It's not always easy for the average homeowner to know when exactly it's time for roof replacement. There are many factors to consider, and you don't want to act too soon or too late since that could either waste a perfectly good roof or risk damaging your building due to a too-long delay.
But to whom can you turn for sound, truly helpful and honest advice when trying to decide if or when to re-roof your home? Here are some of the best ways to get the information you need.
Talk To A Local Roofing Contractor
No one knows more about how long you can expect roofing to last than those who install it and repair it day in and day out.
Take a walk around your home and make some notes on any potential problems you see. Snap a few pictures too. You can call up a local, reputable roofing contractor with this information and send them some pics of your roof too. This is a good way to get an initial reaction to what your roof looks like. You may want to later schedule a detailed roof inspection as the next logical step.
Consult The Roofing Material Manufacturer
Find out exactly which type and brand of roofing material is on your rooftop. Do some online research to find out how long it is expected to last. Each material is different. Most asphalt shingles last around 20 to 25 years, with dimensional (architectural) shingles lasting a bit longer than three-tab shingles.
You should be able to locate the manufacturer's website to dig up further information. From there you can do an online chat, send an email, or make a phone call to ask the manufacturer any questions that are still left unanswered.
Take careful note of the warranty limits because that is a good rule of thumb as to how long the material should last. But this can vary based on region and level of care over the years as well.
Pick The Brains Of Friends & Neighbors!
Do you know anyone else who owns a home and/or has had to have his or her roofing replaced in the past? That represents another good source of advice, not to be neglected.
Find out what type of condition your friend or neighbor's roofing was in before it was finally time to replace it. Ask how long he or she had the same shingles before re-roofing. Also, see if they can recommend any local roofing companies or if they have any advice as to when to schedule the job or how much to expect to pay.
Ask Your Homeowner's Insurance Company
Another good source of information is your home insurance provider. If you will want them to cover the potential roof replacement cost, or at least a part of it, it is all the more important to talk to them early and get their opinion.
Storm damage to your roof may or may not require new roofing to be installed. There is no sense in paying for a new roof if a simple repair will do. But when large portions of your roof are damaged or if hail has weakened some shingles, the decision might not be all that obvious.
For timely and helpful advice on when it may be time for roof replacement versus a roof repair, contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!