Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Roof

Although no one wants a disaster like a tornado or fire to damage their roof, it can be easier to decide to replace a roof when such an event takes place. The issue becomes more challenging when a roof develops small leaks, tears, and other common problems that can occur over time.

The last thing you want to do is ignore small problems and end up with a large repair bill or have to replace your roof prematurely. At the same time, you do not want to overreact to small problems and spend money unnecessarily. Dutton & Garfield understands that replacing a roof is a huge decision and that knowing when to do so is challenging. We hope the information we present in this blog will help.

How to Know When You Need a New Roof

The age of the roof is usually the most reliable indication that the time has come to replace it. You should have received an estimate for the lifespan of the roofing material when you had it installed. Most roofing material lasts at least 20 years.

If you did not receive an estimate or did not own your home at that time, take a photo of your roofing materials to a local hardware store. An employee should be able to help you determine the manufacturer, and you can contact that company to find out how long you can expect your roof to last on average. Here are some other indications that you need to consider new installation rather than having your roof repaired again:

  • You notice several cracked shingles.
  • Missing granules have created bald spots.
  • Shingle tabs and edges have become curled or cupped.
  • Algae, mold, or mildew have created spots and streaks on your roof.
  • Neighbors whose homes are about as old as yours are getting new roofs.
  • Your roof has attracted a large amount of moss.

We definitely recommend replacing a roof that is no longer under warranty from the manufacturer.

What Are the Most Popular Roofing Styles?

Asphalt roofing shingles are the most popular choice among today’s homeowners because they are inexpensive and easy to install. You also have several color choices when you opt to have asphalt shingles placed on your roof. Some of the most popular trends today include light brown, beige, off-white, taupe, blue, light colors, and soft green.

Homeowners appreciate metal roofing materials for their longevity. These tiles can last up to 50 years and stand up well to the demands of a Delaware winter. Slate roofs are popular in the Northeast, especially among people who own Gothic or Victorian-style homes. Also known for their longevity, wooden shingles are on the higher end of the price scale due to their durability and attractiveness.

Contact Dutton & Garfield for a Cost Estimate

Our company can appreciate that cost is often the biggest determining factor when planning new roofing installations. We invite you to contact us for an estimate and to further discuss your plans for a new roof.