Atlanta roofing expert offers tips to check for problems

Atlanta roofing expert offers tips to check for problems

What are some signs a roof needs repairs or replacement?

Excessive amounts of asphalt granules in your gutters can be a sign of shingles aging prematurely. You may also see missing shingles, a sign that roofing nails are starting to come out.

And if you are in your attic and see stains in the plywood decking, it's a sign your roof is leaking and needs to be checked and possibly repaired.

For most repairs, we see pipe boots for things like bathroom and HVAC exhaust fans cracking and failing. We'll also see improperly installed valleys that tend to begin leaking early. Poorly installed skylights are another common issue we see.

How can I make my roof last longer?

The key to a lasting roof is making sure it's properly ventilated. If there's not enough ventilation, the attic area will become very hot and the shingles will become blistered and damaged.

An attic shouldn't be more than 120 degrees typically in the summer. It also shouldn't have excessive moisture, which is another sign of poor ventilation.

How do you determine whether to repair or replace a roof?

We give estimates for repairs and replacement. If you have something like a 20-year-old roof with excessive granule loss, cracked flashing and otherwise just not holding up, it's definitely on the borderline for replacement.

It's up to the homeowner, but it's a question of spending $1,000 on repairs this year and every year for the next few years, or making a bigger investment in replacing the roof and not having to worry about repairs for 20 years.

What affects the price of roof replacement?

Most roofs in our area are either 25-year standard three-tab shingles or 30-year architectural or dimensional shingles. The price of a roof replacement is determined by the size of the roof and the amount of material needed.

Other considerations that may affect the price include how steeply pitched the roof is, how difficult it is to access the site, and if the roof has a lot of valleys or broken up sections.

A typical roof takes about 4,000 square feet of material and can range between $9,000 and $11,000. If a roof is installed correctly, the roof should last the rated life of the shingle.


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