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Every once in a while, it is good to inspect your roof for any issues. If it shows signs of extensive damage, you will have no choice but to replace your roof. But how do you know that your existing roof isn’t in good shape? Here are a few signs:
- Missing or damaged shingles
If your asphalt shingle roof is suddenly missing some shingles, this is a clear sign that you have a problem. This is especially concerning if it’s concentrated around the valleys, as this could result in leaks. You should also check whether the remaining shingles are intact or loose.
Another sign that your shingles are failing is that they are curling, buckling, and losing granules. When shingles are losing granules, they will have an inconsistent color; some parts are darker than others. Also, you will find a build-up of granules in your gutter. This means that your shingles are defective or are at the end of their life cycle.
- Spongy roof
If your roof is spongy, this is a clear pointer to extensive water damage. This means that water has penetrated your roof covering and compromised your roof deck. To check for further damage, check your insulation for moisture or see if any light comes into your attic through your roof boards.
- Your roof is very old
The most obvious reason to replace your roof is if it’s really old. And the best way to figure this out is by looking through your home improvement records. So if you find out that your house was last re-roofed 25 years ago, you’re really in trouble, especially considering that asphalt roofs last 20 to 25 years.
- Saggy roof
Immediately you notice that your roof is saggy, you should be worried. This is a clear indication of structural damage and may lead to moisture trapping and rot.
Depending on the extent of your roof’s damage and whether it’s been replaced before, we have two ways that we can help; re-roofing or a complete roof replacement.What does re-roofing mean?
Unlike in a full roof replacement, we don’t remove the old shingles when we are re-roofing. Our trusted roof professionals simply add a layer of asphalt shingles on top of your older one.
As such, it works best for a roof with only one layer of shingles. In fact, Florida building codes don’t allow you to re-roof an existing roof for a second time. Before you opt for this kind of roofing project though, you should know that it isn’t advisable to re-roof a portion of your roof. It is best to do it all.
Is re-roofing a good idea?
There are several things to consider when you are trying to figure out whether reroofing is a good idea for you. Here are a few:
- It is cheap
Let’s be honest, the major reason to opt for re-roofing is that it is significantly cheaper than a full roof replacement. This is because it doesn’t require a lot of time, labor, or roofing material, something that is attributed to the fact that you don’t need to remove the old shingles.
- It can make it difficult to spot roof deck issues
Since a re-roofing doesn’t involve tearing away the old shingles, your roofer really can’t see any roof deck damage. However, unlike many roofers, our trusted professionals perform an inspection to find any spongy spots and repair them before re-roofing.
- It can alter the appearance of your roof
While we do our best to do an aesthetically pleasing re-roof, this can be tricky if your roof features a lot of humps, gaps, dips, and curled shingles. As such, we always find it best to use laminated shingles since they are thicker than the ordinary ones and hide such defects.
- An extra layer of shingles is heavy
Many roof structures are only designed to withstand a layer of shingles, and maybe a bit of snow. As such, additional shingles can be too much for them to handle, making the roof deck sag between rafters.
- It is a temporary solution
While re-roofing does alleviate some of your issues, it is only a temporary solution. Eventually, you will still need to get a full roof replacement. However, if your roof damage isn’t that extensive and you just need a little more time, this is the best option for you!