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Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My House?

Roofs can increase your curb appeal greatly. They do not have to be a part of the home but can beautify your home and help it sell. A new roof can also increase your home’s value. A faulty roof can become a barrier to selling your home.

If My Roof Leaks Do I Need A Whole New Roof?

If your roof is leaking, it can most likely be repaired. If your existing shingles are in good condition, many roof leaks can be repaired without replacing the entire roof. A proper inspection by a roofing contractor is required to determine the true cause of the leak and the proper course of action.

What Are The Benefits Of Repairing A Roof Instead Of Replacing It?

Repairing a damaged roof can be a lot cheaper than a full replacement. If there is only minor damage, you should hire a contractor to make whatever repairs need to be made. If you’re unsure of the extent of the damage, a roofer can easily spot potential problems and recommend repairs.

How Long Should a Roof Last?

There is no set time frame as to how long roofs should last, although if your roof shows any signs of damage or leaks, you will likely need to replace it as soon as possible. The peak lifespan for a roof is about 15–18 years, but if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, it may vary.

How Can You Tell If Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced?

Leaks, missing shingles or shakes, or other damage to your roof can be a sign that your roof needs replacing. Call a roofing contractor if you notice any of these issues on your roof. A roofer can inspect the roof and provide you with a detailed inspection report so you know exactly what repairs need to be made.

Can I really extend the life of my roof?

All roofing materials will eventually deteriorate and erode, especially in harsh sun and weather conditions. However, you can absolutely extend the life of your roof with proper maintenance. The mistake most homeowners make is to ignore small repairs as needed. A missing shingle takes little time and cost to fix; but ignoring that missing shingle may allow water to seep in, debris to accumulate and pry other shingles loose, or damage to affect the underlayment. Taking care of small problems can prevent the larger problems for decades.

Are tile roofs preferable to shingle roofs?

This really comes down to preference, and in some cases, your HOA rules! While tile roofing materials have traditionally been longer-lasting, newer asphalt shingle products have proven to be nearly as durable, as well as often easier to repair. Tile and asphalt shingle have differences in price, weight, longevity, and care requirements – so we definitely recommend talking to a licensed Duluth roofing contractor about which is best for you. Still, you can expect a quality asphalt shingle roof to last for 25 years or more.

What is the best thing I can do to ensure my roof lasts as long as possible?

Periodic visual self-inspections and annual professional roof inspections are invaluable to a homeowner. As discussed, a small problem can become a major issue if not addressed. Regular inspections allow you to make minor repairs before they become larger projects, and before a small leak becomes a major leak or a mold issue.

Can I replace my roof myself?

While some home projects can be “DIY’d” and turn out fine, roofing is not one of them. Each year, more than 6,000 Americans die from falls in the home, many of which come from tumbles off from roofs and ladders while doing repairs or regular maintenance, making it one of the most dangerous DIY projects you can do. Plus, you could be violating your roof’s current warranty or do the work improperly, resulting in expensive repairs and replacements down the line Not to mention, a one-man roof replacement job compared to an experienced team of professional roofers warrants a higher risk for mismatched shingles, holes, and other issues with the aesthetics and quality of your roof.

My Roof Is Leaking, But I Just Had New Shingles Put On Last Year – What Could It Be?

The shingles may not have been properly installed, they could have been placed over an existing layer of shingles that is not giving adequate coverage, or there could be new damage due to a recent storm. The best way to find out is to have an inspection and estimate done.

What are gutters and why are they important for my house?

Gutters are an important part of your roofing system because they help keep water away from the foundation and walls of your home. They do this by collecting rainwater runoff from the roof in long, narrow troughs that extend down to the ground. The gutters then carry the water away from your house to a designated storm drain.

What are the signs of a bad roofing job?

Some of the most common signs of a bad roofing job include roof leaks, missing or damaged shingles, improperly sealed joints, and water stains on ceilings and walls. If you notice any of these problems, it is important to contact your roofing contractor as soon as possible for repair services.

Will my existing roof need to be removed before installation?

Not always. It is possible to install a new roof over the existing one, but it’s best practice to remove all the old material in order to determine the condition of the existing deck. If damages here are left unresolved, it could cause problems further down the line with your new roof.

How much does roof replacement cost?

The cost of a roof replacement varies on the age and style of the home and the style of the roof and shingles. On average, roof replacement costs between $5,000 – $10,000 but can be more or less. Most of the time, replacement is charged by square footage. To get the most accurate price estimate for your roof replacement, call us today! Roofing costs will be determined by various decisions the homeowner makes. For example, the type of roof, the design of the roof, as well as the type of material being used to install the new roof.

What are the benefits of roof replacement?

A roof replacement is a much more cost-effective option than roof repair in most cases because it can restore your roof’s structural integrity while adding an extra layer that protects you from water damage. Roof replacements also improve insulation so as to keep your house warm during colder months and cool during hot summers.

When Do I Need a New Roof?

Replacing your roof is a big investment and not one you should delay. Failing to replace your roof when it’s time can lead to thousands of dollars in-home repairs from leaky shingles and structural damage. Here are a few signs it’s time for a new roofing system:

There are wet spots on your ceiling, in the attic, or in crawl spaces.
• Your chimney’s masonry has cracked.
• Shingles are curled, buckling, missing or broken.
• Your shingles are blistering.
• Shingles are badly aging and missing granules.
• You notice signs of roof rot, such as a spongy feeling when you walk on it.
• There is water backup in your eaves.
• Your flashing is damaged or completely compromised.

