A leaking roof does not necessarily mean it needs to be replaced. It can result from damage to one section of roof or from flashing coming loose. Generally roof failure is irreversible and can result from many issues such as improper installation, poor choice of materials, or from installing a roofing system inappropriate to the building.
Like any building component, roofs age at different rates depending on a large number of factors: the quality of original construction, environmental factors, maintenance, appropriateness of design, etc. So how long should a roof last? The general consensus is that a well designed roof will last you around 20 years.
Installing a new roof over the top of an existing roof is generally acceptable under these guidelines:
1) A building can not have more than two roofs
2) No wet insulation can be left in place
3) The roof structure must be able to handle the additional roof load
4) The new roof must be attached to the roof deck to meet wind loads (it is not generally acceptable to adhere the new roof to the old roof)
The spring, summer, and fall are the best times of the year for roof installation in our greater Dayton, OH area. Ideal weather is during the clear forecasted days, so as a roofer we always watch the weather and pray for no rain until the underlayment is down and secure.
Different types of roofs fail in different ways.
• Does the roof leak in multiple locations?
• Do leaks continue, despite repeated repair attempts?
• Do repairs seem to make leaks worse?
• Do new leaks develop after rain?
Frequently roof problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Bi-yearly inspections can often uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Indoors, look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.
You have two basic options. You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, which involves tearing off the old roof, or you can do a recover over the existing roof, which involves going over the existing roof. If you have already had one recover then you can not go over the existing roof.
There are a multitude of options within the roofing industry. Unfortunately there is no magic pill in the roofing market that solves all roofing problems. The market offers a wide selection of great products, each having their strengths due to your specific needs. The key to selecting the proper roof system is to identify the specific roof design of your building and how each roof system works to meet the requirements. A roofing contractor will be able to assist in choosing the best material for your property.
The price of a new roof all depends on the type of material you select, whether you are removing the old roof or not, the type of underlayment, the price of the permit and possibly a few other factors.
Whether planned or unexpected, the need for a new roof can represent a significant home investment, but it can be worth it since a roof helps protect your home and everything inside it. Affordable low monthly financing is available through our partners Owens Corning Financing.