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Roof Replacement: Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?

Sep 15, 2021

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Here’s everything you need to know about scheduling a roof replacement

A lot goes into a successful roof replacement. For one thing, you’ll have to decide if it’s time to replace your roof, rather than make repairs to prolong its lifespan. You’ll also need to select the right materials and design for your needs and budget. And of course, to ensure you get a sturdy, long-lasting roof, you’ll need to know how to choose the best pro roofer for the job. 

Here at Dolan Roofing & Construction, we’ve been replacing and repairing roofs for more than five years, with decades more combined experience among our professional team of roofers. In that time, we’ve learned that the best roof replacements require careful planning and the right team of roofers to execute. So in today’s post, we’re taking a closer look at roof replacements—and breaking down everything you need to know to get the best new roof possible for your home!

Should I repair or replace my roof?

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. After all, before planning a roof replacement, the first question you need to answer is: Do I need to replace my roof? That’s because roofing issues can often be addressed through well-timed repairs or a roof restoration.

Total cost of ownership and your roof

In general, the question of whether to repair or replace your roof comes down to total cost of ownership, or TCO. TCO is most often used by businesses, but it can also be used for consumer purchasing decisions, including homeowners looking to evaluate the comparative costs of replacing or repairing their roof.

Total cost of ownership includes installation, maintenance, and repair costs added up throughout the lifespan of a roof. As your roof ages, repairs become less effective, eventually making it a more cost-effective decision to replace your roof entirely in the long term.

When does a repair or roof replacement make more sense?

Only an expert roofer will be able to evaluate your roof and make a recommendation when it comes to repairing or replacing. However, there are some general issues that can typically be addressed through a roof repair. Common causes for a roof repair include minor damage from wind and hail, small or isolated leaks and water damage, minor instances of faulty installation, and general wear and tear.

As damage becomes more severe, however, it may be more difficult to repair effectively. A roof replacement often makes more sense in the following instances:

  • Your roof is at the end of its lifespan – Repairs become less effective as your roof ages. If your roof is near the end of its expected lifespan, a roof replacement will likely cost you less in the long run.
  • Significant/widespread damage or decay – Isolated damage is fairly simple to repair, but more widespread issues can quickly complicate the repair process. The more severely damaged your roof is, the harder it is to repair successfully, especially if damage or decay has occurred at a deeper, structural level.
  • You want to upgrade your roof – Whether for energy efficiency, better impact resistance, or a new look, upgrading your roof can be a great way to add value to your home. This is typically best achieved by replacing your roof in its entirety.

While you may already have your heart set on a roof replacement, a local roofing expert will be happy to help with your decision if you’re unsure. 

When is the best time of year for a roof replacement?

Whenever you have roofing issues, the best time to address them is typically “as soon as possible.” Even so, the spring and fall months are typically more conducive to completing a roofing project than others. 

This especially applies when it comes to a roof replacement. Since the entire process takes a bit longer than a repair, it’s usually ideal to schedule your roof replacement at a time when the job can be completed with minimal interruptions and minimal disruption to your everyday life.

While roofing work can theoretically be done at any time of year, harsh winter weather will often cause stoppages, and the heat of summer usually limits the length of workdays (as high afternoon temperatures create unsafe conditions for outdoor work).

Because of this, we often recommend scheduling your roof replacement sometime during the spring or the fall. Both of these seasons have their advantages and drawbacks. For instance, while spring and fall each feature mild weather, spring may bring more rain, while fall tends to be the busiest season for roofing (which can make scheduling more difficult).

For more on this topic, be sure to check out our previous blog post!

What materials should I use for my new roof?

One great benefit of replacing your roof is that you can choose a whole new look for your home. Of course, your new roof can do more than just look better; if you like, you’ll be able to choose a material that will last longer and resist things like wind and hail more reliably.

Still, while some materials are more durable and long-lasting, these also tend to be the materials that cost more. As you go about planning your new roof, it’s important to consult with a roofing professional to select a material that makes sense for your home, your region, and your budget.

Here are just a few common roofing materials favored by homeowners:

  • Asphalt shingles – A staple in residential roofing, asphalt shingles are very cost-effective, but typically carry a shorter lifespan (20-30 years) than more durable materials. Impact-resistant varieties stand up better against inclement weather, but also come at a higher price point.
  • Tile – Usually available in ceramic or concrete (with the former being more expensive), tile is a sturdy and durable roofing material ideal for standing up against things like hail and high winds. Ceramic tile offers a distinct Mediterranean look, while concrete is available in a wide variety of colors.
  • Slate – One of the most expensive materials available, but also one of the most durable and long-lasting. Slate provides unparalleled curb appeal.
  • Metal – Also highly durable, metal is more affordable than slate roofing. Over the years, metal roofing has steadily grown more popular compared to alternative roofing materials.

How do I choose a roofer for my roof replacement?

Choosing the right roofer is almost as important as picking the right materials and style for your home’s new roof! Luckily, there are a few tried and true considerations for making sure the roofer you hire is a true professional.

To begin with, make sure you cast a wide net in searching for roofers. Use all your resources, including online searches and any recommendations you may receive from friends and family members. Look through reviews and ratings to make sure your shortlist of roofers is highly rated—but don’t let this be your only criterion!

Once you have a shortlist, contact each of the roofers you’re considering for the job. Confirm that they all have licensing and insurance (if they don’t, or can’t provide proof, it’s best to remove them from your list). Ask each roofer about their specialties and their experience, and see if they can provide you with references. 

In the end, don’t be afraid to listen to your gut—if you feel like one particular roofing company has a personality you’d like to work with, that’s definitely a big point in their favor! With your roofing partner chosen, you’ll be well on your way to the new roof of your dreams.

Dolan Roofing: Your Roof Replacement Experts!

Here at Dolan Roofing & Construction, we’ve successfully repaired and replaced thousands of roofs for homeowners over the years. With all that experience under our belts, we like to think we’ve learned a thing or two about what goes into a successful roof replacement project!

So whether you know you’re in need of a replacement, or if you’re still looking for an expert opinion to help decide between repairing and replacing, Dolan Roofing is here to help! As a family-owned and operated business, we understand your unique needs as a homeowner. Contact us today to get started with an inspection!

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