The roof over your family is arguably one of the most important components of your house. A properly installed and maintained roof should last many years and keep elements out of your home. But at some point, even the most durable roofs will have to be replaced.
When your roof is almost at the end of its useful life, you may have plenty of questions about the materials needed, the overall cost, and how to find a dependable roofing contractor. To help you make informed decisions, here are 3 important things to consider when replacing your roof.
1. Should You Replace Your Roof?
The need for a roof replacement is not always apparent unless it gets crushed by a tree or catches fire. Replacing a few shingles every now and then will only solve the problem for so long. Listed below are some common signs to know it may be time to get a new roof:
- It’s been 20-25 years since the roof was replaced. Most roofs typically last between 20 and 30 years. This typically depends on how many layers of shingles there are and whether your roof is properly ventilated.
- Water is leaking into your home. Obvious leaks, sagging spots, rotting tiles, and dark stains are all clear signs of water damage. Leaks usually occur at roof valleys and in areas where flashing has cracked or broke.
- A sagging roof doesn’t just look bad; it could be a warning that the roof could eventually collapse.
- Shingles are visibly cracked, damaged, or missing. Cracking, splitting, or tearing shingles can be caused by a bending ridge, cold weather, wind damage, extreme weather fluctuations, or lacking adequate tear resistance substrate. Missing shingles are caused by high winds, age, natural weathering, and improper fastening. They expose the underside and also invite water and moisture in.
- There’s evidence of hail damage, such as divots on shingles or dents in gutters and other metal accessories.
There’s mold in your attic or inside the property. Inadequate ventilation in the attic and rain and water infiltration are some of the most common causes. Mold can eat the wood structure of your roof until it can no longer support the weight.
2. Hire Licensed and Insured Contractors
Because roof replacement is a once-every-few-decades job, some roofing contractors don’t care much about customer satisfaction. What’s more, many homeowners choose roofers based largely on price. It may be tempting to find a contractor who offers the lowest prices. But as with most things, you get what you pay for when you hire a roofer. You need to be very careful about who you choose to do your roofing job.
Warranties are also important because replacing your roof is a big investment. Be sure to find out what is covered by your new roof warranty. There are two types of warranties:
- Standard roofing warranty, where the labor and workmanship is backed by the roofing contractor
- A no-dollar-limit warranty backed by the manufacturer.
Some companies may advise installing another layer of shingles to under-bid their competition. This has several drawbacks including the inability to examine the roof deck. Adding another layer will only lead to larger and more expensive problems.
A quality roofer should inspect your home to understand what they’re dealing with. They should explain the project scope and provide a detailed quote. Ideally, a roofing quote should be a thorough and transparent document with an estimate of the cost of materials and labor. Ask your selected contractor how long your quote is good for so you can take advantage of the quote before it ends. Here are a few things which help determine the cost of your new roof:
- Labor is a huge part depending on the size of your roof
- Insurance to cover crews and protect your property
- Vehicles for crews and project managers
- Materials and roofing system components installed
- Delivery of materials to your home
3. Materials to Use
Since your roof is an important part of your home, you don’t want to skimp on materials. The best way to lock in value in your roof is to ensure you choose materials of high-quality. A company guaranteed by the shingle manufacturer will know what materials work best at your price point. Make sure you go for top-quality products.
Key materials used on every project:
- Ice and Water Barrier (For coverage on eaves)
- Starter Shingle (Decreases chances of blow-off)
- Cap nails (for underlayment and Ice and Water Barrier)
- Coil Nails (for shingles)
- Turtle Vents
- Powered Turbines
- Ridge Venting
Do You Need a New Roof?
If you think it might be time to get a new roof for your Utah home, connect with RoofTek for a free estimate. We install the highest-quality roofs with excellent workmanship and unwavering integrity.