It’s always best to plan ahead when replacing your roof and shingles. The last thing anyone wants is a surprise roof replacement, as it can be expensive and timely. If you are trying to assess if your home needs a new roof, read the below guide to make sure you know what to look for:
Water will always find a way in at some point, so it’s important to regularly check for them on your walls and ceiling. Catching water spots early on can save you a lot of money, and you may not need a full roof replacement, depending on the damage. Water spots can be a result of fallen tree limbs, hail or heavy Michigan snow; finding the water spot’s origin is the first step to successful damage control. If you only have a few water spots in your home, replacing a few shingles, filling a crack with caulk or installing flashing may complete the job.
Water spots will eventually turn into leaks, which are never good. If you discover a leak and cannot locate its origin, you can call a professional roofing contractor to conduct an inspection and provide a recommendation about next steps. Similar to water spots, small, contained water leaks can usually be repaired without a full roof replacement if found early. However, if leaks have been a consistent problem in your home, you may want to consider a full roof replacement, especially if your roof is out of warranty. Multiple short-term fixes can become expensive quickly, and it may make sense to make a new investment in your roof.
Just because water is not leaking into your home does not mean you should replace your roof a later date. Missing, damaged and curled shingles can all lead to leaks in the near future. If your shingle roof is nearing 20 years in age, it may be time to call your local roofing company and receive a quote for services.
Most roofing companies provide owners with a warranty; if you are looking to replace your roof, it’s worth looking into this. Additionally, you can always call your homeowners insurance company to check your deductible and any coverage for roofing repairs. Homeowners insurance policies will likely contribute to roof damages but make sure to weigh your options and check if your premium will increase before making a final decision.
We know replacing your roof can be stressful. That’s why Herbert Roofing is here to help. We have a team of roofing experts that can evaluate roof damages and see if it makes sense to do a partial or full replacement. Just because you may think the damage looks bad does not mean you need to replace your entire roof. We suggest consulting with your local roofing company to ensure your roof is fixed the right way!