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Be sure to get a detailed quote from your roofer, and make sure it shows everything that was discussed on it. You should also ask for referrals and speak to some former customers. Make sure that the roofer cleaned up after themselves, finished the job when they said they would, addressed any issues in a timely way, and kept to the contract. Make sure that you trust whomever you hire to do the job correctly the first time.
Every roof is different, as well as what the roofers will find when they get up there. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the size and the scope of the job.
The longevity of your roof will depend on its materials, its installation, and its ventilation, so it’s hard to give a straight answer. Typically, a solid, well-constructed roof will last between 12-15 years. Depending on the quality and type of shingles you chose and the underlayment of your roof, that number can go up to 30 or more. However keep in mind, you are able to purchase warranties for up to 50 years!
The shape and style of your roof will determine whether you need a shingle or flat roof, while your budget will most likely determine whether you use asphalt or designer/luxury shingles. It’s important to keep in mind that those aren’t the only materials of which your roof is comprised. In addition to shingles, there’s decking, drip edge, ice and water barrier, underlayment, flashing, and ventilation. With our Malarkey and IKO Roof Systems, we pick the best quality materials and guarantee a dependable roof no matter what kind of home or budget you have.
Leaks can be tough to spot because water wants to find the path of least resistance and can travel for a while before finally showing up through your ceiling. You can try going into your attic or crawl space with a flashlight the next time it rains and try to trace it, but your most accurate answer will come from having a professional come out to find it and give you a quote. Also, being able to detect mold will also be a significant factor in identifying how long the issue has been present.
While it is technically possible to layer one set of shingles on top of another, this may be setting you up for future problems. If your current shingles are curling, cracked, missing, or are covered with moss or algae, you will need to strip them to install the new roof. Likewise if you already have two layers on your roof, they will have to come off to install the new shingles.
A roofing underlayment is also known as felt paper, and is installed beneath your shingles, over the wood of your roof. It helps protect your roof from wind driven rain that can get beneath your shingles and potentially damage your home.
Sometimes, this answer is obvious: a hole in your roof, missing shingles, leaks, or animals living in your attic. Other times, the signs you need a new roof are little more subtle. If your roof is more than 12-15 years old, it may be time to get a replacement and get ahead of any problems that result from a damaged roof. Curling shingles, missing or damaged flashing, ice dams, and discolored ceilings and walls are also good indicators that it’s time to replace your roof.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, a whopping 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal is due to the condition and aesthetic of the roof. When selling your home, if your roof is in bad shape or in need of major repairs or a replacement, you may have a lot of trouble getting people to bid on your home. A lot of buyers these days are on a budget, and don’t want to spend money on major repairs after they just bought a house. Replacing your roof before you sell can help you get ahead of trouble while still ...
Severe weather, direct sun, algae and mildew growth can all be factors in what causes a roof to wear out. Hail stones striking the roof and removing some of the granules are also a problem for certain roof types. Darker coloured roofs tend to wear out slightly faster than lighter coloured roofs as well.
The shingles may not have been properly installed, they could have been placed over an existing layer of shingles that is not giving adequate coverage, or there could be new damage due to a recent storm. The best way to find out is to have an inspection and estimate done.