When severe winds send branches flying into your roof, a number of shingles may sustain damage. damage. When this happens, selective replacement of shingles is the solution. However, a partial or full roof replacement is often advisable if damage is more extensive, such as when a roof nears the end of its useful life, or when an improperly installed roof develops problems prematurely.
Full or Partial Roof Replacement?
When only a part of the roof is causing problems, it is tempting to opt for a partial roof replacement. In some cases this is the best course of action. However, full roof replacements often cost less in the long run. Even a partial roof replacement requires that a crew bring a full complement of ladders, scaffolding and other equipment to the site.
Not surprisingly, on a square foot basis, a complete roof replacement will usually cost significantly less than a partial one. Work with BRAXRoofing, and you'll benefit from the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that a GAF Roof System Warranty help to protect your investment.
There is another issue with partial roof replacements. If the existing roof consists of multiple layers of shingles, those shingles require removal before even partial re-roofing can proceed. However, partial roof replacements may result in one part of the roof being several inches higher than another.
Is a Tear-off Advisable?
Homeowners also face another decision before a roof replacement - whether to put new shingles over the old ones or to tear off the existing roofing. By code, a tear-off is automatically required if there are already two layers of shingles on the roof. However, even when there is only a single layer of shingles present, a tear-off results in a clean roof deck, and this is advantageous in two important ways:
1) Thorough inspection - However, a tear-off is often advisable even when there is a single layer of shingles on your roof, because it allows for a full inspection of the sub-roof. It is possible to look for evidence of possible wood rot within the roof deck itself, and to examine the fasteners holding the sheathing in place.
2) Ice and water shield - A full roof replacement following a tear-off offers anther key advantage, especially in areas prone to winter storms and ice build-up. When a contractor starts with a clean roof deck, it is possible to add a special waterproof ice-and-water shield along the eave and rake edges, in valleys and around dormers, skylights, vent pipes and chimneys. Wind-driven rain and ice dams are two sources of roof leaks that may lead to the staining of interior ceilings and walls.
GAF StormGuard is an ice-and-water shield that will help prevent leaks from ice and water damming. It is a key component of GAF's Lifetime Roofing System, and it has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. The StormGuard film-surfaced membrane is reinforced with fiberglass to minimize buckling and wrinkling.
Therefore, a full roof replacement is often viewed as a proactive measure that can significantly reduce the potential for future damage. Expensive repairs in the future can quickly offset any short-term savings from employing only partial remedies. Repairs to an aging roof often represent a short-term, band-aid approach. By contrast, a full roof replacement can be thought of as preventative care for the health of your home.
Peace-of-mind Now, Easier Sale Later
An investment in a full roof replacement pays off in important ways. Enjoy peace-of-mind now and a potentially easier sale in the future. You possess an important selling point in the form of a full roof replacement and its corresponding warranty.
GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, and BRAX Roofing is certified as a GAF Master Certified Roofing Contractor. We'd welcome the opportunity to put our expertise to work for you.
It is easy to arrange for one of our knowledgeable professionals to visit your property and assess your roofing needs. We'll share information with you to help you make the best decision in your particular situation. Please contact us today to arrange for a complimentary, no-obligation estimate.