From time to time, almost all homeowners have to replace their roofs. Whether your current roofing materials become damaged in a storm or you find that you are simply ready to change the look of your house, it’s important to understand the basics of residential roof replacements before you hire a team to put a new roof on your home. As you continue reading here, you’ll discover some frequently asked questions that pertain to residential roof replacement. By the time you are done reading, you should know what to expect during your upcoming job.
What situations warrant a roof replacement?
Sometimes, it makes more sense to repair damaged roofing, particularly if it is a relatively new roof. Often, though, it is logical to invest in an entirely new roof when your current one sustains damage. If, for example, your asphalt shingles are at least 15 years old, the odds of having to replace them in the next few years are extremely high; most asphalt shingles are rated to last for about 20 years. Therefore, rather than paying for repairs, then a subsequent replacement, you should probably just have the full replacement done upfront.
It is also wise to have your whole roof replaced anytime your homeowner’s insurance is going to pay for it. If, for instance, your roof gets hit hard during a Carolina hail storm and your insurance adjustor informs you that a total replacement is an option, it is wise to go ahead and hire a contractor. In this case, the most important thing is to make sure your insurance agency doesn’t have any restrictions on which local roofing companies you can use.
Are there any red flags I should be looking for?
There are certain red flags that can signify homeowners it is nearly time for a roof replacement. If, for example, you’ve noticed any interior leaks or water staining, it is a surefire sign that your roof is failing. Once water starts seeping through the underlayment, you should call a reputable roofing contractor right away. The sooner you get your roof replaced, the less likely it is that any serious damage will occur. Missing shingles are another sign of roof problems. If you see any loose shingles laying in your yard, you need to get a new roof as soon as possible.
How do I know which roofing material to choose?
There are a number of different roofing materials on the market today. Figuring out which one is the best fit for your remodel can be a challenge. Every material has its own set of pros and cons, so having a conversation with your contractor is wise. He or she will be able to explain more about all of the roofing options you are interested in.
Some, you might find, have all of the qualities you want, but are above your budget. Others might fit the bill financially but lack certain features. Eventually, you are sure to find something that suits all of your needs. Asphalt shingles are the most common choice in the United States.
The team at Hatch Homes handles roofing jobs all over North Carolina and South Carolina. No matter what the state of your roof is right now, we can help. Often, the homeowners we work with are amazed by how different their houses look once their new roofs are installed. We believe the right roof can go a long way toward turning a house into a dream home!