What You Need to Know About Roof Replacements

by | Aug 3, 2023 | Residential Roofing

Whether roof damage occurs from a storm or natural aging, no homeowner wants to hear the dreaded words “roof replacement.” That’s because these projects can be costly and time consuming.

If you choose the wrong roofer, you could be left with a mess – both in your yard and with your insurance company. On the other hand, if you take the time to learn about roof replacements, you can understand what to expect from the process.

What is a roof replacement?

A roof replacement involves removing your current roof and installing a new roofing system. A complete roofing system includes several parts, including:

  • Roofing material – the asphalt shingles or metal roofing panels that typically come to mind when you think of a roof.
  • Roof decking – the wooden boards that form the surface of your roof. In many cases, the roofing contractor will not know if the decking needs to be replaced until the old roof is removed.
  • Underlayment – a water-resistant barrier between the roof decking and roofing material.
  • Ice and water shield – a waterproof membrane applied to the areas of your roof most prone to leaks from ice damming.
  • Ridge cap – a type of roofing material that covers the ridge of a pitched roof – where the two sides of the roof meet.
  • Roof flashing – a thin material, usually galvanized steel, that directs water away from vulnerable places such as where the roof plane meets a vertical surface like a dormer, chimney, vent, or skylight.
  • Drip edge – a type of roof flashing that protects the roof’s edge.
  • Ventilation system – vents that allow heat and moisture to escape the attic.
  • Pipe boots – rubber flashing used to prevent water from entering the attic through an exhaust vent.

With a new roofing system, you generally receive a manufacturer warranty and peace of mind knowing that you have years before natural aging lessens the effectiveness of your roof.

How to Know If you Need a Roof Replacement

A roof inspection from a licensed roofing contractor is the only definitive way to know whether a leaking roof can be repaired or needs to be replaced. However, there are a few situations where a roof replacement is more likely.

If your roof is near the end of its expected lifespan, repairs are unlikely to provide a lasting solution. For that reason, a responsible roofing contractor will likely recommend replacement. A roof’s useful life depends on the material and how it has been impacted by the elements. In general, asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 30 years. Metal roofs have a much longer lifespan and routinely last 50 years or more.

Severe storm damage is another scenario that could require a roof replacement. For example, a hurricane can damage the entire roof which makes replacement the only option. Similarly, hailstorms often damage such a large portion of a roof that repair is not possible.

Finally, prolonged leaks can lead to rotten or severely damaged roof decking. If roof decking is damaged in multiple places, replacement is often the best solution.

The Roof Replacement Process

After a storm or when you notice a leak in your roof, you first need to contact a local, licensed, and insured roofing company to inspect the damage. If the roofer determines that your roof needs to be replaced, you will then contact your insurance company to see if the replacement is covered by your policy. The right roofing company will take this work off your plate and guide you through the insurance claim process.

Next is the exciting part – choosing your new roof. If you’re in the market for a budget-friendly option, asphalt shingles could be the right choice. This type of roofing material is available in many attractive colors and some varieties provide enhanced energy efficiency. If you need a more durable option, metal roofing is an excellent choice. Modern metal options are versatile and can mimic the look of most other roofing materials, like shingles or even clay tiles.

Once your roofing materials arrive, your roofing contractor will begin tearing off the old roof. If this process doesn’t reveal any additional problems that need to be addressed, your new roof can be installed.

Typically, roof replacements can be completed in one to three days, but larger or more complex roofs can take up to two weeks. You can remain in your home during a roof replacement, but it could be noisy.

Choosing a Roofer for a Roof Replacement

The right roofing contractor can make all the difference in your roof replacement. These tips for finding the best roofer in your area can help you choose the right company.

When choosing a roofer, be sure to pick a company that is local, licensed, and insured. The right roofer will also provide a wide selection of quality materials, top-notch craftsmanship, and friendly local service.

Roof Replacement by Complete Roofing

When your roof needs to be replaced, turn to the experts at Complete Roofing. We are a local, licensed, and insured roofing company with locations on the Mississippi coast, Alabama coast, and in the greater New Orleans area.

With Complete Roofing, you receive expert craftsmanship, a variety of resilient materials, and outstanding local service. Our team can inspect your home’s roof, repair or replace it, and even handle your insurance claim from start to finish.

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