Roof Replacement

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.

Common Mistakes Made with Roofing

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Taking the Cheapest Route

If you are considering a private contractor, typically this route is chosen because it is the cheapest option to replace or repair your roof. When you take the cheapest route, you sacrifice the quality of the job and the materials used to be efficient. Lower quality materials will cut the life of your roof extremely short and its durability will be very temporary. A red flag that your contractor may not be up to par is if he asks for all the money for the roofing up font instead of a deposit to get the job started. Beware!

 

Hiring a Handyman or Doing It Yourself Without any Roofing Experience

Most times a handyman doesn’t have the knowledge, licensing, insurance or expertise needed to repair or install your roofing system. A lot of times, handymen or private contractors can specialize in other areas like kitchen, bathrooms, etc. and if you are willing to pay, they are willing to work on your roof with minimal experience in the area you need an expert. If a handyman doesn’t have a roofing license, he may not be legally able to perform work on your property. In addition, if the handyman is not insured, you can be held liable if he ends up getting injured on the job.

 

Improper Care and Maintenance 

It is extremely important to pay attention to your roofing system because it can give you a proactive approach towards preventing damage before it is detrimental to you and those in your home. If you consistently maintain your roof, it will extend its life and prevent damage from coming sooner rather than later. Although you want to maintenance your roof, proper maintenance is even more important because it can also shorten the life of your roofing system. Pressure washing an asphalt roof is typically done to give it a clean new look, but it can also damage the granules that are present to protect the roof from leakage. Also, lifting your shingles up to look for signs of leaking can seem like a good maintenance technique, but its also know to create leaks as well.

 

NCE Homes provides quality and affordable roofing services within the Maryland state, and if you are need of maintenance please contact us today for a free inspection! Call us at 443-400-5210.

Biggest Effects of Different Weather Conditions

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Heat

We normally assume that the brutal weather conditions during the winter are the one and only cause for damaged roofing system. Although it is true that the winter is very detrimental to a roofing system, it isn’t the only cause for vulnerability. The summer weather can be just as hazardous as winter weather or spring storms, but while the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, chances are we let it slip from our attention. Excessive heat can cause materials on your roof to swell and cause immediate damage, and as they begin to think it can cause further problems in the future. Excessive heat can be extremely damaging to the roof and your property in general.

Rain

Unfortunately, rain is a year around element and it requires you to pay attention to your roof year around. Small cracks or holes start to allow water into your home and without treatment, a minor problem can quickly escalade to a larger one. Since the attic separates your ceiling from your roofing system, it is common for homeowners to notice the damage that rain has done at the moment their attic is in need of immediate attention. A good suggestion would be to take a peak in your attic during a heavy rainfall just to be sure.

 

Wind

Although underestimated, wind storms can be a very damaging element to your home. We tend to only give special attention to conditions like hurricanes, but a strong wind storm can essentially leave your home exposed. Your roof is most likely to be the victim of heavy wind storms, causing shingles to move or blow off and the force of trees rubbing against the roof.  

Snow

There is a long list of ways a roof can be damaged by different weather elements, but snow has one of the strongest effects on your roofing system. We all have a love-hate relationship with snow, but if you aren’t consistently evaluating your roof, it can cause major issues and disruptions to how your system can operate. During the snow we can experience the same issues of wind and rain, but pounds of snow sitting on top of your roof for a long period of time can add weight that you're system can’t handle. The weight of snow can cause parts of your roof to collapse or your gutters to fall, and that is the last thing anyone wants to deal with.  In extremely low temperatures, ice tends to develop and can clog your gutters and cause damage to your roof and how it operates. Snow can often cause the need for professional attention to be accelerated, but as long as you are on top of things you’ll be fine.

If you are in any need of assistance, NCE Homes can get you educated on how to move forward with caution to avoid these elements damaging your home.