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 its 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
Know What Materials You Need
Know and Understand the Various Warranties
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
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?
The average roof constructed with asphalt shingles should last a minimum of 20 to 25 years. As the vast majority of structures in the United States currently have asphalt shingle roofs, this applies to most homes.
Metal roofs tend to be extremely durable and can last 40 years or more while tile roofs can reach a lifespan of 50 years. Invest in a slate roof and it may easily outlast the lifespan of the homeowner. (This assumes all of these roofs are properly installed and maintained.)
Visit our page How To Make Your Roof Last for more information on maintaining the roof for longer use.
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?
Find out more about Why We Charge A Service Fee for a Roofing Estimate and what you’re really getting with free estimates.
What should I expect during roof replacement?
Get an experienced consultation and estimate by calling us today to schedule a time to meet with one of our Roofing Specialists.