When you are in the market for a new roof, there are a lot of different things to consider. For example, you want to be sure to ask smart questions in order to make good decisions for your roof. The best way to know how long it will last is by asking 4 questions that will help you better understand the lifespan of your roof. These are questions other than pricing, which will help you understand and get the most out of your roof. By asking these four questions, you will go above and beyond just getting a new roof, but you will understand what it takes to get the best roof possible for your home.
There are many choices of materials that you can use for a new roof. Whether you decide to go with traditional asphalt shingles, slate tiles, metal, or cedar, each of these materials has its own advantages and disadvantages. In order to determine the best one, you should let your contractor guide you on what they think would work best for your home. That decision should not only be influenced by the look, but also how it will work with your home's design.
For example, cedar shingles and shakes are a great option for durability. They are weather resistant, which means they can stand up to the tough weather of the Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. area, which can get hurricanes, blizzards, and all the weather in between. They are also aesthetically pleasing and as they age, this material gets a great weathered look of a grayish tone.
A slate roof is also another potential option. With a long lifespan and little maintenance, this roof will work well and look beautiful for years to come. Because it's a hard material, it is very durable in harsh weather, and additionally it won't mold or mildew. This type of roof is a major investment, but one that will pay off in the long run.
Lastly shingles are the most popular option. Here, you have plenty of color options, along with good durability. Traditional asphalt shingles are also a very cost effective choice, and may work best within your budget. But you'll want to be sure that your roofer suggests the right shingles in order to get the highest possible durability for your roof.
Understanding the importance of proper installation is huge when getting a new roof. Now only do you want to be sure that you're using the right materials, but even the best materials will only be effective if they're installed properly.
Getting a GAF certified contractor is critical. Studies have shown that two-thirds of the problems homeowners experience with new roofs do not stem from the materials, but rather from the installation process. In working with a GAF certified contractor, you can rely on the fact that the work will be done properly. A 20 year warranty will ensure that if in the event something would go wrong, your roof would be covered.
3. How much does the weather impact my roof?
Weather is another important factor to consider when getting a new roof. In particular when you are living in an area high on hot and stormy days during the summer along with cold and snowy days during winter, you need to use the best possible materials for your budget.
Not only will you need your roof to handle moderate weather, but you'll also need it to be strong in the event of hurricanes and blizzards. A properly installed roof allows you to stop worrying about wind blowing off shingles, or cedar shingles or slate tiles falling off. Here as well, it's important to let a local roofing expert guide you and give you tips and tricks for how to keep your roof in good shape.
4. What are things I should monitor to make sure my roof is good?
When you get a new roof you should definitely ask what you can and should do to maintain it. This could entail doing an annual check to sure that nothing has been dislodged or falling off, or having a professional roofer come and take a look regularly . Roofs are built to be strong and durable, but it is still important to keep an eye out for signs of breaking down.
By checking your roof on a regular basis, you can be sure that if you do suspect an issue, you can get it fixed before it turns into an even bigger problem. You should also check your roof out after any major weather event; this way, if something has been damaged, you can get it fixed right away if needed.
Other areas to check are the flashing; be sure to look for any cracks, rust, or dents. Also, check and clean your gutters on a regular basis to make sure that leaves, dirt, debris, do not clog them and to see if any other items like shingles have dislodged themselves.
By keeping your gutters clean, you are also helping to keep your roof healthy. If you have a roof overhang, be sure to keep an eye out for peeling paint or any other signs of water damage. And if possible, you should check your attic to make sure that everything looks good from underneath the roof as well.
If you notice any kind of water damage or even if you see light coming through, you will know that your roof needs to be checked by a professional. Your roofer may also have other tips for you to look for, depending on the type of roof that you get and the location of your home.
These four questions enable you to better understand your roof, and extend its life. By knowing what your roof is made of, that it's been installed properly, what the weather could do, and what you can do to keep your roof in good shape, your roof may last you between 20 and 40 years, or even longer. For additional tips on how to expand your roof's lifespan, and to get starting in installing a new one, contact us.