When it’s storming outside there’s nothing like being in your home, safe and secure from the elements. It’s times like these people can appreciate a good working roof system that otherwise goes unnoticed. But, if storms are an source of stress because you really don’t know if your roof can handle it, then it might be time to think about replacing your roof, especially if you experience leaks and it’s an older roof (15 years or older for most shingle roofs).
If you are thinking about replacing your roof, consider the following:
How Old Is Your Roof?
You don’t want to replace your roof if it isn’t necessary but in the case of older shingles roofs, it’s usually the better option. If you aren’t sure how old your roof is, check your paperwork to find the install date or get in contact with the previous owner. Depending on your type of roof, it could be near the end of it’s lifespan. Typically shingle roofs (the majority of residential roofs in America) only last only 10- 20 years so if yours is nearing that age range, a new roof may just be the thing you need.
How Long Do You Want It To Last?
If your roof contractor determines you need to replace your roof there are a large variety of materials available to homeowners today, from the low end 3-tab shingle that lasts 10 – 15 years to high-end slate roofs that can last 100 years or more! There are many choices for just about everyone.
After your initial roof inspection, your roof contractor will be able to tell you what’s available in your area and what will work best for your home, from there it will be your decision based on your budget and desires.
Thinking About Doing It Yourself?
Roofing isn’t as simple as slapping layer of shingles on with glue and patching things here and there. For most people, installing a new roof is a bad idea. Forget about the often expensive mistakes that even some professional roofers can make, if you aren’t 100% sure you know what you are doing, the physical risk of death or serious injury should make you think twice by themselves.
If, on the other hand, you have a decent amount of roofing or similar construction experience and the proper tools and equipment (especially safety equipment) it’s possible you could handle a simple installation such as a small shingle roof, but if you have the slightest doubt, call a professional.
Which Roof Contractor Should You Choose?
Once you’ve decided to get your roof repaired or replaced and that a professional is the way to go, finding a local roof contractor should be easy. A quick “google” for “roof contractor” or “roof repair” and similar keywords normally yield lots of results, especially near larger cities. Other resources like Yelp, Angie’s List, and Best Pick Reports are also great places to find a great roofer.
Visit a few of these websites, looking specifically for local roof contractors, and once you have a few in mind do your homework on them! There are plenty of great roof contractors everywhere but, as in any industry, there are those who shouldn’t be in business at all and even others who have no qualms about ripping you off! Know who you are calling and inviting to your home before you dial their number or fill in their quote form.
Finally, get a few estimates from your local roof contractors, they should be free and will give you a clear picture of whether it’s worth it to repair or go ahead and replace your roof.
In Metro Atlanta, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222 and we will provide a detailed estimate so you know exactly what it will take to get your roof in shape now and for years to come!