When is the Right Time to Re-Roof Your Home?

Is water leaking in your attic? Are your utility bills unusually high even during the summer? Most of us don’t give a second thought to our roofs. But it’s what protects us from the elements and keeps our family cozy. According to HomeAdvisor, the average roof repair costs can be as high as $1,649. And if you aren’t careful, you may have to shell out over $8,000 to replace your roof. Re-roofing your home at the right time can help prevent burning a hole in your pocket. Below, we highlight some of the tell-tale signs that indicate it’s time to re-roof your house.  

But first, let’s answer one very important question:

What Is Re-Roofing?

Re-roofing involves installing a new roof over an existing one, as opposed to a complete roof replacement that entails tearing off the old roofing materials. The primary benefit of re-roofing lies in its potential cost savings and efficiency, as it eliminates the need for the labor-intensive task of removing the existing roof. This process can be particularly advantageous when the underlying structure is still in good condition, and the goal is to refresh the appearance or upgrade the roofing materials. Re-roofing is a time-efficient solution that minimizes disruption to those living in the home and allows for quicker completion compared to a full roof replacement. Additionally, it can contribute to improved energy efficiency and insulation, depending on the type of roofing materials chosen for the new layer.

So, how can you tell if it’s time to re-roof your home? Consider asking yourself the following:

Is Water Leaking from My Roof?

The most evident sign of a damaged roof is water leakage. Moisture from rain and snow seeps through cracks and openings to reach your walls, ceilings, and attic. If you spot any moisture or accumulation of water in these areas, the time may have come for re-roofing. Else, you may have to pay anywhere between $350 to over $1,000 to repair any damage caused by water.

Are Shingles Missing from My Roof?

Missing shingles are a sure shot sign that your roof is not at its best. Over time, your roof may lose more shingles and let in rain and snow. In addition, pests and rodents may find their way into your attic and home. Apart from missing shingles, cracked tiles and roofing materials may also cause concern. Additionally, your shingles are in poor condition if they appear bouncy—a sign that moisture is trapped inside the shingles.

Should I Replace All Shingles?

You may go for replacement if you have a few missing shingles. However, other shingles may be cracked or damaged but not visible from the outside. Additionally, your shingles may have reached the end of their lifespan. As a result, it may be better to re-roof your home for complete peace of mind.

Is Moss, Mold, or Fungi Present on My Roof?

Trapped moisture can have serious adverse effects on your roof, damaging your shingles and more. Moss can easily affect the structural integrity of your home, which can result in costly repairs. Be wary if you see mold or moss growing on your roof. Proper roof maintenance and taking the right steps at the right time can help. However, if you see a significant portion of your roof covered in moss, be sure to call the experts at Bayview Roofing and Siding for an inspection. You may even need to re-roof your residence if the roof is extensively damaged.

When Should You Re-Roof Your Home?

Re-roofing during early summertime is a good idea since the temperature isn’t too high. For this same reason, re-roofing in the fall may be a smart choice. You’ll also want to consider your roof’s age when deciding to re-roof it. For instance, old-style asphalt shingle roofs may need a replacement after around 15 years. On average, you will need re-roofing every 18-20 years.

Final Thoughts

A damaged roof can lead to countless consequences that can have an impact on your family’s health and safety. You may need to re-roof your home if you spot missing shingles, moss, mold, and cracks on your roof. Of course, not all signs of damage may be evident to the untrained eye. That’s why we encourage you to look to the professionals at Bayview Roofing and Siding. Our experienced team can install a new asphalt shingle, cedar shingle, metal, or flat roofing system that exceeds your expectations and provides years of peace of mind. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and further explore our roofing solutions. We are proud to be the roofing company of choice among homeowners in Sussex County and throughout southern Delaware.