Replacing a roof is often one of the most significant expenses of owning a home, so it is unsurprising that most homeowners try and put off roof replacement as long as possible. The 2019 Residential Metal Roofing Buyer’s Guide from the Metal Roofing Alliance, offers homeowners some warning signs that it is in fact time to replace your roof.
Some of the signs to look for are missing, loose, or damaged roofing material. Whether you have shingles or tile or a metal roof already, any missing roofing material or material that is curling, cracking, or breaking means that your roof is probably reaching the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Other warning signs include damage inside your home or unexpectedly high heating and cooling bills. If your roof is no longer watertight mold and mildew can begin to form inside your home, and damaged roofing can cause increases in your utility expenses. If any of these issues start to happen, then it is probably time to consider a roof replacement.
If it is time to replace your roof, then there are a couple of consideration the MRA recommends that you think about when selecting a new roof.
For instance, if you live in an area that experiences high winds, hurricanes, wildfires, or hail, then you should consider roofing materials that are tested for, and rated, to handle those conditions. Your roof will most likely need to meet building codes or insurance policy requirements as well. Materials like asphalt shingles, for instance, do not perform well in high winds, take significant damage from hail, and are not rated well for fire resistance.
For areas that experience heavy snow, it is also important to consider the weight load the roofing material is rated for. Snow guards, to prevent large snow movements from the roof, should also be considered.
Other considerations you should be aware of include the average lifespan of the roofing material, warranties, cost, aesthetics, and long-term performance.
If you think it might be time to replace your roof and you’d like to learn more about the options available to you and how to select the right material for your next roof, check out the MRA’s 2019 Residential Metal Roofing Buyer’s Guide!
Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.