Your roof is designed to protect you from the elements. And if your roof is constructed correctly, it does a pretty good job. It keeps the rain away, keeps the snow from filling your house, and it keeps the wind from whipping your back. But your roof pays a price for this protection. Over time, the elements can wear away at the infrastructure of your roof, causing damage to build up over time. When your roof is damaged, the protection it offers begins to wane, and even more problems can develop within your home—rotting wood, mold buildup, and other expensive structural issues included.
The solution, then, is to make sure your roof is in good repair. Your insurance company will often inspect your roof (unbidden), but it’s not a bad idea to take a look for yourself every once in a while. When shingles begin to appear weathered, warped, or missing, it’s time to call for a professional inspection. Likewise, if you start noticing issues inside your home—leaks, cracks, obvious water damage—it’s time to get an opinion on the soundness of your roof. The sooner you get your roof inspected and repaired or replaced, the more money you’ll save yourself in related repair costs in the future.
Most roof replacement projects in the Twin Cities take place between the months of May and September. Usually, any amount of snow prevents all but the most basic roof repair operations during winter. This can lead to significant problems if leaky roofs are not addressed before the spring melting season begins. Many homeowners like to address any suspect roof conditions before the onset of winter, so as to enjoy a little bit of piece of mind over the course of the season.
Roofs can go bad for any number of reasons. More than almost any part of your house, they are exposed to the elements—and Mother Nature takes a toll on just about everything it touches. That’s true with extreme cases of Mother Nature as well. For example, roofs are often damaged by thunder storms. Hail, extreme winds (capable of ripping off shingles), and even excessive rain can all have a detrimental impact on your roof. If a hail storm recently traveled through your area, it’s not a bad idea to have your roof inspected.
If the inspection finds hail, wind, or water damage to your roof, and if a storm caused that damage, it’s likely that the damage is therefore widespread and you will likely need to replace your entire roof. This could involve not only replacing the shingles on your roof, but also replacing the plywood beneath, depending on the condition of all the components.
It’s also possible that your roof has reached the end of its lifespan. Most modern roofs have a lifespan somewhere between 10-15 years. This can vary with the materials used to construct the roof—but the average roof is comprised of asphalt shingles, and the ten year mark is pretty standard for the lifespan of those shingles. If it’s been over ten years since your roof was replaced, it may indeed be time to start thinking about a new roof.
There are a lot of variables when calculating the cost of a new roof. But there are a few things we can talk about that will help narrow it down a bit.
In general, the cost of a roof replacement on the low end averages around $5,000 – but on the high end, for larger roofs, can run upwards of $12,000-15,000. Most homes lie somewhere in the middle.
While roof replacement can definitely be a big job, it’s one that we can take care of and have complete in a matter of days. It’s also a great investment to make in the longevity and the value of your home. So if you’re looking to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a secure, strong, and robust roof that will last for years, contact Exterior Contracting, Inc., to get started right away!