The roof on your house may last for many years, depending on the material used and the conditions it has to endure. However, if the roof installation predates your purchase, you may need to consider replacing it if there are signs of wear or age.
If you suspect the roof on your home has seen better days and is no longer providing the protection you need, hiring roofing contractors for a roof inspection is an excellent starting point. Many contractors have someone dedicated to the inspection process with experience in roof construction, materials, and the inspection process.
When you suspect a problem with the roof, the inspector will meet with you and go over the areas you are concerned about, then inspect the remaining portions of your home's roof to ensure no surprises show up later. Some early warning signs include leaks or water damage inside the house, roofing shingles that are loose or missing from the roof, and mold, mildew, or rot appearing on the backside of the wood underlayment on the rafters.
Once the inspection is complete, the roofing contractor will meet with you to discuss the repair options and determine what you want to do. If the roof is in dire need of repair, roofing contractors may recommend removing the old shingles and replacing any damaged support material on the structure.
That may include pulling the plywood off the rafters and replacing it completely, then adding a new vapor barrier before installing new shingles over the roof's surface. A complete replacement will cost more than just adding new shingles, but if the structure is compromised, most roofing contractors will not take on the job unless you make these repairs.
While the roof may appear to only support the shingles, it is responsible for supporting snow loads, tying the walls together, and protecting the structure from impacts during a storm or natural disaster.
Selecting the best roof material for your home is often a personal choice. Some roofing contractors will recommend asphalt shingles because they are affordable, durable, and easy to get. However, if you want to upgrade the roofing materials and install wood shingles, tile roofing, or concrete tiles, talk to the contractor to determine if they can accommodate the change.
Some heavier materials may require you to add some additional support to the roof structure. However, if you are doing a complete tear-off and replacing the underlayment, the contractor can add extra support for the roof structure. If this is the case, it may be the perfect time to upgrade to the new material on your home's roof. Discuss your options with your contractor to ensure you understand all the options, requirements, and costs involved in the upgrade process.
For more information, contact a roofing contractor near you.