How Do I Know If I Need a New Roof?

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In most case of scenarios, homeowners only notice red flags of needing a new roof after they spot leaking in their ceiling.  Although this leak can mean a new roof is in order, there are many other factors to consider when you are trying to determine whether a repair or full replacement is in order.  Here are a few things to consider:

Roof Age

While most experts agree that a roof can typically last between 20-25 years, this is very dependent on the quality of your current material and its install process.  In many cases, homeowners find that they experience signs of aging and durability in between 15-20 years.  The amount of layers you have on your roof is also something to consider.  If you have more than one layer on your roof and it is older than 15-20 years old, chances are you will need a full roof replacement as your next action.  

Curling Shingles

If your shingles start to curl or buckle, chances are it is also losing its granules that protect your roof shingles and in result the shingles are working past their life expectancy.  

Missing Shingles

This is a sign that your roof could be failing to perform its job.  Missing shingles can leave your underlayment exposed, and if left alone, elements like rain and snow can cause water to soak directly into your attic due to your underlayment being exposed.

Shingle Granules in the Gutters

Shingles tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.  If you start to notice you are losing granules substantially or a darker color on some parts of your roof, this is another sign that your granules are wearing away.  

Daylight Through the Roof Boards

Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the plywood decking, and also see if there is any moisture in your insulation.  Next, consult a professional to walk on top of your roof and if you notice a spongy feel or a bounce when walking on the roof, it means the plywood decking has been weakened from moisture over time.    

Roof Valleys

Since snow and rain flow through the valleys of your roof into the gutters, it can be compromised over time and make you susceptible to roof leaks.   If you notice your shingles are missing or falling apart in this area, it is most definitely means it is time for a new roof.

#TheNation: NCE Homes Employee Spotlight: Meet Miranda

Project Coordinator, Miranda Krueger

Project Coordinator, Miranda Krueger

Name: Miranda Krueger

Hometown: Glen Burnie/Pasadena, Maryland

Education: High School Diploma from North County High School

3 Years of Culinary School at Center or Applied Technology North

Before NCE Homes: Nu Look Home Design for 2 years.

“I knew about NCE Homes about 2 years before I started working here. I had become friends with one of the owners when they first opened. We happened to meet because we walked in a good friends wedding together. So when I discovered NCE they were very new and in the process of getting started and expanding. My friend reached out to me when they were in need of a Project Coordinator and he knew I was pretty miserable at my current job. Before coming to NCE I loved my job, just not the company I did it for. Coming to NCE was probably one of the best decisions I have made. I am so much happier here then I was at my past employer. Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly, I just really feel at home when I am here. There is no one constantly looking over my shoulder or micromanaging me while I do my job. It is a great feeling that everyone here is confident that I can do my job properly without having someone always breathing down my neck. I do feel like I have grown since started here. I am a much happier person, I have learned many things since being here because I have the right people behind me, and I look forward to the company expanding and growing so I can continue to grow with them.

I love the fact that NCE Homes falls right in line with my core values as a human being. I say this because a lot of companies you work for now you are just a face and a number. Being here everyone knows yours name, everyone speaks to you, you feel appreciated, they understand that there is life outside of the office. I am a single mom of 2 VERY active boys and when something happens whether it is a sick child, no daycare, a baseball game, a basketball game, field trip, etc. they aren’t making you feel bad for not being able to come to work. That really means a lot to me because work is not always everything and they understand that I can’t stay late everyday, I might be a little late coming in some morning, or I might not make it in at all. I have never worked for a more understanding group of people and that is just so amazing to me. We work hard but we also get to play hard and enjoy life outside of work. That means a lot.”

Quality Can Still be Affordable, Just Finance!

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Roofing can be Expensive, how can I pay for it?

One of the biggest investments on your home will and should be your roofing system.  Although roofing replacements can mean a large lump sum of money paid out, there are plenty of options available to make sure you are not making an irresponsible decision in respect to your budget.  

Most homeowners turn to contractors for the cheapest route, which in result gives them a lower cost but in result a lower quality of materials and install.  If you want to avoid sacrificing the quality of the job, consider financing a new roof with the option to pay in installments.  Today financing a roof and other projects is one of the most popular ways to achieve quality while avoiding breaking the bank.   

Consumer Lending

In America, 30% of homeowners say that they cannot afford to come out of pocket for the total costs of a home improvement project, while 50% of Americans mention that they experienced a unexpected problem with their home resulting in the need of repair or replacement. With consumer lending, your roofer works with the bank to help you manage costs for different projects on your home based on your budget and the roofing replacement expense.  Companies that can offer lending or financing tend to have perks like special rates that can be passed on to their customers.  

Consumer Lending or financing can have major advantages and offer leverage to you and your budget.  If you are more interested in more information, contact NCE Homes at 443-400-5210 to discuss all of your options.