Do you have cracked or a leaking skylight?
A leaky or cracked skylight can be a headache. It can lower the value of the home and also leak into the attic and cause damage to the underlayment and sheeting. The leaks can be caused by the cracked flashing that encompasses the frame of the skylight. Over the past 30 years we have done hundreds of skylight replacements. Our team of professionals will do a quality job that will allow the natural light that we enjoy so much of here in AZ.
Replacing a roof can be one of the biggest expenses you will face as a homeowner. So you may dread the thought of it if you notice that your roof is looking a little worse for wear or if you see signs of damage, such as missing shingles or water stains on your ceiling. You may try to repair your roof instead of replacing it so that you don’t have to take as big a hit to the wallet.
Rather than thinking about the total cost for your next bill, you need to think about the long-term benefits. You may be able to repair the roof and stop the immediate problem, but that may be like slapping a band-aid on a bullet hole. If the roof actually needs to be replaced, you’ll end up spending more in the long run by resorting to repairs instead.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding if you need to repair or replace your roof:
Water damage can be insidious. If you catch it early enough, you may be able to repair and be just fine for that part of the roof. But if you don’t act quickly, the damage could spread enough that it would be more cost effective to just replace the whole roof.
When water damage is discovered, it’s unlikely that you will be able to get away with replacing just a few shingles or tiles. Water is likely to have damaged the underlayment and decking, and that will need to be replaced also. But it is possible that the roofer can cut out the damaged areas and replace the materials in just those portions of the roof. Just be sure to get an inspection to determine the extent of the damage before you decide on that course of action.
High Winds and Storms
Arizona suffers from an intense monsoon season every year, and many roofs can be left damaged in their wake. Sometimes, high winds blow off a few shingles, and they can be replaced without replacing the whole roof. Other times, they do enough damage that a roof replacement is needed to be truly cost effective.
You should always schedule a roof inspection after the monsoon season comes to an end. This is a very effective way of knowing the health of your roof. Your roofer can let you know if the wind just blew a few things loose, or if there is serious damage that requires large-scale repair or replacement.
Age isn’t just a number when it comes to a roof. Different materials have an expected life span, and when the roof is reaching that age, it’s probably time to replace it. The roofing technology has advanced so much in the past years that we are having more quality materials. Most shingle roofs last about 15 to 25 years, the tile on concrete tile roofs last about 50 years, metal roofs last about 50 years, however the underlayment that protects the sheeting on your roof will usually only last 15-20 years. If you aren’t sure of your roof’s expected life span, ask an experienced roofer.
This doesn’t meant that if you have a shingle roof, for example, that your roof will crumble and collapse the day after it turns 25. The life span of a roof will vary based on how you care for it, the climate, and other factors. But if your roof is nearing the expected life span, you should be paying closer attention and talking to a roofer about when you need to consider re-roofing.
Always talk to a roofer to find out whether repair or replacement is appropriate. If you find out that you need a new roof, never attempt to put the new roof over the existing roof. You need to replace the underlayment and other materials when you replace the shingle or tile, as well. Choose the best roofing option for your home, and rest easy knowing that you will get decades more protection for your investment.
We are close and always willing to help out with what you need for your biggest investment. Give us a call and we will have a qualified professional on the phone and talking about what you need.