Is it time for a new roof?
How do you know if you need a new roof installed? There are a number of signs that hint your roof may be at risk. The first and more obvious is just by looking at it – the eye test so to speak. Warn, buckling, curling, blistering, cracked, or chipped shingles allow for water to penetrate the protection of shingles and seep into the plywood below. If you visually see wear and tear on the top of your roof, you should check on the inside of your roof for water stains on the ceilings/attic or blistering or peeling paint and plaster on the ceilings/walls.
Your roof is exposed to some pretty intense elements of New England weather from scorching heat to heavy ice, rain, sleet, and wind. Here are some common sources of wear and the effects:
- Sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays age shingles
- Rainwater below shingles cause rot and mold
- High winds lift shingles and allow for water or debris underneath
- Melting snow refreezes, blocking gutter drainage and water/ice buildup on the edge of your roof
What types of shingles are best?
So you’re tired of understanding how roofs deteriorate just want a new roof? Let’s take a look at the different types of shingles and what’s best for your house. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a new roof, including durability, style, color, and warranties. We’ve listed a few facts below to keep in mind while purchasing a new roof:
– Architectural shingles create a multidimensional look and feature laminated construction for durability. These shingles are the most common, present day, for new roofs. If you’re just patching an old roof or looking for a more cost effective solution, you may want to consider the traditional three-tab flat asphalt shingles. If not, architectural shingles are probably the way to go since they look much nicer and add extra protection.
– Special adhesives tightly seal each shingle. This adds extra protection and reduces the risk of wind blowing the shingles off.
– Shingles come in a wide range of colors including basic gray, natural wood shades, and slate colors like red, green, and blue. Don’t forget, if you’re part of a homeowners association to check the architectural guidelines.
– Most brands offer a warranty which is one indication of durability. These warranties typically range from 25 years to a lifetime.
Hiring a roofer
Even the best shingles won’t last if they are not properly installed. We’ve come across too many roof jobs in North Attleboro and surrounding towns that were installed by companies that take short-cuts. Some factors to make note of are things below the shingles. Are your roofers installing the proper underlayment materials below the shingle surface? Installation of water and ice barrier products prevent water collection on the roofs ridge, valleys, chimneys, and skylights. Is the installation of each shingle to code? The nailing pattern and number of nails used per shingle is extremely important in high winds – “Hurricane nailing” (or “high wind nailing”) is 6 nails per shingle. At SEC INC, we do things the right way the first time. That means no short cuts, just hard, quality work. If you want the piece of mind knowing your roof was properly shingled, give us a call and let us prove to you why we’re the best roofing contractor for the job.