Roof Replacement Signs and Options

Damaged Roof that Needs to Be ReplacedRoof replacement is not something you want to delay or leave to chance.

Knowing the signs of roof decay is important for taking action to preserve the value of your home in Naperville and protect it from weather damage.

In this article, we explain the signs you need to know that call for roof replacement and the options available when you contact Countryside Roofing, Siding, and Windows a roofing company with over 40 years of experience serving Naperville and DuPage County.

What are the signs I need a roof replacement?

There are quite a number of warning signs your roof is past its prime. The most obvious are leaks in the attic and ceiling, but seeing sunlight through the roof in the attic is also a sure sign that parts of your roof are no longer impermeable.

The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 20-25 years and an indicator in itself. As roofs pass their 25th birthday it is about time to install a new one.

Other signs involve the condition of the shingles themselves. If you spot a few shingles missing they can be replaced individually but if there are many missing it is a sign of a need for total replacement. If shingles begin curling or cupping, it is more than likely that weathering has taken a toll on your roof and leaks are quickly on the way. Cracked shingles indicate wind damage and also call for replacement.

One of the subtlest signs you need roof replacement is how much the shingles have lost their granules. The granules protect the shingle from sun damage and while it’s natural to lose a little over the years if you begin to find granules in the gutter on an older roof this is a signal of approaching deterioration.

What are my replacement options?

There are a variety of popular shingles to cover your new roof. All do the job in slightly different ways and at different costs.

  • Asphalt Shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most common and cheapest option for roofing. They do not last as long as other options but are easier to install and last 20-25 years.
  • Wood Shake. For a really beautiful aesthetic, wood shake shingles provide a traditional and gorgeous appearance. They can however be a maintenance nightmare and can be prone to rot termites, and fire, if not treated properly.
  • Slate. Slate roofs are increasingly popular for their good wear and excellent appearance. They are more expensive but worth the expense for their natural look and long life of more than 50 years.
  • Tile. Tile roofs offer many different options in pattern and color arrangements. Tiles also are easier to individually replace than other shingle types and last a longer time.
  • Metal. Metal roofs are an expensive but long-lasting option for your roof. Metal roofs last the longest because they do not sustain the same damage as other materials under the same conditions.

How does the type of roof influence the costs?

Roofs come in different shapes and sizes and this influences the end cost of roof replacement. Most commonly, costs are based on square footage and material used to cover the roof, but other factors can influence the price.

Steep roofs are much harder to work with than those with lower slopes and are thus more expensive to the roof. Tudor or Chateau style roofs typically feature steep angles and cost more. The amount of flashing required for chimneys and skylights will also add to costs as it is difficult to seal different materials together and this must be done effectively with care.

Finally, the precondition of a roof can influence the cost of roof replacement. Asphalt shingles can be applied in layers, but if there are more than two at present one or all will have to be removed. If the current layer has bubbling or irregularities, these will impact the new layer and need to be removed as another source for added labor costs.