Residential roofing projects can be big jobs – and big investments. Here’s what you need to know about residential roofing, including repairs and replacements, how much it’ll cost, and what to expect from your project.
What You Need to Know About Residential Roofing
Whether you need simple repairs or a complete roof replacement, it’s important that you address your roof’s issues immediately. Even small problems – those that could be easily fixed – can spiral into huge issues that could cost you thousands.
Common Roof Problems
Roof problems don’t just affect the roof. In fact, they can compromise your whole home’s structure. Some of the most common residential roofing problems include:
- Clogged gutters
- Punctures and holes
- Snow or ice damage
- Tree damage
Clogged or broken gutters can’t provide a clear pathway for water to exit your roof. When water pools up in your gutters, it can seep into your eaves and lead to rot.
Roof leaks are most common near chimneys, under damaged shingles and around gutters. They’re also common near skylights, at flashing points and in low spots and valleys in your roof. Even a small leak can become catastrophic if it’s not handled immediately, so if you notice signs of a roof leak, you need to call a residential roofing expert immediately.
Punctures and Holes
Your roof can sustain punctures and holes from wildlife, tree branches, hail and a number of other sources. Unfortunately, water and pests can get into those small holes – and that paves the way for roof leaks in the future.
Some roofing materials – especially older ones that weren’t made with the same care roofing materials are made with today – are subject to shrinkage. If your roofing materials shrink, they can cause all kinds of problems. They can even pull apart flashing, which will eventually allow water to penetrate the roof deck.
Snow or Ice Damage
Snow and ice are hard on roofing materials, and they’re even harder when they melt and refreeze. When water seeps underneath your shingles and refreezes, it can lift them up and allow even more water in the next time.
A big tree limb doesn’t have to fall on your roof to cause damage. Sometimes small branches rubbing against your roof every day can wear down the protective coating on your shingles, leaving your home exposed to several other dangers.
Signs You Need Residential Roof Repairs or Replacement
Be on the lookout for these signs that you need residential roof repair or replacement:
- Curled or cracked shingles
- Missing shingles
- “Bald” shingles that are missing granules
- Sagging rafters
- Moisture in your attic
- Extreme temperatures in your attic
- Leaks inside your home
- Blistering or peeling exterior paint
- Discoloration or staining from water on your ceilings or walls
- Sudden high energy bills
The vast majority of roof repairs are simple fixes – it just takes an expert to know what to fix and how to fix it. If your roof needs repair, a residential roof professional will be able to identify issues and provide you with a cost estimate to fix them during your free roof inspection.
Repairing your roof as soon as you discover issues is essential. If left untreated, many minor problems quickly become major disasters – and they become more expensive to fix.
Roof replacement is often necessary when problems have been allowed to go on too long. It also becomes necessary when your roof reaches the end of its lifespan. The average asphalt roof lasts between 20 and 30 years, so if you see your neighbors start getting new roofs or if you’re experiencing issues, it might be time for you to schedule a residential roofing inspection.
Some of the most common reasons people need a roof replacement include:
- Advanced roof age
- Storm damage
If you need a new roof, you have a wide range of options when it comes to materials, style and colors. These are some of the most popular:
- Asphalt shingles
- Wood shakes and shingles
There are even several energy efficient roofing materials you can choose that lessen how much solar radiation your home absorbs.
5 Reasons to Start With a Free Residential Roofing Inspection
When was the last time you thought about your roof? Are you only thinking about it now because you’ve noticed a problem?
Check out these five reasons to get a free residential roofing inspection:
- It’s been a year since your last one. You should have your roof inspected by an expert at least once a year – especially if it’s more than a few years old, it’s been through a rough storm or two, or you notice that it doesn’t look as good as it used to.
- You need to know how to prepare an insurance claim. Having a professional roofer inspect your roof is invaluable. He or she can help you prepare your insurance claim and give you advice on what needs to be done to repair your roof after damage has been done.
- You need some peace of mind. The average asphalt roof lasts between 20 and 30 years, so if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might have a handful of problems you don’t know about.
- You may be able to head off a complete roof replacement. If your roof inspector notices damaged areas or trouble spots, he or she can recommend repairs that can save you thousands of dollars – and temporarily stave off a roof replacement, too.
- You shouldn’t climb on your roof to inspect it yourself. Roof inspectors are trained professionals, and they know what to look for. Don’t put yourself at risk (or risk damaging your own roof) by climbing up there when you could schedule a free roof inspection with us.
Do You Need to Talk to a Residential Roofing Expert?
If you’re experiencing issues with your residential roof, or if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, we can help you. Call us or get in touch with us online to talk about what’s going on – we’ll inspect your roof and provide the residential roofing solutions you need.