Why a new roof is often a necessary project
When it comes to roofing, most homeowners struggle with committing to the idea that they need to replace their roof. A new roof can be a costly and lengthy project, which is often why people delay, but ignoring the warning signs can be worse. Especially for us living in or around Tampa, FL, a new roof adds value, protection, and security year round. Imagine going through another big hurricane or rainy season with a weak or leaky roof…not a pleasant thought!
While most roofs can last upwards of 20 years when new and installed by a quality roofing contractor, many homeowners inherit an older roof or, during storms, receive roof damage, which compromises the longevity of their roof as a whole. So while it might not be a project you want to do, a new roof is likely a project you should complete. Your roof is one of the key pieces of your home that protects you, your family, and belongings from the elements.
When you should call for a roofing contractor
Unless you know your roof is just a few years old and hasn’t been through any big storms, calling a roofing contractor just for an inspection and evaluation is never a bad idea. After a roof inspection you’ll have a good idea if it’s time for a new roof or if that project is further out on the horizon. However, there are some obvious signs a new roof may be necessary, and if you notice any of these signs, it would be a good idea to call Stay Dry Roofing as soon as you can.
1. You can visibly see broken shingles
While it is common for shingles to break, especially on tile roofs, it is important to get them repaired or replaced. This is not a very expensive or lengthy process, and most roofing contractors can complete the project in just a day for minimal costs. But when you ignore these broken shingles, they can allow water to get through and also compromise the integrity of surrounding shingles. When this occurs, the repair cost and project scope can drastically increase.
2. Your roof is 20 years old or older
At 20 years, most shingle and tile roofs are at their lifespan. Metal roofs can often last many more years, but for these other roofs, it is simply time for a replacement. If you are one of the fortunate homeowners who know when their roof was last installed, you can easily just do the math and find out your roof’s age. However, most homeowners inherit an older roof with no knowledge of when the house was initially built or when the roof was installed or maintained. If this sounds like you, look below to number 3!
3. The neighbors are having new roofs installed
If you don’t know your roof’s age and have not had a contractor out to inspect your home, an easy way to know it might be time for a new roof is if your neighbors are getting one. Often, neighborhood homes are built at the same time or in succession. So if your next door neighbor is having their roof replaced, yours is likely at the same age and of the same quality.
4.There is vegetation growing on your roof
Having any kind of growth on your roof is a sure sign of age and compromise. When vegetation starts to grow, that means the roof is actively holding water which allows mold, weeds, and all other manner of plants to grow. While this might provide a “whimsical” appearance, it is very likely that the internal elements of your roof are soaked with water and compromised. This could lead to sagging roofs, leaks, and even collapse of parts of the roof.
What you gain after having a new roof installed
- A feeling of safety – After replacing your roof, you’ll feel protected for years to come from the elements.
- Enhanced property value – As soon as you put on a roof, your home will increase in value.
- Hurricane preparation – You’ll be ready for the next big storm and won’t have to concern yourself with leaks or loose shingles.
- Improved home appearance – A new roof simply looks better! There are many options for
Take the first steps with a roof inspection
If you have noticed any of the above signs of a compromised roof on your home or business, you owe it to yourself to at least get a professional roof inspection. This will let you know areas of weakness and how much time you may have left. Stay Dry Roofing has over 30 years of experience serving the Tampa, FL area in new roofs and roof repair. Our team is honest, reliable, and always treats your home with the respect as if it were our very own. And when it comes to roofs, we have options that provide warranties for up to 50 years! Get started today and beat the hurricane season so you can coast through with the security a new roof provides.