The most common type of roof is an asphalt shingle roof, and it should last 20 to 25 years. It’s important to know how old your roof is if you want a sense of whether it should be repaired or replaced. According to Angie’s List, two signs your roof is deteriorating are cracked, curled, warped or missing shingles or gritty whitish stuff at the bottom of your roof gutters. Those are the granules from your asphalt shingles, slowly eroding away.
Check your roof ventilation. The U.S. Federal Housing Administration recommends you have at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space.
The damage is more severe if you see signs of leakage or moisture in your attic, or if you can see the sun shining through cracks in your roof. Another sign, which is particularly bad, is if the shingle lines are showing slight sagging. This means that the sheathing underneath is starting to decay. Finally, if your chimney flashing is made of roof cement or tar, you may want to have it replaced with metal while you’re having work done on the rest of the roof.
Make a point of knowing if your roof is insured and under warranty. You should also know what exactly your insurance policies and warranty cover. Ask your insurer about weather, fire and repair damage.
One of the advantages of a new roof is a new warranty. The best roofers offer manufacturers’ and workmanship warranties on the quality of the material and the work.
The process of roof installation
The first step in the process is the removal of the old shingles. This gets rid of degraded roofing material and exposes any damage or mildew in the deck underneath. All the nails are taken out so the new roof can be laid on a flat deck. A good roof installer will dispose of all old roofing material without leaving any debris lying around. The installer will talk with you about the materials available and the style you want, whether you want a roof that won’t cost too much to install in the short term, or one that costs more now but will last for a long time.
Charlotte’s #1 roof installer
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roof installers in Charlotte and Concord, NC. They have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. They will plan their schedule to fit your own and provide the materials themselves. If you need a new roof or need to repair an old one, call today for a free estimate.