Warning Signs Your Roof Needs Replacing

Warning Signs Your Roof Needs Replacing

What are the Warning Signs Your Roof Needs Replacing?

The roof is one of the most critical elements of any home, but few people ever pay much attention to it until damage occurs. While it may be out of sight most of the time, it should never be out of mind. Ignoring the roof can allow minor issues to progress to major problems.

Roof Damage to Investigate

The following are common types of roof damage that homeowners should watch for and promptly address. Often, your roof will display multiple problems that can include:

  • Missing shingles
  • Water stains on interior ceilings or walls
  • Granules or sand in the gutters or on the driveway
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Thermal cracking in the surface
  • Shingles that curl, crack, or blister
  • Sagging or deflection
  • Missing or damaged flashing
  • Visible light coming into the attic
  • Visible dry rot
  • Moss growth
  • Increased energy bills

Whether you have a new roof or an old roof, these are warning signs you don’t want to ignore. While most Sacramento roofs are built to last up to 20-30 years, if the last roof was placed over an existing layer of shingles, you can expect it to last for 20 years or less. As the roof ages, it will lose its ability to protect your home from the elements. But age is just a guideline; poor construction or workmanship techniques, the use of substandard materials, lack of proper attic ventilation or weather damage can cause these problems to appear on roofs that are just a few years old. Thus, it is wise not to ignore these signs because delaying a roof replacement could jeopardize the home’s value, structural integrity and your family’s health and safety.

We encourage you to contact Harlan Roofing at 918-292-9548 for a free no-obligation estimate and to learn more about the flexible financing options our roofing company in Sacramento offers. It’s our pleasure to help keep a sturdy, dry, and durable roof over your head.

 

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Roof Repair or Replace – Things to Consider

Roof Repair or Replace – Things to Consider

Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Deciding whether to repair or replace a damaged roof is a question many homeowners grapple with as their roof starts to show its age. For many, it is a often a question that comes down to the roof’s age, how severe the damage is, the cost to repair, whether the home will be going on the market in the near future and the desired finished result. Another consideration is if your roof already has more than one layer of shingles existing.

When to Repair a Damaged Roof

When it is a newer roof, and just a few missing shingles or a small section of the roof is damaged, roof repair can be the best option. For example, if there is a dry-rot caused by a leak and limited to a small area, roof repair is a cost-effective solution that will correct the problem and usually not negatively impact the roof’s overall appearance. Although matching the color is not always an option due to material availability.

When to Replace a Damaged Roof

Roofs are susceptible to time, sun and weather. When a roof ages it suffers UV damage and degranulation and component failure. When it has suffered extensive damage, then replacement is usually the best choice. This might include roofs where multiple leaks have spread over a wide area, fallen trees have damaged a portion of your roof or dry-rot has spread significantly. At times it may not be possible to tie-in a repair to an existing roof if it’s deteriorated too far. It’s also important to consider how much the repair may cost with respect to the remaining useable life of the roof.

Another consideration is that the more extensive the area that needs repairing, the less likely it is that the new shingles or tiles will blend in with the existing roof. This can negatively impact the home’s aesthetics and reduce its value, resale, or become unsightly, which is why many homeowners opt for a full replacement when the repair costs or scope become extensive.

Consider the Costs Carefully

Naturally, roof repairs in Sacramento typically cost less in the short term than a roof replacement. However, the long-term cost can include a potential reduction in property value, difficulty selling the home, sleepless nights in the winter and the need for additional repairs or full replacement in the future. Thus, it’s essential to consult with a professional roofing contractor to determine which is the most cost-effective solution for your property.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!

916.292.9548