We are repair specialists for all types of roofs here in SW Florida. Our inspectors can help you make the right choice the 1st time when it comes to repairing or replacing your homes roof.
As a licensed roofing contractors in SW Florida we get a lot of calls with questions about new roofs, roofing repairs, and replacement roofs. Nobody likes to have to replace a roof or spend money to keep their roof and their homes in tip top shape. However, if we fail to take steps early on, a missing shingle can turn into a small leak which can then turn into interior water damage, mold, and the failing of an entire roof system. These questions are the same kinds of roofing repair questions we field for a lot of our customers.
We thought gathering the most popular questions here, in one place, might make it easier to help people find the answers they are looking for.
Do I Need a New Roof? Now, this is a pretty popular roofing question. Can the current roof be repaired or do you need a new roof? That is a pretty big question and one that is impossible to answer without having an experienced roofing contractor do a thorough inspection of the roof. However, there are some telltale signs you can keep an eye out for.
With residential roofs and pitched roofs, constant leaks, unexplained mold on the interior of the building, curling shingles, ceramic chips in the gutter or around the drainage pipe or flashing pulling away might be a sign that it is time for a new roof. Flat and commercial roofs may need replaced if you are noticing unexplained mold, persistent leaks, flashing pulling away from the building or around AC units, seams starting to pull apart, or when the protective coating is wearing away and exposing the base matt of the roof.
Why Are My Roof Shingles Curling? There are a few reasons the roofing shingles on your home may be starting to curl. Mostly, this is related to the oils within the asphalt shingles beginning to evaporate. As the oils evaporate, the shingle shrinks, which causes it to curl up and expose the plywood beneath the shingles. This is problematic, because it then allows water to travel beneath the shingles and get to the wood decking and interior of the roof. With that, wood can rot and mold can grow. Curled shingles do not have to be the end of your roof. As a fix, you can try and heat the shingles up with a hair dryer and reshape the shingles. This is most likely a temporary fix, but can help stretch the life of your shingles and thus your roof.
How Much Does a New Roof Cost? Of course, when anyone looks at replacement roofing, cost comes into play. There are a lot of things that can have an effect on the cost of a new roof. The labor needed to remove the old roof and add on the new roof, the materials used for the new roof, any repairs necessary to the wood decking and even the storage area and staging ground can have an effect on the price of a new roof. Of course, the size and the shape including pitch, number of valleys, and so on will also make a difference when it comes to cost.
Roofing contractors who provide an estimate without doing a thorough roofing inspection are hardly able to either justify or stay within the budget. There are a lot of factors involved here and trying to give a roundabout number can be detrimental to the entire process. Get everything in writing and know what you are paying for. Remember also that cheaper is not always better. Like with many things, roof repair and replacement often holds true to the adage, you get what you pay for.
Do I Have to Remove the Old Roof? In some cases, we can save money on a new roof by having what is called a tear off roof installed. This is not always recommended, but does work some of the time. This tear off roof is done with asphalt shingles with new shingles being placed over old shingles. This can typically only be done once per a roof. The other side of the coin is that, when the roof needs to be replaced the next time around, it will typically cost more, because there are two roofs to tear away. This style of roofing tends to have some gaps, lessening the energy efficiency of the home. It also has a tendency to greatly reduce the lifespan of the overlying roof. So, it is a quick fix to save money in the short term, but cost more in the long run.
How Long Should My Roof Last? Depending on the specific roofing materials and the quality of the workmanship of the roofing contractor, the lifespan of a roof can vary greatly. Asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last between 10 and 20 years. Cedar shake roofs are generally expected to last between 20 and 40 years. Tile roofs are expected to last up to 50 years. Metal roofing should last 50 or more years. Meanwhile, slate roofing, if properly maintained has been known to last for more than a century. In all of these cases, basic roof maintenance must be carried out to achieve best results.
What Are These Granules in the Gutter? If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you may start recognizing rough granules begin appearing in the gutter. These ceramic granules are designed to protect the shingle from sun and water. Over time, they will wear away, which renders the shingle pretty much useless. The lower quality shingles will have granules that wear away faster than higher quality shingles, which means the roof will not last as long.
What About Roofing Warranties? There are two kinds of warranties you will be looking at when you have roofing repairs done or a replacement roof installed. The first and most common roof warranty is the material warranty. This is usually provided by the manufacturer and has certain requirements such as being installed by a certified or licensed roofing contractor, proper maintenance being carried out, and following manufacturer guidelines for both installation and upkeep. The materials warranty will only cover the cost for replacement materials, which is usually the most inexpensive part of a new roof.
A labor and material warranty will cover both the materials as above, but also the craftsmanship of the roof. That means, as long as all maintenance and care has been properly carried out, should the roof fail within the allotted timeframe, both the cost of the materials and the labor will be covered.
What About a Blistering Roof? If you notice bulges or bubbles in the roofing, typically referred to a roof blisters, you should have this looked at quickly. This typically indicates that moisture has gotten under the exterior of the roof and is trapped. If left unchecked, that moisture can lead to rot and even mold.
What is a Green Roof? A green roof is a relatively new technique where a layer of vegetation is placed on top of a flat or mostly flat roof. This helps to keep the building cooler and has become popular in more urban areas that have a lack of shade trees. Special care must be taken with green roofs to insure that the vegetation does not grow out of control or damage the roof.
Why is Attic Ventilation Important? Manufacturers will often require attic ventilation as part of the warranty process. Building codes require the ventilation as part of the safety requirements. The attic ventilation allows the roofing to breathe. It stops moisture from building up as quickly in the attic, causing damage to the roofing system from the interior. Having good attic ventilation can help lengthen the life of your roof.
Why is My Roof Leaking? There are a lot of things can cause your roof to leak. If it is a newly installed roof, you should definitely contact your roofing contractor right away. The sooner they know about the problem, the sooner they can get it corrected for you. Waiting to repair roof leaks will only cause the roof to leak more and the problems to escalate. The most common places you will find leaking in the roof include around areas where the roof is shaped around like the chimney, vents, air conditioning units, and anywhere there is flashing. The majority of the time spent installing a roof should be spent making sure that all penetration spots on the roof are properly sealed. If you see damaged or missing flashing or shingles, this is the most likely culprit for roof leaks.
These areas where it is likely to leak should be installed in such a way that they will outlast the roofing materials. However, they also tend to be the most likely to fail. That failure rate is typically due to error with installations. Ask your roofing contractor what kind of extra precautions they take to insure water proofing is done properly on your roof.
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