The process of repairing or replacing a roof can be a frustrating experience. From managing the whole process to finding a reliable roofing contractor to assessing products and prices, there’s just no easy way to tell if you’re getting what you pay for.
The following questions are designed to control the process and ensure you get what you want at a reasonable price.
1. What is actual age of your roof?
The average lifespan of a roof is about 10 to 15 years, so if your roof is older than that, you should be thinking about repairs or replacement. The actual lifespan of the shingles depends on several factors including size and quality of the home, time of construction, number of layers and proper installation. Keeping an eye on the age will ensure that you don’t wait too long to do the repair or replacement.
2. Is your Roof Damaged?
Ideally, you expect your roof to last for decades without requiring repairs. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, especially if you live in an area with frequent storms and high winds or where trees are present near your home. The best way to determine whether or not the damage is extensive enough to warrant a replacement is by calling at least three reputable roofing companies for estimates. You want a contractor who will thoroughly inspect your home’s roof from top to bottom, inside and out.
3. What is your roof made of?
While asphalt shingles are still considered one of the best products on the market today, there’s no question that they’re not without their faults. Asphalt shingles are susceptible to growth of mold and mildew, as well as hail damage if you live in an area with frequent storms. To make matters worse, asphalt can actually help the propagation of mold which means that while your roof may look okay on the outside, there could be a significant problem hiding underneath. This is why it is important to have a regular roof inspection.
Metal roofs are a great alternative with a longer lifespan.
4. Does your roof show signs of water damage?
If your roof has water damage, replacing it sooner rather than later is the best course of action to keep additional damage from occurring. You will also avoid losing money on roof repairs since they’re usually more expensive than replacement. If you’re not sure whether or not your roof has storm damage, call us to look for signs of water damage.
5. Any ice damming signs?
Ice damming is a serious problem and can lead to severe damage, including leaks, mold and potentially structural issues for your home. Water that builds up behind ice dams can become heavy enough to cause the roof to collapse or even destroy entire walls of your house.
Want Professional Roofing Services?
If you think you require a replacement or repair, it is wise to give the roofing experts from Gilday construction a call at 931-616-9414. We have experience working with metal roofs, siding, windows and standing seam metal roofs. Schedule an appointment online to discuss your upcoming roofing project with our experts today.