One day I was working in my yard when I noticed small pieces of what looked like roofing material, on the ground. I looked around the house and found even more of them, including some old nails. When I looked at my roof, which is composed of asphalt shingles, I noticed how old my roof had become. I tried to remember when the last time was that I had replaced it and realized had been over 10 years ago. I remembered that the roofing contractor told me that my roof had a 20 year warranty. So how come it was losing little pieces all over my property?
This same scenario is happening to many homeowners throughout Southern California. Their roof needs to be replaced, but most people don't know what to look for to determine that this is the case. A roof starts to age after about 10 years even though the materials used today are guaranteed for up to 20-30 years and sometimes even a lifetime! There are many things that are creating those symptoms, one of them is wear and tear that is caused by our climate, or high wind events and heavy rains, as well as leaves that are sticking and gathering over the roof and getting into the gutters, creating leaks and other issues. It also may have been a bad roofing job.
Leaks are the most popular signs of an aging roof and it will usually start to show as spots and stains throughout the ceiling of your home. In more serious stages, the water will drip through the ceiling or heating vents and sometimes even through recessed light fixtures, skylights or windows.
The roof is the cover of our homes, it is exposed to all weather elements and it should be inspected once every few years. It needs to be cleaned once in a while and as a homeowner you should plan to have it inspected, especially before the approaching winter. The roof can be checked by a professional general contractor or a professional roofer. Remodeling California offers this service to customers free of charge as well as free estimates for repairing or replacement.
Replacing a roof is not a small project and can be pricy, so it needs to be done right, with permits by the city for inspection. Also, roofing materials come in different styles, materials and colors and should be shown to the homeowner for his or her selection. Once all is in place and the roofing project starts the process shouldn't take long and usually can be completed within a week.
There are different kinds of roofing projects that a house might need:
- A compete tear off, including new plywood and new roofing materials.
- A second or third layer over the existing roofing materials that are only for composition shingles. This is often called "asphalt" roof.
- A roof repair where a small area of the house has experienced some leaking or the roof itself is showing signs of peeling. Sometimes dry rot of the wood itself can be found in specific areas. At times this type of repair can be tricky and may be difficult to find the source of the leak.
- Based on the architect of your home, a tile or cement roof is a popular choice. This can be hard to repair, but easy to replace as new roof. Remember the roof above your head is no joking matter. It should be checked before it causes leaking problems and other issues to the interior and the exterior of the house.
Rain gutters are also highly recommended to protect the wood trim around your property as well as the exterior walls of stucco and paint.
Again, choosing the right contractor can make all the difference. We at Remodeling California have been doing roof repairs and replacements for many years and will be happy to come and check on your roof free of charge.