Reasons You Should Replace Your Roof
Have you been noticing missing shingles, moss, or water damage in your attic? Find out why it may be time to replace your roof.
In the DMV area, most homes have been here for decades. Unfortunately, for us, roofs are not indestructible- they require lots of maintenance and care. Even if you do your best to make sure it is in good condition, there will always come a time when you realize you need to replace your roof. Especially, in an area where the four seasons are experienced in the most brutal of ways. We get massive down pours, heat wave blasts, and even blizzards all in ONE year!
If we are being honest, you probably found yourself on this page because you are thinking about getting your roof upgraded by a professional.
Let’s get into why your roof needs a makeover.
I need to replace my entire roof, but why?
With the increased demand for homes, not many are built with attention or care. This leads to a barrage of issues that one can find in their home.
- Shingles are missing or cracked
- Roof is showing signs of blistering
- Moss is seen growing on the roof
- Water damage in your attic
Tip: Something else to look out for is if you’ve seen an increase in your energy bill. A spike in your energy bill means hot or cool air is leaking through the roof, a definite sign that a replacement is long overdue.
What should I look out for in my roofing contractor?
1. Do They Have Proper Licensing?
Depending on where you live a contractor’s license is required. Luckily enough for you, Presidential Exteriors is a fully licensed contractor in DC, VA, and MD. Make sure to do your research and figure out the requirements for a roofing contractor near you. Ask questions! We are an open book and like to be transparent with our homeowners. It is a red flag if your roofing contractor seems to be giving half-truths. So RUN the other way, if you notice that taking place!
Tip: Look out for awards the company has for integrity and quality of work, it is a great marker to distinguish whether a company is a pro or does shoddy jobs.
2. Will There Be A Mess?
Understand replacing a roof is a messy job, that requires a professional with attention-to-detail to ensure your home is cared for and nothing is left in your yard. Imagine what a stray nail in your yard could do. Make sure in your roofing estimate contract there is information on what the post-job clean up is. You definitely do not want to be the person cleaning up after every little piece of debris that is left from the job. At Presidential Exteriors, we have taken steps to ensuring your home is properly cared for. We do not put down a tarp on your grass that could potentially kill it, instead we use a system called the Catch-All. This system ensures your vegetation can breathe, as well as, make sure your home is well protected from any material that could potentially damage other parts of your home. As the name implies, it catches everything.
Tip: Make sure your roofing contractor uses a dump truck vs a refuse container to avoid damages to your driveway.
3. What Happens When It Rains?
Mother nature sometimes decides to throw curveballs. Whether it be torrential rain or a blizzard, you never know what to expect. When a roof is half-installed, rain can be a very scary situation. Ensuring your home is protected from getting any more water damage, should be a priority. So how will your contractor protect your home?
Your contractor should always plan for the unexpected. A good roofer in the DMV Area will make sure your roof is protected by a synthetic underlayment. We use Deck Armor which is 600% stronger than felt and has the highest perm rating in the industry. Rest assured, no moisture will penetrate and your roof will still be able to breathe. Which means, no more rotted wood hidden underneath.
4. Do They Provide A Warranty?
Roofs are meant to a last a while. A reputable roofing company will always offer a warranty to cover the protection of your home. Ask questions to make sure you understand what your warranty covers and have it included in your roofing quote. The best roofing contractors will be manufacturer or factory certified, so be on the lookout. Why? With these extra certifications, not only will you sleep well at night knowing that you have hired a professional, but you also will know you have an enhanced warranty coverage. This coverage is a game changer in comparison to hiring a run-of-the-mill roofing company.
Where do I go from here?
As stated before, research is key!
- Contact various roofing companies, compare and decide which contractor will be the best fit and has the most reputability.
- Look at their reviews, previous work done, and certify they are knowledgeable about what they are doing.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions, this will be an easy indicator of whether a roofing company is reputable or not. If they are transparent, communicative and responsive, then they are trustworthy.
Any problems that you may see arising in your roof, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Presidential Exteriors. We are happy to help and ensure your home continues keeping you safe. Contact us today and get valuable information on how we can assist you, we will provide you a free roofing estimate.