Signs That You Should Know When You Need A Roof Replacement
If your roof is of asphalt shingles and is over 15 years of age, It is getting time to consider replacing it. Asphalt shingles can last from 15 to 30 years or so depending on how many severe storms it has gone through, and the quality of the shingles when installed. The number of granules found in the gutter is an indicator of wear on the roof. The number of missing or damaged shingles or flashing also can tell if it is time for a replacement.
A metal roof can last for up to 50 years, depending on the severity of storms it has seen. Other types of roofing material (tile, wood shingles, wood shakes, slate) can last considerably beyond the 25-year mark, and also depend on the condition of the roof itself from the care it has gotten over the years.
Your roofing contractor can help you decide if it is time for a replacement roof. Maybe you just want a new roof. Otherwise, your roofing specialist should first be given the chance to do a careful inspection of your roof.
How To Pick The Best Roofing Materials
You don’t have to stay with the same roofing material if you are installing a new roof. If you are changing material type, all of the old roofing material has to come off anyway.
If you have asphalt shingles and are staying with that type of material, it is possible to put the new roof over the existing roof. This will save some money and you can choose the color and style of shingle to suit your preference. Asphalt shingles will be the least expensive roof and can last from 15 to 30 years.
Steel panel roofing can last for up to 50 years and is available in many different colors and different thicknesses. Tile and slate make a distinctive roof and can last for up to 100 years if installed correctly. A wood roof in the form of either shakes or shingles can last for upwards of 25 years depending on the care that it gets.
Your roofing contractor can help you decide about choosing the right roofing material.
Choose Your Roofing Company Wisely
If you don’t already have a roofing contractor selected, take some time in choosing one. You can ask neighbors or friends who have had recent roofing work done about their experience. And you can look on the internet for local roofing contractors. When you find several contractors online to consider, search for reviews of their recent work.
After this initial selection work, you can ask the individual contractors about their length of experience in roofing, and the types of roofing materials they have worked with. They can also be asked for quotes on a new roof for your selected roofing material. Before you select a single contractor for the work, you can ask to be sure they have the proper licenses and insurance.
Choosing a roofing company is the most important part of installing a new roof. Be careful and take your time.