Most homeowners only need to replace a roof once or twice in their lifetime, so when a roof is nearing the end of its life, questions may arise about getting it replaced. Terms that describe the roof replacement process may seem a bit foreign, so here are some common questions and answers that will help equip you to move forward with confidence on ensuring your biggest investment is well protected.
1. What Is Flashing on a Roof?
Flashing is placed over your roof joints such as your chimney, skylights, and vents. It keeps water from infiltrating into any areas that would otherwise be vulnerable to damaging water intrusion. It’s made of galvanized steel or aluminum, and at times it may become loose or deteriorate, causing leaks in the vulnerable joints of your roof. Problems with flashing are easy to fix if you catch them early enough.
2. Why Are My Shingles Discolored?
Algae, fungus, and mold are common causes of discolored shingles. Humid and damp climates create the ideal conditions for unwanted mold or fungus to grow on your roof. The unsightly discoloration creates streaks in your shingles and needs to be addressed early on to prevent it from spreading.
3. Why Are My Shingles Curling?
Generally, the cause of this aesthetic issue is due to old age. Wood-shake shingles are especially known for this. The other causes can be wind damage or improper decking (the wood under your shingles). This “curling” can usually be seen in places over the roof from the ground, so after a major storm it is always a good idea to just walk the perimeter of your home looking for missing, curling, or hanging shingles.
4. If I See Curling, Missing, or Hanging Shingles, Do I Need to Repair or Replace My Whole Roof?
Most repairs to correct these problems can be done without a full roof replacement. When we walk your roof to inspect the problem areas, we will also evaluate the rest of the roof. If you do need a full replacement, we will discuss the costs, processes, and warranties thoroughly and answer any questions you may have.
5. Does My Homeowners Insurance Cover My Roof Replacement?
Homeowners insurance typically covers structural damage to your roof that was caused by hail, high winds, fire, or falling trees. Depending on what type of policy you have, you may get repairs or replacement covered, but you will likely have to pay a deductible, and there may be some exclusions.
6. When Is the Best Time to Replace My Roof?
If your roof replacement is due to damage, then you need to get it taken care of promptly to avoid even more problems, no matter what season of the year it is. If your roof is simply getting old, schedule its replacement in spring or summer—when rain is less likely.
7. How Long Does a Roof Last?
It differs based on its makeup! If you have a metal roof, it lasts 30-70 years, depending on how well it was installed. These beauties are a greater investment initially, but they pay off in the long run.
Most asphalt roofing lasts up to 25 years, and as it reaches the end of its lifespan, its components may begin to fail. If yours is at the 20-year mark, it’s time for it to be inspected by a reputable roofer. Stay proactive in initiating annual inspections until you learn that it’s time for a roof replacement.
Transform Your Kansas City Home with a Durable Roof Replacement
At Christian Brothers Roofing, we take care of your home as if it were our own by using only the top materials for your roof replacement. Our thorough training, installation, and warranty work helped our company consistently earn GAF’s Triple Excellence Award. Take a moment to learn more about roof repair or replacement.