When you buy a home, redoing the roof is often the last thing on your mind. Still, as the years go by, it will deteriorate little by little. Eventually, due to the roof’s age or another issue, you will have to look into home reroofing. You’ll have many questions, but here are some of the most frequently asked questions.
How Do I Know When There’s A Problem?
Any water leaking into your home is cause for concern, and you should fix it as soon as possible. If you can see missing or incorrect shingles on your roof or if you have improper flashing, there’s a problem. These issues will leave you vulnerable to leaks and bug or animal infestation.
To prevent small issues from escalating, have your roof inspected twice a year. The inspector should catch all of the imperfections in your roof so you can fix them before they cause problems.
What Is The Cost Of Reroofing?
The cost of reroofing varies. It depends on the price of the material you choose and the cost of labor for the project. Roofing materials, like metal, are more expensive to produce and to install. Talk to your contractor to find the best material for your price range and needs.
If the quote you receive seems too good to be true, it is. In the case of home reroofing, cheaper is not better. These contractors can be uninsured, not get the correct permits, and do subpar work leaving your roof at risk.
Your roof keeps you and your possessions safe even in the roughest South Florida weather. The contractor should install the roof correctly, and you should take maintenance seriously.
What If There’s A Leak?
You might not have to replace your entire roof. If you locate the leak on one or two separate areas of your roof, it’s likely due to improper flashing or shingles. In this case, you should only have to replace the faulty shingles and flashing to fix the leak.
On the other hand, if most of your roof is faulty or deteriorated, you will most likely have to replace your entire roof. An entire home reroofing could be necessary for a few reasons. Your roof may be old and outlived its life expectancy, the previous contractor could have used low-quality materials, or the previous contractor could have installed it improperly.
Can I Do The Reroofing Myself?
The short answer is a resounding, no. It would be best if you were not reroofing your home on your own. Roofers specialize in proper technique and safety measures. Climbing on your roof is dangerous without the added work of tearing off and replacing the roofing system.
It will be more expensive to do the work yourself and have a professional come and fix it than it would to have experienced roofers do the project from beginning to end. Your roof is not the area of your home where you want to experiment. Please leave it to the professionals. Not only can it have more negative financial implications in the long run if something goes wrong, but you also risk voiding any insurance coverage claims if the work isn’t performed by a licensed professional.
What Options Do I Have?
Your first option is to replace your roof entirely. The roofers would tear off any existing material and start from scratch. At the end of the project, you will have a completely new roofing system.
You can also re-cover your roof if that is an option for your specific situation. If you’ve re-covered your roof before, building code could prevent you from doing so again. Consult your contractor to find out if re-covering your roof is the best option for you.
In addition to that, you have to choose your type of roofing. This includes clay tiles, metal roofing, asphalt shingles, and more. You’ll also be able to choose a new roof color, which can give your house a completely new look.
How Long Will My New Roof Last?
The average life expectancy is 20 years, but some materials can last longer. The only way to make sure your roof lasts those 20 years is to maintain it regularly. Get regular roof inspections. Fix the small problems before they turn into bigger ones. Check your attic after a big rainstorm and check for leaks.
Due to the inclement weather conditions often associated with South Florida’s climate, your roof might not last its full life expectancy. The humidity and hurricanes will introduce a lot of moisture over time. Maintenance is the only way to make sure your roof lasts as long as possible.
What Should Be My Next Step?
Contact a professional roof installer and get a quote. You need a team that knows what’s best for you and your home. If you’re in the Coral Springs area, call ABC Roofing Corp. at (954) 344-4622 to get the help and guidance you need for your home reroofing job.