Roofing Buyer’s Guide:
How do I know when to replace my roof?
The short answer is immediately after you notice a sign of damaged shingles. One small leak or one damaged shingle can lead to a huge disaster down the road. Luckily, these issues can be caught if you know what to look for. Here are some signs of a damaged roof.
This is the first and most obvious sign to look for. Usually after around 20-25 years, shingles start to curl, crack, and eventually fall off. This is generally due to sun and wind damage.
Dark Streaks or Moss
Dark streaks on your roof is most likely algae or moss. This is due to moisture getting under your shingles. Although this may not require a roof replacement, it is something to be aware of. We know that checking on your shingles may be dangerous. That’s why we recommend hiring a contractor that will come check it out for free.
Water stains inside your house
Check your attic. Attic stains usually occur after heavy rain and it mainly due to a problem with the material between your shingles and the plywood. Another sign of deteriorated shingles is ceiling stains around your house. These leaks end up staining and can even lead to mold in your home.
What type of roof do I want?
There are many determining factors when choosing a roof. Budget, durability, and climate just to name a few. While most homeowners choose asphalt shingles, we will give you the comparison to metal so you can make the best choice for your home.
Again, this is the most common choice for homeowners. They tend to be less expensive than metal roofing. That being said, they have a shorter lifespan. At Boelter, we offer Owen’s Corning shingles which, we believe, are the best on the market. They have a variety of styles to choose from, a 50 year warranty, and they use Sure-Nail Technology to protect your roof from wind damage.
Stone Coated Steel Roof
One of the best features of a steel roof is that it’s lightweight and has superior ventilation. This doesn’t cause as much stress on your home as other types of roofs. Although steel roofs are usually more expensive as a one time cost, they tend to last longer than asphalt shingles, sometimes even 100+ years.
How do I choose a contractor?
Do Your Research
This is very important. We recommend doing your due diligence. Ask your neighbors, read online reviews, and contact multiple contractors for estimates.
Then, make sure the estimates are detailed in the job description. The cheapest option may look appealing at the time, but the quality of the work is what matters most.
Before you make your final decision on a contractor, make sure they are licensed and insured.