When is the right time to replace your roof?
In Texas, there are very high temperatures that will affect the lifespan of your roof, so you should always be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear. Instead of being blindsided by leaks and water damage throughout your home, you can monitor the roof and have it replaced when the time is right. Asphalt shingle roofs can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years, depending on many different factors. Recently they have improved design of some of the asphalt shingles. These Lifetime shingles are still projected to last 40 years tops. But time will tell, because these lifetime shingles are still a new product.
What material should you use on your home?
The materials used to make shingle are what’s key to longevity for a roof. Asphalt shingles, are made with a layer of cellulose fibers or recycled paper topped with asphalt and gravel. These have been around for decades and are used for the fare majority of homes in Houston. However, these shingles are not very good at taking a beating from the sun, which can pose a problem in this region. When damaged by the sun, these shingles may start to curl, have blisters, and even become brittle.
Luckily, within the past few decades engineers have designed a new and improved shingle that can withstand higher temperatures than their organic counterparts. Instead of the organic layer of cellulose or paper, a layer of fiberglass completes the shingle. The fiberglass allows the material to expand and contract much more, so it can withstand the heat more efficiently – leading to increased longevity for the roof.
In Houston, asphalt shingles used on over 95% of the homes. They are popular because of their low cost, beleive it or not, they are the least expensive option. Essentially, they can get the job done and last for 10 to 40 years mostly dependent on the type of asphalt shingle and manufacturer the shingle. They are very reliable, however, asphalt shingles are not the longest lasting option.
Metal roofs provide a long lasting, durable and energy efficient alternative to shingles. Metal roofs last up to 50 years or more, which is double the lifespan of residential asphalt shingles. The styling of metal roofing has improved makes it an even better choice than it used to be.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay or concrete tile roofs in general have a longer lifespan and can reasonably be expected to last between 20 and 40 years. The tiles themselves last longer than even 40 years, because they do not rot. Than the problem with this roofing system is that the underlayment will go bad, causing the need for replacement. In the long run it is very important not to try and save money on the underlayment for these tiles and to strategically space them so the roof can have optimum ventilation, in order to keep your attic cooler and improve the longevity of your roof. Another benefit to tile roofs are that the tiles are fireproof therefore considered to be safer for that reason.
Tile roofs sometimes require additional bracing, if the homeowner is switching from a shingle roof to tile. How one’s home is built can determine how much weight the roof can take.
Cost Considerations for Roofs
We a Quality Roofing and Contracting understand that the cost of roofing is an extremely important issue. Everyone knows that clay and concrete tiles are higher priced than asphalt shingles, but there are other factors to consider when discussing the cost of owning clay or concrete tiles. Keep in mind that you should always consider the appraisal value of your home as well. Concrete and clay have the best value in this regard and can increase the appraisal price of your home significate. Depending on the style and size of your home it has been known to increase the value even more than $100,000. When considering that the tiles can last a half a century with proper maintenance, it is clear why many homeowners choose the initial expense of clay or concrete roofs. Within 50 years, a home owner would replace a traditional shingled roof once or even twice, and with the asphalt shingle being made with petroleum products, that 1st replacement roof will likely cost you more than the tile or clay roof will cost you in today’s prices.
Asphalt shingles have been used for most homes, and are very reliable. Feel comfortable with your roof choice prior to commencing work on the project. If you would like to discuss the pros and cons of both of these popular roofing types, contact one of our roofing professionals. We can also do metal roofs for close to the same price as asphalt Shingles. We will help you decide what type will best suit your home and your family’s needs.
When to Repair Your Old Roof
All roofs will need to be replaced eventually. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if the time is right for you.
Spot repairs obviously are much less expensive than full replacements. If most of your roof is in good shape, it makes sense to spot fix the problem areas and save money. For wind damage, contact your homeowner’s insurance and see if they cover repairs.
The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Roof
It is true that some roofs may have partial damage to only one side. In a case like that it would make sense to do only a partial re-roof – which could save you thousands. If you think your roof needs to be completely replaced, here are a few other things to consider:
- The age and condition of the current shingles or underlayment
- The climate
- The susceptibility to future damage
- The look of your roof
- The cost of asphalt shingle go up regularly mostly because they are made from petroleum
- Can you have your home owners insurance pay for 90% of the cost right now
- The technology of some of today’s asphalt shingles are projected to last much longer than the shingles manufactured just 5 years ago.
If these things are a concern for yours, than those are reasons to consider re-roofing with today’s stronger, more durable roofing materials.