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Homeownership 101 | Your Roof

by Leslie Turner

Your roof is your home's first defense against the elements, so it's important to keep it in good condition. However, no roof lasts forever, and as a homeowner, you need to know when it's time to act. Here's what you need to know about aging roofing and your options.

What Are Signs You Need New Roofing? 

There are several signs that indicate the need for new roofing, including:

  • Age. Asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last 15 to 30 years, depending on conditions. If your roof is at the high end of that range, it may be time for a replacement.
  • Missing or cracked shingles. If you are missing shingles, it's time to talk to a roofing contractor. Shingles should not detach from your roof. Building code says they need to be able to stay put, even in strong winds.
  • Curling or buckling shingles. As your roof ages, the shingles may start to curl or buckle. This is a sign that they no longer protect your home from the elements.
  • Soft roof decking. If you have a chance to walk on your roof and the surface feels soft or bouncy, it is a sign that your roofing is failing and the plywood underlayment is rotting.

If your roof is showing any of these signs, it's time to call a professional roofing contractor for a closer inspection.

What Are Your Options as Your Roof Ages? 

If you do need a new roof, you have three main options: repair, overlay, and tear-off.

  • Repair. Repair is the least expensive option, but it's only recommended for very minor damage. It is not a permanent solution. In other words, you can repair the damage temporarily but use the time it buys you to budget for a new roof.
  • Overlay. If your shingles are still solidly attached to your home, you may be able to just do an overlay with new shingles. This method involves laying new shingles on top of your existing roof. It is important to know you can typically only overlay roofing once. In other words, if the last homeowner did an overlay, you will be forced to do a complete tear-off.
  • Complete tear-off. This method is more expensive and time-consuming than an overlay. The roofing contractors have to remove the shingles, roofing felt, and every single nail or staple. If there are any damaged sections of wood underlayment, they will replace the wood before installing new shingles. This is the most expensive option, but it's also the longest-lasting.

While the option you choose is based largely on budget, you may not be in complete control of the decision. Many municipalities have rules regarding overlays. Talk with your roofing contractor to determine regulations in your area.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so it's important to keep it in good condition. If your roof is showing signs of wear and tear, don't hesitate to call a roofing contractor for an inspection.


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When there are things about your business building that are damaged, you can expect it to cause problems in the long run. From issues with getting top dollar for your property to dealing with incoming leaks and other issues, it pays to know how to make changes now that could improve your future. However, roofing issues can be hard to spot, which is why it really pays to do what you can to make steps towards fixing things. On this website, you can find excellent information about how roofing can be beneficial to your company, and what to look for when problems arise.