If your roof is approaching the end of its useful life, or if it has been damaged excessively from hail, ice dams, or other weather-related events, then it is probably time to start thinking about doing a full roof replacement. While this is a costly job and an involved process, it will ultimately add significant value to your home, as well as the curb appeal of your property. In addition to the increased value to your asset, you will ultimately be saving yourself a lot of money in minor repairs and upkeep due to leaks, heat loss, and other issues that are common with old, failing, or poorly-installed roofs.
If your roof is approaching the end of its life, or if you are unsure whether or not you should begin planning to replace your roof or just simply repair the problem areas, then contact us today for an inspection, or to schedule a meeting with one of our roof installation professionals to discuss the specifics of a roof replacement. Each roof is different, and we approach each job with the attention that it requires in order to give each of our customers a high-quality, long-lasting roof that suits their needs and fits their budget. Read more below about the basics of a roof replacement, and contact us now to begin the process of updating this essential part of your home.
The Basics of a Roof Replacement
When you are replacing your roof, there will be quite a few options that you will choose from, all of which the team at Jackson Contracting Inc. will happily guide you through.
A major decision to make is which material you will choose for your new roof. There are pros and cons of each, which you will be able to discuss in greater detail while planning your replacement. The most common materials to choose from are:
- Asphalt shingles – Least expensive
- Metal roofing – Durable, long-lasting, and attractive
- Slate roof – Often difficult to maintain, but very attractive
- Wood shingles – Durable and attractive, but have little fire resistance
- Impact-resistant shingles – If you are concerned about defending your home against hail damage, then this is a more expensive but very durable option
Roof Replacement Season
One obvious concern about replacing your roof is exposing your home to the elements. It is extremely important to us that we time a roof replacement appropriately, and execute the removal and installation in a timely but calculated fashion. If your roof is damaged and requires immediate replacement, then we will work to address your needs as soon as possible. However, if you are planning to replace a roof, we will work to schedule your replacement in a time that makes sense for the weather and for your convenience. We are happy to discuss your needs and to determine a replacement schedule that makes the most sense for you.
How a Roof Replacement Works
Replacing a roof is a complicated process — one that our team has extensive experience executing for homeowners. The details of a roof replacement changes depending on a variety of factors that go into making each house, and each roof, unique, but below is a general timeline of the roof replacement process in Indianapolis.
- Removing existing shingles or other roofing material
- Making necessary repairs to plywood sheathing
- Install new ice dam protection where appropriate
- Apply roofing paper as an additional weather barrier
- Install and/or replace flashing as necessary
- Install tab shingles
- Install shingles, apply flashing at any high-risk areas for leaks, and install ridge vent to finish the installation
- Site cleanup and debris removal
- Final building inspection and approval
Depending on the condition of your existing roof, any damage that needs to be addressed, and any complications present, the exact process will vary. We will work with you to explain any and all unique issues with your roof so that you are able to be aware of all of the work that we are doing for you.
When Do You Need a Roof Replacement?
Some people question whether or not they need a roof replacement in Indianapolis. After all, it’s a major expense. If you’re questioning whether or not you should hire someone to work on your roof, there are a few things you should know.
Before making the decision, consider a few factors. If you have any of the following, you should get your roof replaced.
1. Your Roof is Old
Different types of roofs have different life spans. Typically, a roof with asphalt shingles only lasts about 12 to 15 years. Meanwhile, roofs made of metal or tile tend to last a little longer.
Find out when your roof was originally built or last replaced. Then, consider the average lifespan of your roof type. If it’s approaching the lifespan, you should get it replaced. This can prevent you from experiencing a leaky roof that costs you thousands of dollars in damage.
It’s important to realize that a roof overlay is not the same as a replacement. If the previous owners of your home did an overlay, that does not extend the lifespan of your roof by much. The process is merely an immediate fix that may only be a bandaid for serious damage. Therefore, it doesn’t make your roof last much longer.
2. You Can See Curling or Missing Shingles
Roof damage isn’t always visible. But when it is, you have a problem. You should get it replaced as soon as possible.
There are several reasons for missing or curling shingles. Over time, the snow, sun, and rain cause wear and tear to your roof. Although the materials can withstand quite a beating, they start to show signs of age. Regularly scan the top of your home and look for visible damage. Additionally, look in your gutter for debris or granules from your shingles. These are all signs of decay, and signs that you need a new roof.
