If you’re dealing with roof leaks, storm damage or you think you’re approaching the end of your roof’s estimated lifespan, you probably have a few questions about your options. Or maybe you’re a homeowner and simply want to ensure that your roof is in good condition and ready to take on the next 10, 20 or 30 years, but you’re not sure what you can do.
Our team at Genuine Property Solutions wants to help you make the choices about your roof today that will pay off in the long run. Here are 5 of the most common questions we get from our customers regarding roof installation and repair and our recommendations for ensuring your roof lasts as long as possible.
Do I need to replace my entire roof if there are leaks?
You do not need to replace your entire roof if there is just one or two leaks. You do need to have the roof and leaks inspected by a professional roofing company in order to assess the overall damage and get necessary repairs completed quickly. If leaks aren’t addressed promptly, you risk water getting underneath the shingles and then potentially rotting the roof deck! If that happens, then yes, you may need to replace your whole roof.
How much does a new roof cost?
How much it costs to install a new roof depends very specifically on the building’s size, shape and location as well as other factors like which roof system components are necessary to ensure adequate protection and durability and which roof type is chosen (asphalt, metal). For homeowners in Columbia, South Carolina the average cost of a new roof can range from $2,000 to $7,500 or higher. A roofing professional is the best person to help you make choices about your roof replacement to fit your needs and budget. Click here for a free, no obligation estimate!
What is re-roofing and is this a good option for me?
Re-roofing is the process of installing a new roof on top of an older roof. Sometimes, this can be a good option for homeowners on a budget and if the older roof is in decent condition. Re-roofing is not recommended if there are already more than one layer of shingles or if there are suspected problems with the roof deck. We suggest speaking with one of our roofing professionals to find out if re-roofing is a good option for you.
How long will my roof last?
An asphalt roof will typically last around 20 years, while a metal roof might last as long as 50. Aside from the materials used in the installation of your roof, other factors effect its longevity. These factors include: wear and tear from weather (heavy snow fall, damaging winds) and adequate maintenance. For these reasons, we highly suggest that our customers implement the proper barriers and protective roofing layers to withstand severe weather conditions and also have their roof inspected routinely (every 6 months for example).
What are the black and green stains on my roof?
If you’ve noticed dark brown, black or green discoloration on your roof, that’s a sign its time to have your roof cleaned. The discolored areas are actually algae, moss or lichens growing on your roof and over time these plants can do severe damage to your roof system. If not cleaned away, they can eat through your shingles and cause deck damage, rot or mold. This is another reason why we recommend routine roof inspections and maintenance.
We hope this post helped clear some things up for you about your roof and what you can expect in terms of your roof’s lifespan, regular maintenance needs and options when it comes to repairing or installing a new roof. For additional roof related questions or to have your roof inspected by a professional, contact Genuine Property Solutions today!