Home
If there is daylight showing through your attic, a consistent leak, or staining along your exterior walls, the problem is most likely with your roof, and it’s a problem that will need to be addressed soon, before you get water damage that requires more serious work.
Materials Available for Your New Roof
Many homeowners don’t give much thought to the materials for their new roof. While asphalt shingles are still the most commonly used material, it is well worth it to research other materials as well. Metal shingles, composite shingles, slate, or tile all have their advantages and disadvantages. When considering installing a new roof, research each option carefully. Speaking with a roofing expert can help guide you toward the right decision for your home based on many factors, including your region.
Finding the Right Contractor for the Job
Roofing is not a smart project to take on yourself, so it is highly recommended to hire a professional. Hiring the right contractor for the job can make the process much less stressful. Start by talking to local friends and neighbors who have recently gone through the process and ask them about their experience and whether or not they recommend their roofing contractor. Once you have a few roofing contractors on your list to contact, schedule some estimates. Once you have the bids, look carefully at the paperwork when you make your decision. The lowest price is not always the best option, so make sure you understand exactly what each roofing contractor has included in the cost.
What the Roofing Process Will Look Like
Installing a new roof is not a subtle process. Roofing is noisy and can be disruptive. When you are considering installing a new roof, speak to your roofing contractor about what to expect. They can guide you toward the preparation of your property, what to expect during the process, and what clean up will look like. If you have kids and pets, especially if they are sensitive to noise, you may want to consider finding somewhere to take them during the day while the installation is taking place. Make sure that your landscaping is protected before the process starts, and when the project is complete, make sure that clean up is complete and there are no errant nails in your yard-even the most diligent and thorough roofing crew may miss a few.
If you prepare ahead of time, your roofing project doesn’t need to be stressful! Installing a new roof is a substantial investment, but a well done roof replacement will assure you that your home will be secure for many years to come. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for a virtual appointment to talk about a new roof for your home. We have the knowledge and local experience to get the job done right.