You may already be familiar with the scenario: you go outside, look up at your home, and start to notice discoloration on your shingle roof. What now? Does this mean you need to start planning for a full roof replacement?
After researching online, you’ve come to the conclusion that you do, in fact, need a replacement, so you schedule it to begin on a Wednesday with your local Newnan, Georgia roofing company. But, will you be able to have your child’s (pre planned) birthday party Saturday under a new roof? The answer is complex, let’s explore the signs you need to watch for in order to gain some clarity:
The Warning Signs You Need Roof Replacement
Roofing experts, including our technicians at Eagle Watch Roofing, will inform you that discoloration from a little moss or algae is NOT always a clear sign you need a new shingle roof.
While, widespread moss can certainly harm your shingles overtime, it’s not as detrimental as other issues. Here are some important signs to watch out for:
Your Shingle condition
If, from the ground (you should never climb on top of your roof), you begin to notice shingle edges that are curled up, tabs that have become cup-shaped, dislodged shingles, cracks or missing pieces, this may be a sign that you are in need of roof replacement
If it’s possible to safely inspect your gutters via an extension ladder, you should pay attention to how much of your roof is in the gutter itself.
A large amount of granule loss almost always means your shingles have lost their water resistance. You can also inspect for bald spots on your roof itself
Most, if not all, fiberglass-asphalt shingles are designed specifically for twenty years of use; if your home’s roof is more than two decades old, contact Eagle Watch Roofing for a professional roof inspection and prognosis
A general tired, worn look, a faded color, or a shingle color that just appears to be outdated can all be reasons enough to strongly consider roof replacement
The Process of Shingle Roof Replacement
Once you contact your local roofing professional to arrange a new shingle roof for your home, a representative should be sent out to both inspect and estimate the roof itself.
Factors such as roof pitch (its relative steepness), square footage, and accessibility will affect how long the replacement job will take.
Though each job site differs, the steps for roof replacement are roughly the same for every quality roofing company. They should include:
- Protecting your landscaping and plants
- Tearing off the roof’s old shingles
- Inspecting the old sheathing and replacing sections as needed while ensuring proper nailing throughout
- Cutting sheathing for roof vents if needed
- Installing drip edge (which helps divert water away from your roof)
- Installing ice and water shield
- Installing self-adhesive underlayment or roofing felt
- Installing new fiberglass-asphalt shingles
- Site cleanup
- Final job inspection
Contact Eagle Watch Roofing today to learn more about everything involved with replacing your home’s shingle roof.