Your home’s roof is arguably one of the most important aspects of your Texas home.
And while nobody likes the thought of having to replace a roof, the crucial protective and aesthetic function it serves can’t be ignored.
Roofs, like everything in life, have an expiration date. Sometimes a roof will reach the end of its usefulness naturally without any major failures to protect the literal roof over your head…other times if you wait too long you may be victim to leaks and water damages.
This makes looking for the early warning signs of needing a new roof installation vital to making sure your new roof doesn’t end up turning into a bigger (and more expensive) project than it eventually needs to be.
The average service life of a roof is approximately 20 to 25 years. The actual service life depends on how well it was constructed, how well the weather treated it, the materials used, and how well it was maintained.
This is about the time an inspection will be necessary and a new roof should be considered. For new homeowners, however, an inspection should be immediately done to understand the state and condition in which their new roof is found under and consider a new roof all together depending on the results.
According to research, the national average cost of a new roof installation in the United States is around $8,000 to $20,000 with the median price around $11,000. Pricing varies greatly depending on the materials used, size, complexity of the job and more.
But before you go opening up that wallet let’s take a look at some basic indicators that might mean you actually do need to call your roofing contractor ASAP….
Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:
- Curled edges of shingles
- Bald spots on shingles
- Discoloration of roofing materials
- Cracking and tearing or sunken valleys
- Neighbors installing new roofs (homes built around the same time tend to need roofs around the same time too)
- Streaking or stains
- Moss or algae (holds moisture against roofing surfaces and can cause deterioration)
Shopping Tips when Looking for a New Roof Installation Contractor
When dropping this kind of cash you want to make sure you have a contractor that will do the job right the first time. Here are a few quick tips to help you find the best company for a new roof installation project.
Do your homework
Research your options online. Talk to friends, family and co-workers that have had new roofs installed. Ask about the process, things they liked about their service and what they would have improved.
Take note and determine what aspects of their experience you would like to replicate when you hire a contractor. Bring these up with contractors when you are vetting potential candidates.
Check out reviews
These days it isn’t hard to find feedback on prospective roofing companies. Check out consumer reviews online and ask for references you can talk to.
Ask about materials
Professional installation is important, but so are the materials they use. Make sure the materials come with a generous manufacturer warranty.