A building’s roof has two main purposes. The first is to provide shelter from environmental elements like the sun. Secondly, a roof also provides insulation from hot and cold weather.
Roofs generally last for many years. However, there may come a time when it becomes necessary to repair and replace roof shingles on your home due to damage from harsh weather conditions, earthquakes, falling tree limbs or leaks. Poor maintenance can also speed up deterioration.
Sometimes roofs are replaced simply to improve appearance or increase the property’s value.
How can you tell if your roof needs replacing? If you’re worried about the condition of your roof, the best way to troubleshoot any potential problems is to request an inspection from a roof replacement expert. A professional roofing company will look for missing shingles, loose roofing material, sags, signs of water damage and places where light is shining through the roof.
If the damage is severe and your roof cannot be repaired, it will need to be replaced.
When replacing a roof, there are now dozens of roofing materials to choose from, both natural and commercially made. A new energy efficient roof can also save you quite a bit of money over the years.
Shingle is a general term for many different types of roofing materials that overlap each other when installed on the roof, including asphalt, slate, tile and wood.
Asphalt shingles are less expensive that slate or tile, and the most popular type of shingle. For a professional, roof shingle installation is fairly easy and the shingles themselves are considered quite resilient.
The shingles are usually made of both fiberglass and asphalt, and covered with grit. The life expectancy of asphalt shingles often varies depending on their construction, although most asphalt shingles will have a 20 or 30 year warranty.
When reroofing a house with asphalt, you can either remove the old shingles or place the new shingles on top of the existing layer. One thing you need to be careful of when doubling up on roof shingles is the increase in weight. If your roof becomes too heavy, it can damage the frame. You should also know that any roof irregularities will be repeated if new tiles are simply placed on top of the old ones.
If you want the old shingles removed, consider hiring a professional roofing company to do the job. A roofing expert will know how to quickly remove the existing shingles.
Slate is an extremely durable roofing material, with a life expectancy that exceeds 400 years. Ceramic tile can also have a long life – sometimes up to 100 years. Wood shingles, usually made of cedar, can last up to 30 years.
Reroofing a house can also be done with asphalt rolls, thermoplastics, polyester, fabric and metal.
In some cases, the structure of your home will narrow your list of choices. Foundation repair specialists who are experienced at roofing can help you avoid common reroofing mistakes that could end up costing you many thousands of dollars.
Having your roof inspected on a regular basis will increase its longevity, especially when any issues are quickly addressed.
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