3. The Flashing is Damaged or Broken
One of the parts of your roof is known as the flashing. It prevents moisture from gathering in the joints of your roof. By doing so, it limits water damage.
Your flashing could be made with tar, cement, or metal. And as time passes, the material can break down. If you see any damaged or broken flashing, it could be too late. Your roofing system may have water damage and require replacement.
4. You Have Ice Dams
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that develops at the edge of a roof. When one forms, it’s a sign that there is an issue with ventilation.
This is because a poorly ventilated attic allows heat to dissipate and melt snow on a roof. As it melts, it goes into your gutters and over the edge of your dwelling. The cold air instantly freezes the melted snow and causes a dam. When more snow melts, it builds up and causes the dam to grow.
The result is an icicle. Although they might be picturesque, they are also bad news. Icicles can quickly pull your roof apart. As a result, water can seep into the under layers of your roof. It soaks them and causes serious damage to the structure.
In January, the average temperature in Indianapolis is 20 degrees. If you have roof damage, the potential for an ice dam is high.
5. Discoloration on Your Walls and Ceiling
If you have stains on your walls or ceilings, you could have a problem with your roof. The stains could also appear on the exterior of your home. While they are unsightly, they are also a sign of water damage.
When you first notice discoloration, check your attic. It’s possible that there is a leak somewhere in your roof. Soggy insulation is a sign of a leak and a sign that you need a roof replacement.
Although you might be tempted to view the damage yourself, avoid doing so. Walking on your roof comes with risks, and should be left for the experts. However, if you’ve already ascended your roof and found soft spots, you could have water damage. You are an excellent candidate for a roof replacement.
6. You Have Animals in Your Home
If you have pests inside your home, they have an entryway. Unfortunately, their entrance might be through a missing or rotting portion of your roof. Raccoons, birds, bats, and possums can find their way in through the damaged area. Then, they can do even more damage to your roof.
While a pest control specialist can help you get rid of your animal intruders, they can’t keep the issue from happening again. It’s likely that you need a roof replacement to prevent further intrusion.
How to Choose the Right Company for Replacement
The right roofers can get your roof replaced quickly and properly. However, the wrong ones can leave you with a low-quality roof and a major headache. Before you hire a contractor, you should do your research.
When choosing the right company, there are a few things you should consider. For instance, you should do all of the following while searching for your contractor:
1. Make Sure They are Insured
Working with an uninsured roofer puts your home and your finances at risk. Therefore, you should always ask a company about their liability insurance and worker’s compensation. You can ask to view their certificates, or you can call the insurance company to verify that they are insured.
By working with an insured company, you can prevent liability issues. You can also take comfort in knowing that you are dealing with a professional business.
2. Look for Someone Local
When it comes to your home and your roof, you deserve the best. This often means working with a local company. They should have a good reputation in your community.
If you work with a local business, you don’t have to worry about the company disappearing after the job. In the future, you can easily find them and discuss any warranty issues.
3. Don’t Focus on the Price
The price of your roofing job isn’t everything. Although you deserve a fair price, you shouldn’t make the cost your sole focus. Cheaper isn’t always better.
For example, people who charge lower prices often cut corners. They need to make a profit too, so they might skimp on their insurance, materials, or workmanship. Your cheap roofing job could end up with you need another roof replacement in only a few years. Often, it’s better to pay more up-front for a quality roofing job.
4. Don’t Let the Company Seek Out You
If a storm recently hit your area, you might have several people coming to your door with offers to replace your roof. However, you should look elsewhere. Often, door-to-door salespeople are just storm chasing.
Unless you do extensive research on the company, you can’t trust them. They could use forceful methods to convince you to replace your roof. Instead of working with someone you know nothing about, you should look for a reputable company. With a little research, you may be able to find someone who can get the job done the right way.
5. Look for Someone with Great Communication
When it comes to a roof replacement in Indianapolis, communication is key. Your contractor needs to communicate with you well to get you the right results.
As you search for a company, consider their communication. Did you have to wait days for someone to call you back? What do customers say about their communication in reviews? If you think communication will be an issue, look elsewhere.
Contact Us Today
Whether you need your roof replaced yesterday, or need to begin planning for a replacement in the future, contact us today to speak with a roofing contractor in Indianapolis to learn about how we can help you with your needs. Our experience and high-quality standards will ensure that your replacement roof is the upgrade that you hope for, with a team that you can trust. We look forward to working with you.