What New Roofing Options Do I Have?

There are a variety of new roofs to choose from for any style home. You can select your material, color, and style, depending on your needs and personal preferences. Select metal roofing, forged iron, traditional shingles, RoofGuard, and more in an array of stunning colors. We can help you select the perfect roof for your home or commercial building.

Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare for New Roof Installation?

If you do need to replace your roof, there are a few small steps you can take for a smooth process. First, remove loose items from your walls and shelves. Hammering up on your roof can sometimes cause enough vibration to make unsecured items fall. Clear your driveway as much as possible and the areas around your home. There is a chance roofing materials could fall into the driveway. Your contractor will also appreciate the extra space for work vehicles and equipment. Empire Roofing completes most new roofing jobs the very same day for minimal interruption to your life. A quality roofing contractor will take care of the rest – you just have to sit back and enjoy your brand new roof.

What is the best roofing material?

It’s tricky to give a definitive answer to this question as there are a number of factors to consider. These include the homeowner’s budget, style, and design preference, as well as perhaps most importantly, the weather conditions of the area within which the home is situated. Your local roofing service provider should guide you through all of this to determine which roofing is the best for your needs specifically.

Are tile roofs preferable to shingle roofs?

This really comes down to preference, and in some cases, your HOA rules! While tile roofing materials have traditionally been longer-lasting, newer asphalt shingle products have proven to be nearly as durable, as well as often easier to repair. Tile and asphalt have differences in price, weight, longevity, and care requirements – so we definitely recommend talking to a licensed roofing contractor about which is best for you. Still, you can expect a quality asphalt shingle roof to last for 25 years or more.

What is the best thing I can do to ensure my roof lasts as long as possible?

Periodic visual self-inspections and annual professional roof inspections are invaluable to a homeowner. As discussed, a small problem can become a major issue if not addressed. Regular inspections allow you to make minor repairs before they become larger projects and before a small leak becomes a major leak or a mold issue.

How can I know if I have a roof leak?

If you do not identify any damage on your roof before it becomes a leak, there are several ways to identify water intrusion. If possible, head up to the attic and check the wood framing for signs of moisture such as dark spots or rot. You can also look at insulation to see if it is matted, damp, or eroding. All can be signs of a roof leak. During and after major rainstorms, you can also walk through your home and look at the ceilings and walls for signs of staining, bulging or drips. Should you see any of these, call for professional assistance immediately.

Will a New Roof Lower my Energy Bills?

If your roof is old and underperforming, 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 lowers energy bills with ventilation and sound materials that prevent excess drafts and water leaks.

Are Roof Leaks Always A Sign It’s Time For A New Roof?

Your roof doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced if you notice a leak. It all depends on what is causing your roof to leak. If you have an older roof with several worn spots and missing shingles, your roof likely needs to be replaced.

If there is leaking coming in from around a roof vent or there’s a single missing shingle, a repair might be all you need.

The only way to know for sure is to have your roof inspected and repaired by a certified roofer. Also, as a homeowner, you should have regular roof inspections and routine maintenance that will help prevent leaks from occurring in the first place.

Can I Put My New Roof On My Old Roof?

Many people wonder if they can save money by having their new roof installed over their old one.

As a homeowner, it’s understandable wanting to save money where you can, especially if your replacement isn’t covered by your insurance company. A common practice to keep costs down is to reroof your existing roof instead of tearing off the old one. If you already have several layers on your roof, you will have to have them removed. Adding a third layer of shingles isn’t advisable because this will increase the weight on your roof, putting added stress on the underlying support. It’s also against many building codes to add that third layer.

How Long Do Slate Roofs Last?

Slate isn’t a manufactured product — it’s a natural stone. It’s strong, dense, and durable, and it comes in three quality grades: S1, S2, and S3. While S2 and S3 are softer stones, S1 is mined in North America and will last for centuries.

Can My Home Support the Weight of a Slate Roof?

If your home is built to standard building code, it can most likely handle the weight of slate roofing. You cannot install this type of material over shingles though — a complete tear-off is needed before installation. To make sure your home is ready, have a professional slate roofing contractor examine the interior and test the roof’s support capabilities.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Slate Roofing?

It’s low maintenance, ages beautifully require few repairs, and has a unique appearance. And unlike some other roofing materials, slate is eco-friendly with no asphalt, fiberglass, or plastic components.

Disadvantages include complications in replacing a broken tile, the higher cost, and the extra care it takes to make sure it’s properly installed.

Do I need a specialist to install a slate roof?

A slate roof is more of an art form so it’s typically not a good DIY project. To protect your investment, it’s best to find a fully-trained professional to install slate roofing projects.

While the initial cost of a slate roof may seem discouraging, the long-term benefits are often worthwhile. If you’re ready to explore the option of installing slate roofing, contact us today at 218-724-5584.

Why Choose Slate Instead of Shingle?

As touched on above, slate is a durable and hardwearing option for your roof. One of the key reasons to opt for slate instead of shingle is that once installed; there will be no need to replace a slate roof in your lifetime. In comparison, the shingle may need replaced 2 or even three times. Other reasons to choose slate include adding value to your property and the material’s natural resistance to fire, water and mold. Slate does run more expensive than shingle, but in the long run, since it lasts longer and adds value, it is a worthwhile investment.