When to Replace a Roof

Knowing when to replace a roof can be a difficult proposition.  After all, who goes for a stroll on the roof that often?  Seriously though, the integrity of the roof on your home is very important on a number of fronts.  This video takes a deep dive into the subject, including what to look for and how the job might unfold.

Major Roof Components:

  • Framing – this is the actual structure of your roof, whether wood or metal
  • Decking – typically plywood, this is the surface of your roof where all other materials will be laid onto
  • Roof Shingles – serving as the outermost layer of protection, shingles come in all shapes and sizes, but the most common is asphalt in a selection of neutral colors
  • Ice and water shield – this membrane prevents moisture from building up between the plywood and the surface materials on the outside of your home
  • Roofing felt paper – also known as underlayment this material provides the actual surface to mount shingles onto
  • Roof ventilation – often referred to as the ridge vent (because it’s at the ridge or peak of your roof), the ability to allow air to escape not only helps prevent moisture emanating from inside your home that might damage the outer materials but also helps prevent mold from forming inside your attic or upper floors
  • Ridge cap shingle – this protects the ridge vent much like the other shingles protect the various layers of membranes and materials that make up the roofing system

Questions to Qualify Your Roofing Contractor:

  • Roof Certifications – are they qualified by the major manufacturers to install their products (backed by training)?
  • Roofing Insurance – do they have more than a standard liability policy?
  • Referrals – do they have and are they willing to provide references for you to investigate?

Roof Inspection (Before and After):

  • If you think your roof may need some attention, look for obvious signs like curling shingles on the outside, and signs of water infiltration on the inside
  • If you replace your roof, keep an eye out for obvious signs of damage about every 6 – 8 months

Bonus Tip: check your gutters to prevent any clogs from infiltrating any part of your roof

Knowing when to replace a roof can be a difficult proposition.  After all, who goes for a stroll on the roof that often?  Seriously though, the integrity of the roof on your home is very important on a number of fronts.  This video takes a deep dive into the subject, including what to look for and how the job might unfold.

Major Roof Components:

  • Framing – this is the actual structure of your roof, whether wood or metal
  • Decking – typically plywood, this is the surface of your roof where all other materials will be laid onto
  • Roof Shingles – serving as the outermost layer of protection, shingles come in all shapes and sizes, but the most common is asphalt in a selection of neutral colors
  • Ice and water shield – this membrane prevents moisture from building up between the plywood and the surface materials on the outside of your home
  • Roofing felt paper – also known as underlayment this material provides the actual surface to mount shingles onto
  • Roof ventilation – often referred to as the ridge vent (because it’s at the ridge or peak of your roof), the ability to allow air to escape not only helps prevent moisture emanating from inside your home that might damage the outer materials but also helps prevent mold from forming inside your attic or upper floors
  • Ridge cap shingle – this protects the ridge vent much like the other shingles protect the various layers of membranes and materials that make up the roofing system

Questions to Qualify Your Roofing Contractor:

  • Roof Certifications – are they qualified by the major manufacturers to install their products (backed by training)?
  • Roofing Insurance – do they have more than a standard liability policy?
  • Referrals – do they have and are they willing to provide references for you to investigate?

Roof Inspection (Before and After):

  • If you think your roof may need some attention, look for obvious signs like curling shingles on the outside, and signs of water infiltration on the inside
  • If you replace your roof, keep an eye out for obvious signs of damage about every 6 – 8 months

Bonus Tip: check your gutters to prevent any clogs from infiltrating any part of your roof