Homeowners usually ask this question when there are visible damages to their roof like missing shingles, broken tiles, leaks, or signs of deterioration. But most of the time, the reasons that you need a new roof are often not considered.
· If your roof is more than 15 years old, there is a good chance that your roof has accumulated minor damages over time that may lead to a major one soon.
· Discoloration on your ceilings and walls is a good indicator of leaks in your roof and may be worse than what you’d expect.
When would be the best time to repair or replace a roof?
The best times to replace or repair your roof is in winter or spring. Weather conditions during these times make it easier for contractors and laborers to install your new roof.
How much does a roof replacement cost?
There is no set price for a roof replacement. The cost will depend on the size, complexity and material of your roof. The size of your roof is calculated by the number squares your roof has. The larger your roof is, the more expensive it will be.
Can I put my new roof on top of my old roof?
As a homeowner, it's understandable wanting to save money where you can, especially if your replacement isn't covered by your insurance company. Many people wonder if they can save money by having their new roof installed over their old one. We do not advise placing a new roof over your old roof. Adding an additional layer of shingles isn't advisable because it will increase the weight on your roof, putting added stress on the underlying support. It is in your home’s best interest to remove the old roof and replace it with your new roof.
Will a new roof lower my energy bills?
If your roof is old and underperforming, a roof replacement can help lower energy bills. It’s ideal that the attic remains close to the outside temperature, but overheating during the summer is a sign of inadequate ventilation. This can directly cause the HVAC to work in overdrive. A new roof can lower energy bills.
How long should my roof last?
Roof lifespan depends on multiple factors which are materials, shingle thickness, weather conditions and proper installation. Traditional asphalt shingle roofs typically last between 12 and 20 years, while slate, tile, and copper roofs may last upwards of 50. Thanks to their durability, metal roofs may enjoy life spans of 40 to 70 years.
Should I get a new roof before I sell my home?
If your roof is at the end of its lifespan (usually 20 years), you will likely have a much easier time selling if the roof is replaced. Home buyers may not be able to obtain a mortgage on a home with an expired roof. The expense of putting on a roof may also make them think twice. A new roof increases the value of your home wherein you can start with a higher asking price during negotiation.
Will my insurance cover a roof replacement?
Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover roof replacement if the damage is the result of an act of nature. You'll still have to pay your policy deductible. Some policies, especially those written in certain high-risk states, impose a higher deductible for damages that ensue from hurricanes or hailstorms.