When it comes time to replace your old roof, you will want to make sure that you choose a good quality new roof for your home. However, when choosing a new roof, there are many factors to consider that may impact your decision. In South Florida, where it can be sunny all day long, asphalt shingle roofs may not be the best choice. If your home is located in a hurricane area, asphalt roofing may not last as long as it should due to the exposure to large amounts of moisture and humidity. If you live in a hot climate, metal roofing may be the best option. In order to determine the type of roofing that will best fit your home and your budget, there are several important factors to take into consideration.
The most important way to determine if you need a new roof or re-roofing is to hire a qualified roofing contractor, but there are other signs that you might want to consider. A new roof replacement may be needed because of roof damage, especially if you live in an area that experiences high winds, rainstorms, hurricane season, or extreme sunlight. In these situations, standing water in your attic may cause extensive damage. Asphalt shingle roofs don’t hold up well to hail storms and heavy rainfall. Water that seeps into the ceiling cavities can create mold, mildew, and debris – all potential hazards that will require a thorough cleanup. When you discover evidence of water damage, speak to a licensed roofing contractor to find out if a repair is warranted.
Another sign that your home requires a new roof replacement is if you’ve spotted leaky pipes in your walls. Leaking roofing tiles is a common occurrence, and can indicate a more extensive plumbing issue, such as a leaky sewage pipe. Heavy rain may cause your gutters to become clogged, causing water to pour onto your ceilings and walls. This water will eventually break loose from the gutters, causing puddling. If this has been happening to you, contact your roofing contractor.
When you live in an area with a seasonal climate, such as the Gulf Coast, hurricane season can wreak havoc on your attic. Heavy rains can weaken the roofing on your house, causing it to expand and weaken in the same manner that an old roof does after a heavy snowfall. If your old roof cannot handle the extra weight, it simply needs to be replaced. Many times this can be accomplished by contacting a local roofing contractor who specializes in attic work. If your home has already suffered some type of damage due to a hurricane, your contractor can help you assess the extent of the damage to your old roof, and whether or not a new roof replacement is necessary.
Whether you’re dealing with minor damage to your roof or major damage that would make a new roof replacement necessary, it’s always smart to contact a qualified roofing company for advice and cost estimates. An experienced professional will have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to determine if a complete roof replacement is needed. Even if you are just having minor roofing issues repaired, hiring a roofing company to come and inspect your home and your attic is a wise investment. In addition, when you hire a reputable contractor, you’ll be guaranteed that they will complete the job correctly the first time.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best roofers in St. Petersburg, FL. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.