When Is It Time to Call a Roofing Contractor?
Houses are usually built to last a lifetime and in some cases, several life times. They are there to protect us from the outside environment and keep us safe. Providing there are no disasters such as earthquakes and fires, many people buy a house expecting it to remain their home and sanctuary for many years. However, this does not mean that no maintenance will be required along the way. In fact, the opposite is often true: if you neglect the upkeep of your home-whether that be treating its wooden sections periodically, inspecting the brickwork or carrying out safety checks on the gas pipes- you will open the doors to a number of costly problems.
One of the most important tasks homeowners can perform to ensure that their home lasts a lifetime is an inspection of the top of the building. If problems with the top of the house develop (and eventually they will; no roof lasts forever) it can start to leak and develop damp and mold issues, which could spread to the rest of the house. In general, a roof will last from between 20 to 60 years, which is dependent both on the type of climate you live in and the material from which it is made; so before calling in a roofing contractor, you may wish to insect it yourself for damage.
The first stage in this process is a visual inspection for obvious signs of damage-these range from tiles or shingles that are cracked (or in extreme cases, missing), beaten by the weather or warped. If you are able to access the attic space, you should look for clear signs of leaking-if you spot mold or other fungus, it may be time to call in the roofers.
Whether to have the roof repaired or entirely replaced is dependent on the type of damage it has sustained. Simply making a repair is of course a much less expensive task, but you should take advice from the roofing contractor; simply repairing a major problem may mean more work is necessary later. The costs for replacing an entire roof can be high, which again is dependent on the material used and where you live (because roofers’ charges vary from state to state). However, you should expect that replacing the entire roof on an average sized house would cost at least $5000. The good news is that newly replaced roofs can be coated with materials such as EPDM, which is a waterproof rubber coating, which helps to protect the top of the house and thus ensures it lasts longer.
If you have opted to have the roof entirely replaced, you may sting slightly from the expense. However, keep note of the fact that, because modern roofs are energy efficient, you will immediately be saving money on your monthly heating bills. In addition to the fact that a new and modern roof can increase the value of one’s home, the expense, in a number of circumstances, can be worthwhile.