When there are problems with a residential roof, one of three solutions is possible: repair, re-roof, or replace. Often, a repair will take care of a localized leak. If only one layer of shingles was used on a roof that is in decent shape, re-roofing is an option.
If there are multiple layers of shingles on the roof, or if there is widespread damage to the sub-roofing, a full roof replacement is required. The crew tears off existing materials down to the sheathing so that they can repair any damage to the sub-roofing before installing the new roof.
Reasons For A Roof Replacement
If you believe your roof needs to be replaced, an inspection by a certified roof inspector is a crucial first step. You want an expert assessment of your roof’s condition so that the correct solution can be implemented. For example, you don’t want a crew to install new shingles over rotting decking or framing, as that will only be putting a bandaid on the issue and cost you more money in the long run. On the other hand, if the problem has not reached the point of no return yet, a simple solution may fix the issue.
Some reasons for roof replacements in NJ include:
Aging Of The Roof
There are many telltale signs that an aging roof requires replacement. Curling, broken, or missing shingles allow moisture to intrude, and leaks may follow. Wind-driven rain, ice dams, or heavy snow accumulations can all further expedite this damage.
As asphalt shingles dry out, the granules no longer adhere as well as when they were new. Loose granules accumulating in your gutters are evidence of an aging roof that may be a problem.
Substandard Roof Materials Or Installation
Age-related issues are not the only reasons for a roof replacement. Substandard roofing materials or faulty installation may lead to premature roof failure. For example, various kinds of organic shingles have not been manufactured since 2008, because they caused such extreme and repetitive roofing problems. Installation by inexperienced contractors can cause problems such as missing or misplaced fasteners, which make a roof more vulnerable to high winds.
When there’s severe storm damage, it’s important to get a professional contractor involved as soon as possible. The contractor will evaluate the roof’s condition separate from the insurance adjuster, and you can then compare the two conclusions they draw to make an informed decision.
Perhaps you’re adding another room to your home or you’re ready for a major home makeover. Remodeling projects often alter the roofline with the addition of new skylights, dormers, or other alterations. This can make it difficult to integrate the old and the new, so it’s often best to include a new roof with your remodeling plans. This will not only ensure the remodel looks seamless, but will also improve your curb appeal.
Increase Your Home’s Marketability
If it’s time to sell your home, but your roof is well into its lifecycle, prospective buyers might hesitate to make an offer. Replacing your roof is an investment up front, but it increases your likelihood of getting an offer that returns that investment to you. Your home may also sell quicker if there’s a transferable warranty on your new roof, so it is important to discuss warranties with the contractor who does your replacement. The look and color of the existing roof may appear dated and can also impact the price you can ask for when selling. Select a contemporary color that will brighten your home’s exterior when you replace the roof and make your home more appealing to the next owner.
Extensive moss growth or large ice dams may shorten the life of a roof, and undetected leaks may cause extensive damage to the sheathing and/or framing. Multiple roof leaks may require moldy attic insulation or interior drywall to be replaced.
In all cases, a timely roof replacement reduces the chance of expensive repairs for years to come.
Cost Of A Roof Replacement in NJ
A number of variables will impact the cost of a full roof replacement in NJ, including:
- Roof size and complexity
- Quality of materials used
- The extent of warranty coverage
Fortunately, when you invest in a new roof installed by a reputable contractor, you enhance the value of your home. Data from Remodeling Magazine suggests that, on average, homeowners recover about two-thirds of the cost of a new roof.
A newly replaced roof will often be more energy-efficient than the one it replaces. For example, you can make improvements to attic ventilation, install rigid insulation, or choose more reflective shingles and a radiant barrier. Energy savings may appear modest on an annual basis, but large sums of money can be saved over the lifespan of an energy-efficient roof.
If you suspect you are due for a roof replacement, take a step-by-step approach to select a contractor you trust. You should seek a referral from a trusted source, ask the contractor about their certifications and credentials, and finally ask them for references.
Invite several of the more promising contractors out to your property to discuss the quality of materials they intend to use and any differences between their quotes and the others. Only sign an agreement that spells out the approximate start date, payment schedule and warranty details to ensure you are dealing with someone trustworthy.
Contact CRS Today
Trust the experts at CRS for your roof replacement in New Jersey. CRS is proud to have served New Jersey homeowners for over 45 years. We are factory certified by both Owens Corning and GAF, two of North America’s largest roofing manufacturers.
Look to CRS for all roofing services, including certified inspections, periodic maintenance, soft washing and emergency repairs.
Contact us today to arrange for a complimentary visit by one of our certified roof inspectors!