Do i need a new roof?
General Warning Signs That a Roof Might Be Past Its Useful Life Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list. Roofing services in Mississauga, Oakville, Milton and Clarkson Port Credt, Etobicoke.
Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced: Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped Bald spots where granules are missing Cracked shingles Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life The roof just looks old and worn Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off. Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
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Choosing a contractor.
Whether you are repairing or replacing a roof due to natural causes (such as windstorms) or just degradation from exposure over time. It’s important to consider the following points when deciding between roofing contractors. Obtain at least two quotes through local referrals. Local referrals are familiar with local rules, codes and regulations within the designated area. This will give you a chance to evaluate and compare their features, products, installation practices, pricing, warranty of roofing products and the after install written warranty by the roofer. How long has the company been in business? An established roofing companies will be there to communicate when any questions arise. As well, they will be able to keep you informed of the project updates, every step of the way. Does the roofing company have a stable office, support personnel, warehouse and where is the location? A permanent business address is a sign of stability within the company. This may become important for contacting them again should warranty repair service be required at a later date. Make sure the roofing company is licensed and insured. Ensure the roofing contractor has insurance coverage, as without insurance you could be vulnerable to a variety of risks such as damage to your property or personal injury. Does the contractor use subcontractors? Subcontractors are often paid on a per job basis: therefore, the jobs are done as quickly as possible which could result in quality control issues. Review the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau. Best to pick a roofing contractor who is listed on the BBB.org site with a high rating. Our Roofing Program members are required to pass the BBB check to ensure they maintain their elite status as one of the industries finest roofers. Get an extended installation warranty. The roofing materials manufacturer will usually include product warranty, but does not cover installation warranty. The installation warranty protects the homeowner from any installation deficiencies. It’s important for the business to be well established, so the company is reliable and will honor it whenever there is a problem. Handle your own insurance claim. In most provinces, it’s illegal for contractors to act on behalf of the homeowner when negotiating insurance claims. Does the company supply a written contract and estimate (and do they require a deposit)? Job specifications and prices should be put in a written quote. Review contract thoroughly with the contractor to clarify any questions or concerns. Ask for references of previous customers. A roofing contractor who is reputable will gladly provide you feedback from previous local residential properties. For an unbiased opinion, you can do your own research by searching online articles or reviews posted through online articles and forums. Check with a primary roof manufacturer who they associate with and their local distributor for references. Minimally they should be recognized as a repeat user of a brand & in good standing. Some roofing manufacturers have a listing of ranked recognized roofers on their web sites.
Eventually, all roofs wear out and need to be replaced. You don’t want to do it too soon, because you’ll waste money. But you also don’t want to wait too long, because then you’ll end up with leaks and expensive water damage. To get the timing right, you need to know how to assess the overall condition of your roof and identify early signs of roof failure.
The national average for a new asphalt shingle roof is about $21,500, according to Remodeling’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report, of which you’ll recoup $12,800 at resale (59.5%). For high-end materials, such as standing-seam metal, the cost jumps to as much as $38,000.
If most of your roof is still in good shape, a spot repair makes sense. But if there are signs the roof is wearing out, or if it is more than 20 years old, replacing it may be the smarter choice.
Be Alert to Early Signs of a Roof Leak
If you check the condition of your roof at least once a year, you should be able to plan in advance for necessary repairs. Early signs of trouble include dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs, damp spots alongside fireplaces, and water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.
From the outside, you can assess your roof’s health by viewing it through binoculars. Warning signs include cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; and worn areas around chimneys, pipes, and skylights. If you find piles of grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a bad sign, since the granules shield the roof from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal roofing that’s decayed underneath.
If you’re inspecting on your own and find worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there has been a storm with heavy wind or hail, get a professional assessment. Some roofing companies do this free; specialized roof inspectors, like those who work through the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association, charge about $175.
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When Repairs Make Sense
You can usually repair a leak in a roof that is otherwise sound. The cost might range from $100 if you just need to squirt some roofing mastic into a gap alongside chimney flashing to $1,000 to fix a leak in a roof valley. If something sudden and unforeseen, such as a wind storm, causes a leak to appear, your homeowner’s insurance will probably cover the repairs. But you’re still responsible for limiting the damage, so put out buckets and try to get a local roofer to spread a tarp while you arrange for repairs. Insurance may not cover problems that stem from a worn-out roof or lack of maintenance.
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