5 Signs it is Time for a Roof Replacement

5 Signs it is Time for a Roof Replacement

Your roof is the primary protection for you and the contents of your home. That said, it pays to be proactive when it comes to roofing replacement decisions. A water spot on your ceiling or a leak are noticeable signs, but there are a few other signs that are not so obvious but should not be overlooked.

Missing, Damaged, or Curled Shingles

If you are missing shingles, or have damaged shingles, your roof may have sustained some storm damage, or it simply may be deteriorating and at the end of its useful life. This deterioration can let in water and should not be ignored.

Curled shingles have up-turned edges, making the shingle have a concave shape. Curled shingles can be a sign of indicate poor attic ventilation, improper installation, old age, or multiple layered roofs where the new layer is over an old one that is further decaying, causing the shingle to be less secure. Regardless of the cause, it is a good idea to have it professionally evaluated and corrected.

Shingle Fragments in Your Gutter

Finding the remains of your shingles in your gutter is a sign that they are decomposing. Whether it is fragments of shingle or just the granules, it is worth investigating further, especially if you roof is over 10 years old. If your roof is newer, it is possible that this is just some excess material. Heavy wind and severe storms can also loosen some of these granules. However, as your roof ages, there is some natural decomposition in the materials and an excess of these granules in your gutter could be a warning sign.

Roof Cracks

Wind damage is the most common culprit when it comes to cracked shingles. A few random cracks can generally be addressed as roof repairs. However, if you notice cracks over much of your roof, this could be an indication that a replacement is soon to be required.

Damaged Flashing

The flashing is a particularly important part of your roof. It works with your underlayment to keep water from getting underneath the shingles and into your home. If you notice missing or damaged flashing around your chimney, vents, or skylights, this may be allowing water to seep into your attic and accumulate over time. Perhaps there are no visible water stains today but ignoring this condition will surely lead to more substantial damage.

Roof Age

Sadly, your roof will not last forever. Your roof takes the worst beating of any part of your home during storms and in the heat of the summer. While an older roof may not have any visual signs of deterioration, it is a good practice to have an experienced roofer give it a checkup as it ages.

Depending on the quality of roofing materials used and its exposure to the elements, your roof may last for many years. When you consider the damage and cost of waiting too long, you will agree that a roof inspection is a great idea. Not only does it provide peace of mind for today, but it allows planning for the future.

Contact a roofer that has a reputation for quality workmanship and honest appraisals. If you are in the greater Sacramento area, contact Harlan Quality Roofing. Join our community of happy customers!

 

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What Can I Expect During Roof Replacement

What Can I Expect During Roof Replacement

A roof replacement project is a significant event. Just imagining your home with no roof can be stressful. So, how does this unfold without being terribly disruptive and uncomfortable?

Good Planning

All projects benefit from good planning. An inspection of the roof and supporting areas of the home are a vital part of that plan. Our seasoned roofing specialists know all the elements of a successful roof replacement project and will communicate the process to you. We want to answer any of your questions, let you know the general flow of events, and with good communication, make the process as seamless as possible.

Prep & Protection

To provide protection of your property, the exterior of the home is cleared of breakables and landscape covered if necessary. Prior to starting the project, a checklist is provided to protect against any potential damage along with the upcoming progress payment schedule. Scheduling of the roof tear off and material deliveries are confirmed. Permits are pulled and everything is lined up so that your project runs as smooth as possible.

Removing the Old Roof

The first step to a full replacement is the removal of the old roof. We will begin with the removal of the old roofing material and conduct a thorough inspection of the wood decking. Damaged wood is replaced to prepare a solid structure for the new roof.

Installation of New Roofing Materials

The new roofing materials that you have chosen are installed including underlayment, drip edges, diverters, flashing, ventilation, starters, etc. The installation process typically takes 2-3 days depending on the size of the project, materials and whether new sheathing, gutters, etc. are included in the scope of the work.

Disposal of Construction Debris

We provide for full removal and disposal of all roofing debris and material. We utilize trailers and mobile equipment so that no dumpster is left in your driveway.

Completion

We provide proper permits for every project, warranty paperwork and handle the scheduling of all inspections unless the homeowner uses another contractor to do so.

We want your new roof to be an exciting renovation for your home and as painless as possible. Our quality workmanship, careful planning, and good communications will keep the project on track and the disruption minimal.  We hope you will allow us the opportunity to assist on your next roof project!

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

How to Know When it is Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof

How to Know When it is Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof

Roof replacement is a major expense and one best done with a bit of planning. Whether you are inside warm and cozy on a winter day or chillin’ in the air conditioning on a toasty summer evening, we rarely think about the roof over our head.

There are times when a roof replacement is obvious (leaking badly) and other times when it is nearing end-of-life but with stealth. Here are a few signs to look for and a strong encouragement not to make that call on your own, but rather have a roof inspection done by an honest roofing company.

The Age of the Roof

If your roof is over 20 years old, it is time to give it a regular checkup. As the roof ages it weakens due to wind, rain, sun, and debris which cause the material to degrade. Do a little background check to find out when your roof last saw a professional. If you cannot determine this and your home is over 20 years old, give us a call. It may be time to start that planning process.

Shingle Damage

If you can see visible damage in your shingles, don’t procrastinate. This can be the first signs that your roof needs some quick attention. You may see cracked, chipped, or curled shingles. The curling can often be a sign of water damage; water damage to your roof that has not made it to the inside of your house…yet. Once shingles start to curl, they need to be individually replaced at a minimum, or possibly an entire roof replacement is imminent.

Cracked shingles may be the result of storm damage. High winds and pounding rain can take a toll on a less than new roof. In many cases, this can just be a few shingles that need replacing, but if the problem is extensive and your roof is getting on in age, a replacement might be more cost effective in the long run.

Shingle Granules in Your Gutters

The granules in your shingles are part of its composition which help to block the roof’s surface from sun damage. If you find these granules are falling off and collecting in your gutters, this can signal a major problem in the making. If your roof is new, it may just be excess that has fallen off during installation. If your roof is older, it may mean the surface is deteriorating and it is time to plan for that new roof.

The Leaky Roof

If your roof is leaking, it is time to take action. A leaking roof can affect the ceilings, walls, floors, and everything in between. The worst part about a leaky roof is the mold and mildew that can grow in the moist areas, leading to health and safety issues in your home. If your roof is already leaking, give Harlan Quality Roofing a call for a free inspection and honest advice.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

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.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

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