For many homeowners, the decision to invest in a roof replacement is one of the bigger home improvement decisions that they’ll ever make. While some roofs are replaced due to aging, others require emergency replacement.
5 Roof Replacement Scenarios
There are a number of situations in which a new roof is the best response to your roofing issue. Let’s take a look at five common scenarios where an NJ roof replacement is a good idea.
1. The roof shows signs of aging
Eventually, an aging roof will be like an older car – it will simply cost too much to maintain. For example, while it makes complete sense to replace a few shingles here and there, it does not make sense to replace whole sections of an old roof.
As roofs age, shingles may curl, lift, crack or lose too many granules. Sometimes widespread moss or algae deposits damaged large areas of the roof. A sagging or spongy roof suggests more serious problems with rotting sheathing and/or framing.
2. It’s been 20-25 years
It’s ideal to replace an aging roof before these problems ever appear. The previous generation of asphalt shingle roofs often lasted 15-25 years. Therefore, if your current roof is more than two decades old, it might be wise to replace it with a new one. Enjoy the fact that your roof outlived many others in the Tri-state area, and move on to the latest roof designs.
Many of today’s roof systems are more durable, energy-efficient and attractive than their predecessors. Why not take advantage of all the new technology and eliminate roof worries in the process? You’ll also have an opportunity to consider a new color that you may now like better. Some newer designs feature enhanced shadow effects, while others mimic the look of slate or shakes.
3. Long-term leaks damaged sub-roofing or framing
At some point, the time and money consumed by a series of roof repairs make a new roof the better option. Sometimes, underlying structural issues require immediate attention.
A certified inspector will typically examine the roof deck from inside the attic to identify damage from roof leaks. Long-term moisture exposure can rot rafters or joists. When this happens, bad wood must be replaced before the roof replacement can proceed. Likewise, long-term water exposure can rot or soften the sheathing under the felt and the shingles.
4. There’s evidence of installation problems
Evidence of a shoddy installation may not appear for a number of years. The day after roofing crews leave, every set of new shingles looks good. However, those crisp, colorful new shingles may mask underlying problems like misapplied flashings or underlayment. A proper installation directs water off the roof, but a poor installation may cause water to infiltrate the roof deck. Extensive leaks can damage sub-roofing to such a degree that a full roof replacement is the only real option. A roof that should’ve lasted decades may require an early replacement.
5. The roof sustained weather-related damage
Unfortunately, hurricane-force or tornadic winds sometimes demolish residential roofs in northern NJ. When this happens, the “best” time to get a roof replacement is: immediately. The homeowner, property insurer and roofing contractor should all work together to fix the problem without delay.
Wind speed, wind direction and wind duration are all factors when roofs sustain damage across the Tri-state region. Researchers have conducted in-depth studies of the wind-resistance of asphalt shingles. When severe winds peel shingles from roofs, it is called “unsealing.” The adhesive that is supposed to prevent air from lifting the shingle does not hold.
Keep this in mind when you invest in a new roof. In New Jersey, it is important to use high-quality shingles with wind ratings of 130 mph or more. Timberline HD shingles from GAF are one good example.
Many northern NJ homes are beautifully framed by large, mature trees. Sometimes, high winds topple these trees or bring down large branches. These heavy objects often crash right through the roof deck, damaging the framing in the process. New framing and decking are often required before the new shingles can be applied.
Fortunately, weather-related roof damage is typically covered by your homeowner’s policy. To minimize claims issues, it is advisable to work closely with your agent. It is also a good idea to work with a local contractor who has experience with insurers that serve the Tri-state region. A knowledgeable roofer can supply important facts if there’s a debate over a repair vs. replacement.
Inspection by a Certified Roof Inspector
When you face important decisions about your roof, it is essential to get help from a certified roofing specialist. You want someone with experience diagnosing every kind of roofing issue.
Once your roof is thoroughly inspected, you’ll receive recommendations. Sometimes, a roof replacement is the only option. In other situations, a roof replacement is just one possibility. Ideally, you want to work with someone who will thoroughly review your options so you can pick the one that best fits your budget and circumstances.
Consult with the Pros at CRS
Since 1977, CRS has served northern NJ homeowners from its Dumont, NJ, headquarters. Our certified roof inspector is qualified to analyze virtually every kind of roofing issue. CRS is a full-service roofing company offering emergency roof services, routine maintenance, repairs and roof replacements.
CRS is factory certified by three of the nation’s top roofing manufacturers: GAF, Owens Corning and Tamko. These industry leaders trust us to install their roofing systems up to spec. They also authorize us to offer their very best warranties.
Whatever your roofing need, we can help! We’d welcome the opportunity to earn your business. Please contact us today!