Although it can be stressful, roof repair and replacement is a great way to improve the value of your property. Many homeowners do not have experience with hiring contractors. A sense of urgency and sales tactics can fool you into hiring a dishonest contractor. Always trust your instincts, and look out for these red flags when researching roofing contractors.
Your roofing system plays a crucial role in the structure of your building. Although harsh weather conditions can have an impact on the strength of your roof, selecting quality roofing material can help to prolong the life of your roofing system. It’s also important to keep other factors such as durability and appearance in mind. It can sometimes be challenging for homeowners to choose the right roofing material because there are plenty to choose from. This blog points out a few commonly used roofing materials and their attributes, varieties, costs, and life expectancies.
“I can’t wait to take off the roof and install a brand new one,” said no one, ever. For most homeowners, the thought of total roof replacement is overwhelming. Replacing asphalt roofs can cost between $5 and $6.30 per square foot. Wood shingles on average cost between about $5 and $8 per square foot.
Luckily, with proper and regular inspections, nearly all fiberglass and asphalt roofs can last up to 40 years. 20-25 years is the regular lifespan without inspections. Wood shingles may last up to 30 years, and other types of roofing materials may last over 50. Good roof maintenance, including yearly inspections and repairs, can help prevent expensive structural problems like insulation damage, mold, and rot.
Here are some things to consider when making the decision to either repair or replace your roof.