When thinking about home improvement, roof damage and replacement is not always at the forefront of the homeowner’s mind. Oftentimes, home improvement tasks that demand attention because of their high visibility, such as a new kitchen or bath remodel, take priority. If replacing a roof is put off indefinitely, it could result in more severe problems that affect the rest of your home. Especially for homeowners in Florida, you want to prepare with a strong and secure roofing system when the next hurricane or tropical storm rolls around.
Visible Wear On the Roofing System
Extensive shingle or shingle granule loss is a common and easy to identify characteristics of roof shingles that need attention. The granules on shingles are important for providing protection against UV ray degradation and fire. When the roof loses granules or shingles altogether, the layers below become vulnerable to the elements. This can eventually cause roof leaks.
The same negative outcome happens due to tile roof damage. Missing and cracked tiles can happen for reasons such as impact from foot traffic or severe tropical weather. Older tiles will eventually crack due to the microscopic stress from expansion and contraction under the sun over decades of time.
Metal roofs will show signs of wear with rust, dents, and missing fasteners from the same factors: exposure and time. After many years, the metal roof’s protective finish will wear down in some areas and allow rust to take hold. The impact from outside forces will bend seams, allowing water to seep through and cause leaks while advancing rust damage. Oil canning refers to the dimpling effect occurring on metal roofing panels, especially those without striations. This happens to many older metal roofs as well but is not something that causes roof damage leading to a compromised roofing system.
Multiple Roof Leaks
A roof repair is the answer when dealing with an isolated roof leak or small area of roof damage. Multiple roof leaks point to a bigger problem though. Depending on the amount of time roof leaks are active, damage to the roof deck is likely as well. A consistently wet plywood roof deck or one that is exposed to the elements due to missing roof components will quickly start to rot. If your roof is at this point, it’s usually best to go through with a roof replacement so that the roof deck can be exposed in order to see the extent of the roof damage. Once the roof is open, individual plywood deck sheets will be replaced as needed. The cost to repair multiple roof leaks may outweigh the cost of a roof replacement.
If your roof damage is due to a hurricane or other type of natural disaster, you may be eligible to file a claim with your insurance company. Alliance Group can help you with your home insurance claim process for which we work for the insurance proceeds.
Roofing Material Life Spans
As with any product, your roof’s usable life will depend on the material’s quality and the quality of the installation. These factors affect your materials but overall, different material types have expected life spans before it’s clear that a roof replacement is needed.
3-Tab shingles are known as a budget product that can last between 15 to 18 years. Architectural shingles are a superior product that typically lasts 25 to 30 years.
Concrete tile typically lasts 35 to 50 years.
Metal Roofing Panels
Galvalume mill finished metal roofs can last anywhere between 30 to 45 years. While galvalume panels with an added protective coating, such as Kynar 500 paint, can last longer.