This is a discussion for the ages and one of the biggest challenge’s homeowners face. Look, I get it. Who the heck wants to spend their hard, earned dollars on something so uninspiring as roof replacement! Believe it or not as roofing product design, color selection and technology have evolved a new roof can have a significant impact on your home’s appearance and value!
Here are the reasons you should be replacing your roof. Yes, waiting until you have visible or structural damage is one of them but it is the absolute wrong reason. You wouldn’t drive on tires that are worn to the radials because disaster can happen. Ask yourself, why would you do this to the most significant structure on your home, the roof? It literally protects every other part of the home!
On a sperate note, we will never roof over an existing roof. If your roof needs replacing and you roof over your existing problems you are asking for trouble. Although manufacturers tell you it does not void the shingle warranty, it’s the perfect out for them if you have issues down the road. For me as a roofer, not tearing off the old failing roof materials doesn’t allow me to see and address the real problems. I want to tear the roof coverings off, inspect all of your ridges, hips valley, side walls, skylights, chimneys and penetrations. Only now can I have an exact understanding of what we are dealing with, everything else is a guesstimate! You wouldn’t take your car to the autobody shop and ask them to paint over the dents and rust would you? Why would you do that to your most valuable investment, your family’s home?