How will you know…
Do you need to
replace your roof?
How Do You Know if Your Roof Needs Replacing?
Getting a new roof is not an everyday event and can pose a lot of questions. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure where to begin.
At Sonshine Roofing we help you understand where to start. We also suggest things to consider before you buy. We will continue to be a resource even after the roof replacement is complete.
As your roof gets older, it is common to wonder if a repair will suffice or if the roof is due for a replacement. When deciding if your roof has reached it’s maximum service life, an experienced roofing contractor provides quality insight. We help you identify what warrants one over the other, and which is your most cost effective answer.
Learn more about roof repair and replacement so you can make an informed decision. We’re here to help you.
What You Should Know Before Replacing a Roof
Know Your Contractor
We are a state licensed and insured roofing contractor bringing over 50 years of experience to your real-life roofing situations. We offer knowledgeable solutions leveraging both our expertise and experience. All roofing contractors are legally required to hold a state license. They are also required to have proper insurances to meet Building Code requirements. These are all great qualities, but we have found these things alone do not guarantee experience, quality workmanship, or a long lasting roof. Here at Sonshine Roofing we take extra steps to build roofs which exceed these local building code requirements. We value continued training in quality craftsmanship for our crews.
Know What Materials You Need
There are many material options available to choose from. We are here to help you decipher what is best for you and your home. Material selection is important when thinking about the lifespan of your roof. Items like type of nails, specific underlayment, balanced ventilation, etc. all need to be considered. We take the time necessary to discuss all your roofing material options and answer your questions. Not only is material selection important, but proper installation of the materials is of equal importance.
Know and Understand the Various Warranties
In addition to a workmanship warranty offered by the contractor, there are also warranties offered by the material manufacturer. Some of these warranties provide coverage for fifty years or even up to a lifetime. Each component of a new roof contributes an important part of a complete roof system.
For example, a shingled roof is of very little value without nails to hold it in place. However, the manufacturers of each of a roof’s components only cover the items they manufacture. A shingle manufacturer will not replace a roof that’s under warranty if they determine the nails caused the roof failure. A fifty year or lifetime shingle manufacturer warranty is of little value if the nails rust out and leak in a few short years.
Various warranties have certain limitations and have very specific requirements or the warranty is null and void. Make sure your contractor understands the fine print of each of the various materials they are recommending and is aware of potential issues. Oversight on these details can void a material warranty during the installation process.
Know the Importance of Roof Maintenance
It is a common misconception that a new roof does not need maintenance. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Even when your roof is installed with quality material and workmanship anything can happen to your roof. Roofs are always working and doing their job. Things like falling debris, rodents, high winds, heavy rain, and other weather related elements can cause roof damage. In addition, workmanship and material failures are seldom visible from the ground or to the untrained eye until long after the damage is widespread and no longer covered by any warranties.
Having your roof looked at by a professional roofing contractor at least once a year is the best way to protect your roofing investment. Annual inspections and maintenance when needed will minimize your overall roofing cost. Detecting a problem before it becomes larger can make the difference between an inexpensive repair or a complete roof replacement. Let us help you maintain your roof to maximize its useful service life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Replacement
How long should a roof last?
Would a repair be sufficient?
How will I know a roof needs to be replaced?
When walking on the roof, such as when installing Christmas lights or cleaning off roof debris, pay attention to any areas that feel spongy or bouncy like a trampoline. This typically means moisture has made its way to the decking underneath the roofing material, and the roof may need to be replaced. All are signs it’s time to call a reputable roofing company to do a more thorough inspection. This will help you determine what is needed, a roof repair or roof replacement.
What questions should I ask my roofing contractor?
Should I pay for a roofing estimate?
What should I expect during roof replacement?
Choosing a roofing contractor is as important as the type of roof selected and the materials used. Head over to the 5 Things Every Roofing Contractor Should Tell You page to learn more.
Get an experienced consultation and estimate by calling us today to schedule a time to meet with one of our Roofing Specialists.
Types of Roofs
Learn more about the different types of roofing materials you have to choose from.