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General Roofing FAQ

What are some reasons for needing a new roof?

The Reasons For Getting A New Roof are many, but some of the more popular reasons are listed and discussed below:

  • Increase Your Home’s Value
  • Your Building a New Home
  • Leaks
  • Storm Damage including but not limited to Wind damage, Hail damage, and or Falling debris

How does replacing my old roof help increase my homes value?

Replacing an old roof can help add curb appeal and will increase the perceived value of your home*. This may be especially helpful if you intend to sell your house. Remember, when selling a house, the first impression is important. Not only does a new roof play a critical part in protecting the investment, it can really transform the look—helping give you an edge over the other properties for sale in your neighborhood. Return on your investment of a new roof ranks right up there with remodeling a kitchen or bathroom—both projects are well-known to be desirable in a home resale.

If I Am Building a New Home, What Roof Should I Consider?

If you’re building a new home, you have the unique opportunity to design the entire exterior of your home to suit your style. Most homeowners opt to build a new custom home because they want a home that matches their unique style. One of the most visual aspects of a home that can be seen is the roof and it is why many homeowners elect to install a new roof that is visually appealing and durable. In fact, many homeowners building custom homes often opt for our permanent roofing solutions because they never want to have to deal with a roofing issue again. Ultimately the decision should be based on your unique needs; for example, is the home going to be sold in the future or are you planning on staying in the home?

Why Should I Replace My Roof If I Have Leaks?

If shingles are missing, cracked or otherwise damaged, water can, over time, begin to leak into the home. A leak can start out small and slowly cause a lot of damage if a warning sign is ignored. Knowing you have a roof leak is usually obvious when you see the water spot on your ceiling.

However, it can be much harder to pinpoint the cause of the leak. You may assume your shingles are at fault, but it could be missing flashing around a chimney, or some other entry point, that’s allowing the water to get inside your attic. Once inside the attic, water can travel along rafters and other horizontal surfaces making it difficult to find the exact entry point.

Or, water entry can also be caused by an ice dam. Ice dams are formed by the continual thawing of snow over the warmer portions of the roof and refreezing over the cold eave. The ice dam can cause water to backup under shingles. If your roof doesn’t have an ice & water underlayment installed under the shingles, you could be experiencing leaks.

What Are Some General Warning Signs That a Roof Might Be Past Its Useful Life?

Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list

Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:

  • Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
  • Bald spots where granules are missing
  • Cracked shingles

Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles

Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life

The roof just looks old and worn

Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.

Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.