What is a Roof Replacement?A full roof replacement entails the removal of the existing roofing system and the replacement of the decking, underlayment or membrane, and roof cover materials. You can also have your roof replaced by having a new underlayment system and roof cover materials installed over an existing roof, but only in certain cases in which the existing roof system is in prime condition and can fully support the weight of the additional materials.
What to ExpectAfter a thorough examination of your roofing system and your approval of our replacement proposal, we will gather the necessary permits and schedule a time to begin working on your roof. Although your property will be turned into a temporary worksite, we will make every effort to maintain an orderly and safe work area.
When to Replace Your RoofIf the integrity or functionality of your roof has been compromised, simply having it repaired may not be the best option. Situations that require a new roof include:
- Excessive or continuous leaks or drafts
- Presence of mold or rot
- Degraded condition of roof cover materials
- Stains or mold on the ceilings and wall inside the building
- High utility bills
- Leaks in the attic
Best Time for a Replacement RoofA roofing replacement is a labor-intensive job that can up to a few weeks to complete. The exact length of time will depend on the type and size of roof that is being replaced and the behavior of weather. Inclement weather, such as excessive rain or high temperatures, can delay the completion of a roof replacement. The best time to have your roof replaced is either in the late summer or in the fall. During these times of year, the relatively cooler temperatures and low humidity makes it easier for roofing professional to work longer without being affected by excessively high temperatures. It also allows the roofing materials, such as asphalt, enough time to seal or cure properly so that your roof is prepared for the winter elements.
What Are The Signs I Need A New Roof?You may not be a contracting expert, but you can notice some obvious signs you need a new roof, such as gaps in your roof letting light in through the ceiling. Also, be aware of sudden temperature changes. If your home has become drafty, it may not just be because air is leaking through the bottom of the doors. If you look at the roof and see that the shingles are falling apart or missing, then these are two major signs of decay that can't be ignored. You can also look out for chimney flashing disintegration. Flashing is any substance that will keep water out of your home, so if you start to see falling chunks of tar or crumbled cement down your chimney, then it may be time for a replacement.
Roofing Repair vs. ReplacementObviously, repairing is going to be more affordable to a homeowner than replacing. Most homeowners would rather just patch up leaks, and move on with their lives, but if your roof is already showing signs of wear, the problem is only likely to get worse. You also need to take into account whether or not you'll be keeping your home for much longer. If you choose to replace just a few shingles due to targeted weather damage, then it's likely that the roof will be two different colors, and may make it more difficult to sell — it's a tell-tale sign to prospective buyers that the house may need some work. Roofing repair prices vary from contractor to contractor, but it may not even be all that much cheaper to repair than replace. For example, to repair one side may be close to several thousand dollars, where you would get a price discount if you did the full replacement with all four sides. If one part of your roof needs repairing, it's a good sign that it may be time to just get the whole thing replaced. No roof is meant to last a lifetime, and your home roof can only be expected to last for so many years.
What Should I Look For In A Contractor?Your contractor should specialize in roof care. At Vertex Roofing Contractors, our job isn't to pressure you into a decision. We can give you expert tips and suggestions and let you take it from there. In addition to giving advice, we're also highly skilled in the following areas.
- Roofing for Residential, Commercial and Industrial Buildings
- Roof Repairs & Maintenance
- Shingle Replacement
- Roof Inspection
- Roof Replacement