The term “reroof” refers to putting on a new roof on an existing home or building. This is commonly done when the old roof is too far damaged to renovate it or to warrant keeping it.
For many homeowners, choosing between all the different materials used in roof projects can be the most confusing part of the entire process. Luckily, here are some factors that will help narrow the field and make it easier to make a decision:
- Roof Pitch
The Most Common Types of Roofs For Residential Buildings
For residentials, the most common types of materials used are:
- Three-Tab Asphalt Composition Shingles: the most common roofing solution as they are affordable, easy to source, and deliver. They typically last 20-30 years.
- Wood Shingles: some homeowners choose shingles made from real wood. They cost more than asphalt and may require more upkeep and maintenance. They can last up to 50 years.
- Standing Seam Steel Roofing: Metal makes for durable roofing material. They are expensive to install but in the long run, last much longer than most other types of roofs.
- Tile Roofs: Tiles can be made of clay or concrete, both of which can last up to a century. The biggest issue is the cracking of the tiles.
When is it Time To Repair A Roof?
A personal assessment of the roof can be made to see whether it might be time for a new one. Upon accessing the roof, the following are common signs of trouble that indicate it may be time to call in some contractors for a repair:
- Missing shingles
- Loose shingles
- Loose flashing
- Damage to seals around the roof vents
When is it Time To Replace A Roof?
The following warning signs are indications that you may just need a whole new roof:
- You can see “bald spots” on your roof
- There is water leaking into your house
- Most shingles are cracked or just brittle and about to crack
- You are seeing a lot of granules in your gutters
If you notice any of these problems, it’s best to have them fixed right away. Waiting for more than six months could result in complete and catastrophic damage to your home and your belongings.
Another way to know when it’s time for a new roof is by judging the lifespan of the current system:
- The asphalt shingles are more than 20 years old
- The wood shingles are more than 25 years old
- The slate shingles have been in place for more than a century
- The tile roof is more than 45 years old
The Process Of A Roof Replacement
You’ll feel more at ease with a reroofing project if the process is understood better.
Here are the basic steps involved in any roof replacement job:
- Removal of the old roof
- Repairs to the roof deck if necessary
- Install protective features
- Install the new roofing
- Install flashing
Allow Our Team Do The Job
We all know how important a solid roof is before and during hurricane season. Don’t let the weather catch you unprepared. Our skillful team comes with plenty of experience and can handle any roofing job necessary. Call us today and we will come and assess the situation and put your mind at ease.