In the spring, the sun comes out, the snow melts…and many homeowners start to worry about their roof. If winter was unkind to your roof, you may be considering roof replacement.
Roof replacement seems like a big undertaking, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Better yet, roof replacement adds to the look, comfort, and value of your home. It’s an investment, but one that quickly pays for itself in surprising ways. For almost all homeowners, the cost is the biggest concern when considering roof replacement, but the truth is, the benefits of a great roof often outweigh the cost.
Is it time to replace? And if so, what you should expect in the process? Here’s what you need to know about roof replacement.
The Number One Reason Roofs Fail
Obviously, the roof on your home is necessary for your protection and to keep out the weather elements, but most homeowners often overlook factors in their roof’s ventilation performance (or the lack thereof). We often forget how important ventilation is in our homes. When you have living, breathing families on the inside, they’re producing heat, moisture, and air. Not only is the roof keeping the air and bad weather out of your home, but it’s also holding in the air and heat.
Often the roofing problems we see come down to ventilation issues. If you think about the function of a roof, the cool air should enter from the eaves into the ventilation (the grids on the underside of your eaves). The air should be exhausted in an equal amount at the ridge of the roof. The hot air should escape from the top. When warm air doesn’t escape and becomes trapped, it gets very hot, causing the shingles to curl and eventually break.
Another indicator of a ventilation problem with your roof is the appearance of icicles underneath the gutter line. This is a sign your attic is too hot. Your home is melting the ice and snow underneath the top, forming an ice dam. That moisture seeps into and under the shingles, causing major problems like leaking, damage to the ceiling or insulation, and mold.
Some companies might simply tell you the problem can be fixed by patching with shingles, but that’s not a sustainable, long-term solution. In the long run, a patch job will end up costing you, the homeowner, a lot more money because it doesn’t address the underlying issue.
Instead, a trained professional should do proper measurements to factor in the amount of exhaust, heat, and ventilation. Not only do these factors contribute to the life of your roof, but they ensure your warranty stays valid as well. Putting new shingles on a damaged roof may invalidate your warranty and cause bigger problems in the future. Think of it as a band-aid to an injury.
To learn more about the importance of roofing ventilation, don’t miss our video.
Is It Time to Consider Roof Replacement?
Is it time to start considering roof replacement? While ventilation-related concerns aren’t the only area to examine, they’re a big determining factor. Other roofing-related concerns to look at include:
- Roof staining and discoloration indicate water damage.
- The state of the flashing. Is it loose, detached, or cracking?
- The state of the gutters. Are they clogged, leading to water seepage and other issues? Are they properly attached and working?
- The interior ceiling of the home. Look for any water damage, leaking, or signs of roof failure.
When considering roof replacement, it’s easy to focus on price, but it’s also important to ensure your new roof will address ventilation or the root cause of your roofing issues. When our Weather Tight experts assess your roofing needs, they always look at the underlying factors like the ventilation system, the state of the flashing, the gutters, and the interior of your home.
Your free in-home roof assessment and estimate begin with a satellite image of your roof, giving our experts the dimensions, pitches, and protrusions they need to consider. This helps them to gather exact measurements for their report. Our consultants will go inside your attic, given that they have ample availability to do so, to examine the area that’s supposed to be ventilated. They’ll take a look at the state of your insulation, the ventilation system, and areas like the roof deck for moisture, damage, and breakage.
There are many factors indicating when roof replacement is needed. Your Weather Tight expert will walk you through many of the considerations. If you decide to compare, it’s important that any expert walks you through all your options and explains the process.
A great roof replacement assessment will consider and cover all these factors:
- Is the old roof being torn off, or is the new roof material being layered over the top?
- What type of underlayment is being used?
- How is the roof being installed, and what is the process?
- What brands or products are used?
- How are the nails placed, and how many were used?
- Was the ventilation assessed, and how is it being considered in your new roof plan?
Whatever your choice for roof replacement, we’ll help you explore your best options. Our Weather Tight team works carefully to protect your home, so replacing your roof is a relatively painless process. There will be some noise, dust, debris, and vibration, particularly in the attic, but most customers report the process was faster and easier than they imagined.
Our Weather Tight experts are happy to discuss your options and do a free assessment and demonstration on your current roof. If you’re considering roof replacement, let us help improve the look, energy efficiency, and comfort of your home today!