A residential roof replacement is a major home improvement project that can take first-timers by surprise if they face it without much preparation. This job will typically involve a large part of your home and, if you’re not ready, can throw your daily schedules and activities out of whack.
Roofs can last for 20 years on average. But depending on the amount of maintenance and severe storms they go through, their life span can be trimmed to 10 years or less. To ensure the longevity of your roofing, you should consider the elements that they’ll mostly be exposed to. If you live in a hail-prone area, make sure to invest in roofing that can hold up against a severe hail storm.
Checking a contractor’s qualifications is essential before hiring them to carry out your project. This assures you that you’re not falling victim to a scam and that they are capable of performing the job according to industry standards.
Shingle cupping is one of the most common issues that your roofing system can face. It’s a normal wear pattern that shows up as your shingles age, it’s also one of the telltale signs that your roof is in need of repairs or even a replacement. You can often tell if your roof has shingle cupping if you see shingles developing a concave center, shingle edges that curl downwards and even granule loss from the shingle surface. With that in mind, shingle cupping is a major problem in every roof and thankfully, there are certain steps you can take to either avoid further damage to your system or prevent shingle cupping entirely.
One of the common problems homeowners will always face with their roofing system is algae. Though it won’t physically damage your roof, your home’s curb appeal and overall value will take a significant blow if algae isn’t dealt with. If that happens, the algae will be more difficult to remove and it’s less likely that a buyer will want to buy your home. Thankfully, GAF has the solution to your roof’s algae problem: StainGuard™ Plus shingles.
Gutters, like any other component of your home, have a life span. There will come a point when your gutters will deteriorate and need to be replaced.
Homeowners looking to get their old or damaged roof replaced, as well as new homeowners looking to build a new home, need to get roofing and gutter installation estimates from trusted roofing contractors. After all, estimates help homeowners know their budget and manage their expectations when it comes to the installation project.
Your roofing system endures plenty of wear and tear all year long. All the parts of the roofing system, such as seamless gutters, flashings and shingles, work together to give your home protection from extreme weather conditions. But there is a particular part of the roof that most homeowners overlook: the underlayment.