A common question we are asked as professional roofers is, “How do I know when it’s time to replace my roof?” That is an excellent question to be asking because waiting too long could be a costly mistake. Here’s a roofers take on when it is time to replace your roof.
Asphalt shingles are given a life rating in years to indicate how long they might last. Usually, this rating is anywhere from 25 years to 50 years. The life rating doesn’t always mean that your roof will remain good for that long. It is, however, estimated that an average asphalt shingled roof will last between 20 and 30 years. If your roof has been installed for more than 20 years, you should consider having your roof inspected to see if it is time to have it replaced.
Another sign that a roof is needing replacement is if the roof looks shiny when the light is hitting it. Inside of every asphalt shingle are hundreds of tiny fiberglass fibers. As the asphalt begins to break down, these fibers become exposed and reflect the light rays off of the roof. If you notice your roof is looking a little shiny, it is time to get it replaced.
As an asphalt roof ages, the rocks that give the roof it’s color will become loose. During periods of rain these rocks will wash down the rain gutters and onto the ground. If you notice large amounts of rocks beginning to come off of your roof, it may be time to have your roof replaced.
In Utah, our roofs are exposed to extreme temperature swings. We have extremely cold winters and extremely hot summers. These temperature extremes will weaken the integrity of the shingles on your roof and may cause the edges to curl back. If you notice any curling or lifting of the shingles on your roof, it is definitely time to get your roof replaced.
There are also hundreds of other signs that it is time to have your roof replaced that are not easily seen without a thorough inspection of the roof. It is good idea to have your roof inspected by a roofing professional as it ages to help you determine when it may be time to consider replacing it. When performing an inspection, the professionals at American Prestige Roofing will always be honest with you about the condition of your roof and provide any recommendations about replacement or repairs. At American Prestige Roofing, we are the roofers you can trust.
For many people, Fall is their favorite time of year. Who can blame them with all of the beautiful fall colors and scenery? Along with the fall colors, though, comes preparation for the winter months ahead. As the leaves fall, it isn’t uncommon to see people raking up leaves in the yard or cleaning out the flower beds. With all that needs to be winterized at home, the important job of cleaning and inspecting rain gutters is often overlooked.
Simple. You are looking for debris and leaks when cleaning and inspecting rain gutters. As the leaves fall, they can cluster and clog the rain gutter drains. Keeping the rain gutters free from leaves and other debris will prevent this clogging. The other problem you are looking for is a leaky rain gutter. Here is what may happen if your rain gutters leak:
As professional roofers, we are often asked why it is important to clean the rain gutters each fall. The biggest reason is that fall often brings wet weather as well. The rainwater will try and flush the leaf debris out of your rain gutter, but often times it will get stuck in the downspout, causing the water to back up on to the roof. As the weather turns colder, this water will form into ice and form an ice dam. It is the formation of ice dams that can cause the greatest damage to your roof and home.
The use of a leaf blower or vacuum is the simplest way to clean your rain gutters. However, it is important to exercise caution when doing so. Many slip and fall accidents at home come from falling off a ladder or the roof. You might consider hiring a professional to perform the cleaning and inspecting of your rain gutters.
In preparation for winter, remember to take time to clean and inspect the rain gutters around your home. Doing so will help prevent serious damage to your home and property. Be sure to follow our blog for more tips on how to protect the investment of your roof and home.
A major storm can bring high winds, large hailstones, and even lightning strikes and large amounts of rain. Any or all of these can cause storm damage to even the most sturdy roofs.
If after a storm you might assume you are okay if you don't see any visible signs of the roof leaking. But this is often not the case.
Small or unseen damage may go undetected by a homeowner, and over time, it can get worse - leading to a large problem and a costly repair bill.
That is why after the passing of a major storm, it is a good idea to have a roof inspection by a professional roofing company. Here are a few benefits of having your roof inspected for storm damage by a roofing professional:
Many times the damage sustained to a roof following a storm cannot be seen from the ground. It requires using a ladder and climbing up on the roof to do a thorough roof inspection.
Using a ladder and climbing around the roof yourself is honestly very dangerous. A high number of injuries happen every year from home owners falling off a ladder getting on or off of the roof. We highly recommend letting a professional assume that risk for you.
Knowing what to look for is just as important as being safe on the roof. When we do a roof inspection for storm damage, we will look over every square inch of your roof for the kinds of damage that are easy to overlook:
Probably the most important reason for having a roof inspection for storm damage is that you will need a professional assessment to file a claim with your insurance company.
The roofing professionals at American Prestige Roofing can help you contact your insurance company and provide them a full detailed report of the damage to your roof. This will simplify the insurance claim process for you, giving you one less thing to worry about.
The best benefit of having your roof inspected by American Prestige Roofing following a major storm is it's absolutely free. Call the American Prestige Roofing professionals at 801-603-4308 to have your roof fully inspected.