Your roof is a complex system that protects your home from the elements and keeps your house in good shape. As soon as you detect a problem with your roof, it’s best to call a professional to assess what damage has been done and to provide a detailed estimate for repairs or if necessary, replacement. That’s where Atlas Roofing comes in. Call Atlas early to make sure you avoid costly roofing problems down the line.
Atlas Roofing provides services repairing and replacing:
- Asphalt composition shingle roofs
- cedar shake roofs
- metal roofs
- tile roofs
- ventilation systems
Roof Repair Vs Roof Replacement – How Do You Know Which Is Right?
One of the difficult questions that homeowners often face is knowing when their roof should be repaired and when it should be replaced altogether. Asphalt shingle roofs often last between 12 and 20 years and other kinds of roofs can last up to 50 years, maybe more if properly maintained.
The key to roof repairs is getting in there early, before imperceptible water damage spreads.
All it takes is an inspection! Atlas does that ‘look-see’ and then lays out the differences in cost, considers the life span of your existing roof and then provides objective advice about whether to repair or replace.
Here are some basics:
- Generally speaking, if more than a third of your roof is damaged (after a storm or a harsh season) then the whole thing should be replaced.
- If shingles are missing or torn, soffits are rotten or wet, then likely it’s time for a new roof.
- Just like when your car is ‘totaled’ Atlas determines if the roof is worth repairing or not. If the cost of the repairs exceeds the value of the roof, then roof replacement is the best option for the long term.
Signs of Roof Problems
Most roof problems manifest in leaks. If you notice any paint discoloration on the ceiling, chipped or cracked paint on the walls, loose wallpaper or discoloration of any kind, you may have a leak. Go into the attic and see if there is any sign of water damage – mold on the roof deck, rafters, wet insulation, warped wood, etc. You may also notice roof damage because there’s a spike in your utility bills. If the roof is leaking, and the attic insulation is wet, then the insulation material will not insulate your home as efficiently and will result in higher energy consumption and higher utility bills for you.
Regular Roof Inspections & Preventative Maintenance
Here’s a tip: have a roof inspection done by a qualified professional once a year. For older roofs it may be best to check the roof before and after the winter season. You’ll thank us in the long run!