Shingled roofs are among the most popular and are found on many houses today. They are usually among the lowest in cost and need to be replaced approximately every ten years. Some, however, may last 20 or even 30 years. During this time, there may be a number of reasons why the roof needs to be replaced.
Roof replacement is one of the most costly home maintenance expenses. There are many different ways in which a roof can be damaged. Storms can complete destroy a roof while snow and ice can cause considerable damage. Failure to clean the gutters can result in leaves and other debris damaging the roof as well. Wind can also cause damage in areas where loose vents, singles or parts of the ridge are torn away roofing shingles.
This results in exposure of various parts of the roof which can cause leaks. While a leak itself is not an indicator of the total replacement of the roof, but once moisture gets into the house the damage can escalate quickly. Mold, some of which is toxic but none of which is good, can root itself in various parts of the home causing a wide variety of problems to occur. The real trouble begins when water finds its way down the walls and into the floors. The idea is to stop this before it ever occurs.
Upon receiving damage to your roof, you will want to have it assessed immediately. A leaky roof may not present a problem at first, but leaving it unattended will in the long run. In fact, it doesn’t take too many years for major problems to occur and the earlier they are dealt with the better.
You insurance policy will probably cover a wide variety of natural and other disasters that could damage or destroy a roof, but you definitely want to be aware of this before ever finding a roofing contractor.
When you begin looking for a roofing contractor, make sure you choose one with several years of experience. No matter what type of shingles you have eon your roof, you want to know the company you choose will do a good job of installing your new home roof. Also be sure to choose someone who is able to install the particular type of roof you choose. This is important because various types of roofs are installed differently.
A new roof is an inevitability. You know it will have to happen, its just a matter of when. While you can probably never be completely prepared for the experience, the more you know ahead of time the better off you’ll be and the more money you will save.