Hiring a roofing contractor to replace the roof on your home can be a stressful and daunting task. Your roof is one of the most significant investments to the exterior of your home, protecting your family and belongings from the elements. In the state of Maryland, one of the biggest things to consider before hiring any roofer is whether they are licensed. You’ll want to check to make sure they have general liability and workers comp insurance as this protects you if there is ever an injury on your property. You’ll want to ask them about their experience with your type of roof pitch and material to be installed. With the power of the internet, you should not only ask them for references but Google their brand to see what type of reputation and reviews they have online. Ask them how long it takes to complete the install, and how backed up their schedule is. Lastly, price should also be a major consideration. However, like with anything, you get what you pay for. A quality contractor should come in somewhere in the middle, as this reflects that they aren’t cutting corners being the cheapest, while also not price gouging with the highest price. A contractor that offers pricing that seems too good to be true … it very likely is.
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Your home is one of your most valuable assets. Your roof protects your family, belongings, and your home from inclement weather. Without a properly functioning roof, your home is vulnerable to elements: rain, hail, snow, wind, tornadoes. Every day your roof works to protect your home from these elements, including providing shade during the summer months!
Over time, this prolonged exposure to Mother Nature can take its toll on your roof causing it to wear down. While violent storms can cause immediate damage to your roofing system, natural wear and tear to your roof is a part of home-ownership. It is important to maintain your roof as small repairs are necessary, as your roof is only as strong as its weakest link, or shingle. A single gap can cause your roof to leak, and what starts as a small leak, can quickly exacerbate into a significant repair or require replacement if not quickly taken care of.
Reasons You May Need a New Roof
Storm Damage From Hail or Wind
Modern roofs are designed to hold up to the elements. However, even the strongest metal or asphalt shingle roofs can begin to fail when faced with 2 inch hail, or 80MPH wind gusts! These types of “acts of god” can damage your home’s entire exterior: your windows, gutters, siding, doors, and roof. Depending on the size of the hail, it can penetrate your roof decking as well, causing catastrophic roof failure.
Storm damage to your roof can result in broken, missing, curling, lifted or bruised shingles. Wind damage can be difficult to detect to the untrained eye, but can drastically impact your home’s roofing system. Hail can negatively impact a roof even more so than wind. Depending on the size and texture of a hail stone, when it strikes into your roof, it can dislodge the granules on your asphalt shingle exposing the fiberglass. When the shingle is directly exposed to the sun’s UV rays and future wind/rain, it breaks down the shingle, and allows for leaks to develop.
For this reason, it is highly recommended to have a professional roof inspection conducted after a significant storm. In many cases, your homeowner’s insurance can cover all repair & replacement costs to your roof & home’s exterior as it is classified as an “Act of God”. However, most carriers have a time statute of how long after your home is impacted that you can file.
Not all hail and wind damage leads to immediate leaks. It can take several weeks, months or even years to fully develop. Not all storm damage is easily visible from the ground, or to an untrained eye either. It can take a storm damage professional to know what to look for. The longer a storm damage roof is left to wear down and worsen, the more costly repairs can become (or even requiring full replacement).
An Aging Roof
Outside of storm damage, an aging roof is the most common reason that most homeowners need to have their roof replaced. Most shingle roofs have a useful life-cycle of 15 to 25 years. Over the years, your roof is exposed to 100’s of storms, slowly wearing your roof down. As your roof ages, you may notice leaks starting to develop, and water-spots appearing on your ceiling. Your roof’s flashing and shingles may be slowly deteriorating.
Whether you have the original roof on your 20-year old home and know it’s time to have it replaced, or recently bought a home with an older roof, we can help you with a free roof examination to assess the condition it is in.
Improperly Installed Roof
Not all contractors and roofers are equally skilled when it comes to their craftsmanship. Unfortunately, this can result in improperly installed roofs for homeowners that hire roofers who cut corners. An improperly installed shingle or metal roof can result in roof failure in the matter of only a few short years! This can stem from shoddy materials, or poor workmanship. However, this can translate into a roof leaking in 5-years instead of 20 years. If a roof is entirely installed incorrectly, roof repairs may not be an option. In that case, a full replacement may be required in order to tear off the old roof, and re-roof with better materials and a roof that is installed to proper manufacturer code and specifications.
Increasing Appraisal Value of Home Before Selling
Are you selling your home? Are you looking to increase the appraisal value or curb appeal of your home before selling? Or, perhaps you recently purchased a new home, and replacement of the roof was contingent on the sale. We can help you replace your older roof, before or after a real estate transaction.
A new roof can significantly increase the market value of your home, just as a broken or worn down roof can detract from your home’s value.
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Below we’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions
The answer to this is, “it depends”. There are many variables, and everyone’s situation is different. Not every roof needs to be replaced, but not every roof is a candidate for roof repairs. One of the most important factors is the age of your roof. The older your roof is, the more brittle it becomes, which means that repairing your roof may not be possible. Beyond just your roof’s age, you should also consider if your roof has missing shingles, if there are granules in your gutters, the condition of your flashing, if your roof is currently leaking and whether or not algae is blooming on your roof.
The only way to confidently answer this question is with a thorough storm damage roof inspection. Most modern roofs are designed to withstand the elements. However, even the strongest of roofs can begin to fail when exposed to prolonged hail, wind and snow storms. In many instances, your homeowner’s insurance can cover storm damage to your roof and exterior. To determine whether you have storm damage, a roofing contractor should examine your roof for broken and missing shingles, potential leak spots, and any hail indents or bruised shingles.
This is an extremely frequently asked question. There are many factors to consider when choosing between a shingle or metal roof. The most obvious is budget and cost. A shingle roof is one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States because of its cost. A shingle roof tends to be the short-term cost effective option, however a metal roof can be a more cost-effective long-term option. You may need to have a shingle roof replaced 2 or 3 times during the lifespan of a metal roof. Metal offers not only better durability, but longevity as well compared to asphalt shingles. There are also other considerations, such as does your HOA allow for metal, or strictly shingles.
This answer also depends on several variables, including the slope and size of your roof, as well as the type of material being installed. In most cases, an asphalt shingle roof can be replaced in as little as one day!
The lifecycle of a roof depends on the type of roof that you are installing, as well as additional factors like the quality of materials being used, and the craftsmanship of the contractor. Even the highest grade roofs can fail quickly if the contractor does not install the roof to manufacturer specifications. On average, a shingle roof will last about 15 to 25 years. A metal roof can last about 30 to 50 years. A tile roof can last from 50 to over 100 years. A cedar shake will generally last about 20-35 years. A slate roof tends to last the longest of any roofing material, from 50-100+ years!