3 Tell-tale Signs You Need A New Roof

1. Granules in your gutters - this is a big indicator that the shingles on your roof are beginning to degrade. The granules on a shingle are designed to protect the asphalt layer underneath. Over time, the granules weather away, eventually exposing the asphalt to UV rays and elements. Once a shingle loses its granules, it is only a matter of time before replacement is necessary. 

2. Moss growing between shingles - this is much more than a cosmetic problem. Moss means moisture has infiltrated your roof's surface, and in cold weather climates, this moisture can lead to severe damage to your shingles. If  moss has been allowed to grow unchecked for a long period of time, chances are you have much bigger problems underneath.

3. Curled or cracked shingles - both are signs of a huge problem. The asphalt in shingles is able to remain waterproof because of added low boiling point compounds. Over time, these compounds wear off and evaporate, causing shingles to become brittle and prone to cracking. Heat rapidly expedites this process. When shingles curl, it is due to being exposed to excessive heat from below - typically from an improperly ventilated and insulated attic. Poor attic ventilation and improper insulation drastically reduces the lifespan of your roof. 

Should I Get An Inspection?

If you’ve got any of these signs on your roof, then it’s time to have your roof inspected by a reputable roofing contractor.  Scam artists are a notorious problem in the roofing industry, and if you’re thinking of hiring a roofer it’s important to do your research and protect yourself from disingenuous contractors.  Keep reading for 3 questions that shady roofing contractors DON’T want you to ask.

3 Questions To Ask Every Roofer

1. Are you certified by the manufacturer of the shingle you plan to install?

Certification criteria varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but almost all companies require their installers to be licensed, insured, have their work inspected by the manufacturer, and install a certain number of roofs before they can be certified.  When using a certified installer, you also gain piece of mind to know exactly which shingles and components are going on your roof. 

2. Is there a warranty?

The other important aspect of certification is warranty.  In order to offer a manufacturer warranty, installers must be certified by the shingle manufacturer, as well as use that manufacturer’s underlayment, attic vents, and corresponding components. Most home improvement contractors go out of business in 3-5 years, while every major shingle company has been in business for decades. With a manufacturer warranty you know that the company will still be in business 10 or 20 years down the road.

3. Will they show you their license and proof of insurance?

A roofer who won’t provide their license and proof of insurance is a huge red flag.  Roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, with over 50 roofers dying per 100,000 workers each year and countless more injured on the job.  If you hire a company without insurance and an installer were to injure themselves on your property, they or their family could target you for financial liability.  To make matters worse, homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover contractors. That means hiring a roofer without insurance is a massive financial liability to you and your family. 

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Adam's Helpful Hint:

Before you sign any agreement with a roofer, make sure they look in your attic for signs of water, the status of your insulation and to determine what ventilation is best for your home. Also, if you have skylights, always get new ones installed with your new roof – trying to seal up and repair old ones almost always results in leaking at some point.

Adam Helfman

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