What is included in roof replacement?
When it comes time for roof replacement, you’ll probably wonder what is involved in the process. First and foremost, a full roof replacement requires a full tear off of the old shingles. Once the shingles have been removed, the roof’s decking will be inspected for damage. Depending on the severity of the damage, your roofing contractor will decide whether it can be repaired or replaced.
Along with your shingles, your roof’s underlayment will need to be replaced. The underlayment is the water-resistant barrier installed over the roof’s deck. Most commonly, this is roofing felt that uses asphalt for a protective material. In addition to shingles and underlayment, flashing around chimneys and vents may need to be replaced or installed. The flashing, normally made from rust-resistant metal, protects these areas from leaks and water damage. Similarly, metal drip edges will be installed around the roof to improve drainage. In Ohio, where ice and snow are common in the winter, waterproof material is installed that prevents ice building up under your shingles.
If it’s time for roof replacement in Cincinnati, OH, you can rely on the experienced professionals at Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection. We offer a full range of roof repair and replacement options. Find out how we can help by calling 513-563-9988.
What are the signs of a bad roof?
A well-maintained shingle roof should last between 15 to 25 years before it needs to be replaced. As your roof ages, it will see plenty of wear and tear. You’ll probably need to make some repairs over this time, as well, from patching leaks to replacing damaged shingles. But, you’ll also have to decide when it’s time to replace the roof. There are some common signs that indicate you’ll need to replace your roof, as outlined below.
A large amount of missing shingles.
- Large sections of curling, cracking or dry and blistering shingles.
- A roof sag.
- Dark areas where granules are shedding will begin to appear. You may also see dark patches indicating algae or moss growth.
- You begin to see an excessive amount of granules appearing in your gutters. As your shingles age they’ll show signs of wear such as granule loss, and become less effective.
- You begin to see several loose or exposed nail heads.
- Serious problems with leaks may indicate the underlayment is no longer adequately protecting your roof or attic. Mold and mildew can result as well.
- Missing or damaged flashing can open your home up to leaks and water damage.
- If your roof is over 20 years old, have a professional come out and inspect it to determine if it needs to be replaced.
Roof replacement in winter
Roofs can have problems throughout the year. Winter can be particularly difficult, with the weight of ice and snow and risks of leaks and water damage. Whether aging or severe damage has led you to consider roof replacement, if necessary you can replace your roof in the winter. Of course, no matter how severe the damage, to replace asphalt shingles it’s best to wait until the temperature reaches at least 40 degrees. Asphalt shingles are best installed at temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees. At the wrong temperature, asphalt shingles can break when struck. Adhesives are also less effective at temperatures below 40 degrees. When roofing at colder temperatures, the most essential thing to do is to keep the shingles warm, which can be done by placing them in a heated garage.
While you may not think about your air conditioner in the winter, eventually it will warm up, and you’ll definitely want an air conditioner that runs properly. As spring approaches, it will be time to have your system checked, whether you have American Standard Air Conditioners or other brands.
How long does a 30 year roof really last?
Often in roofing, you’ll hear that roofing shingles have a 30-year guarantee. Under ideal conditions, your roofing shingles could last up to 30 years. For the most part, however, it’s unlikely your shingles will last longer than 25 years. That lifespan requires regular maintenance. Usually, once most roofs reach about 20 years, it’s recommended to have your roof inspected to determine if roof replacement is in order.
What does it cost to replace a roof?
The costs for roof replacement will vary. Two of the main factors that will affect the cost will be the materials used and the square footage of the roof. Roofing contractors normally charge per 10-by-10 foot section (100 square feet) known as a roofing square. An average 1,200-square-foot home with asphalt roof ranges between $4,100 and $6,000. Asphalt shingle roofs are generally the most affordable followed by wood, metal, tile and slate. A metal roof can cost as much as $1,800 per 100 square feet.
Does insurance pay for new roof?
Normally, when it comes to roof replacement, homeowners insurance does not cover it. The only exception is if the replacement is required because of damage caused by a covered peril such as from a storm or even from heavy snow or ice. Replacements may be either full or partial.
Is roof replacement tax deductible
A roof replacement is not tax deductible. New roofs are considered a home improvement, and these costs are not deductible.
Roof replacement for low income
If you need to have your roof replaced, but are of low income, you may qualify for government assistance through several different grant programs. The Department of Energy offers the Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households. The Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants program is designed for low-income individuals 62 or older or for very low-income families that earn less than 50% of median income.
Roof replacement near me
If you need a roof replacement in Cincinnati, OH, you can count on the reliable professionals at Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection. We offer a full selection of repair and replacement options. You can learn how we can help by calling 513-563-9988.