How do I Know my Roof Needs to be Replaced?

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How Often Should a Roof be Replaced?

For commercial and residential roof owners, roof replacement is an eventual process to keep your home or business at peak condition. Like roof repairs, your roof will show spots that need to be fixed and in some parts the working lifespan can be prolonged past what is expected. However, unlike roof repairs that fix the problem, damages that require a roof replacement continuously return, often times greater than before. 

Depending on your roofing material, you should have a roof replacement at every recommended end to the working life expectancy of the roof. For example, oil based material roofs like modified bitumen and asphalt shingles last around two decades before needing a roof replacement when having moderately low care applied throughout both lifespans. Metal roofs as another example, can last anywhere between thirty to fifty years before needing a roof replacement. Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. scheduling annual roof inspections at minimum so that we can help you keep your roof in top condition.

What is Included in a roof Replacement?

A roof replacement sets itself apart from roof repairs and reroofing by having an extensively longer process. In being more akin to roof installation, roof replacement ensures your roof is essentially rebuilt and in working order as a brand new roof would be. Here is a general of what the roof replacement process looks like:

  • Complete removal of materials down to the deck
  • Inspection of deck 
  • applying layers and roofing materials 
  • Final check of finished product 

While overly simplified, a roof replacement is an arduous project that can be significant for any home and business owner. That is why we recommend having a quality roof replacement company to do the job in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas. Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. does in fact extend roof replacement services for both home and business owners as well as any of our top of the line services. 

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Roof?

Just as roof installation and roof repair prices vary with the chosen material, so does the price of roof replacement. Keep in mind however, while the price may be higher for something like metal roofing, the upside is that roof replacement for the mentioned material is generally twice as long as traditional and modern materials. When considering a roof replacement, the first step is estimating how much a roof replacement will cost. How to estimate a roof replacement comes in these points:

  • Material being removed and applied
  • The size of your roof
  • Labor installing it

Materials and the size of your roof are generally calculated easily when speaking to one of our expert roofers on the subject. The larger part of the conversation often lays in what it will take to fully replace your roof. Taking something like modified bitumen versus thermoplastic polyolefin roofing, both of which we install and replace, there are differences in prices largely due to application. Modified bitumen is by far the tougher choice in flat roofing, handling heavier impacts and high tensile strength. However, without gravel it tends to deteriorate faster due to its base formula and many roofers are moving away from the product due to difficulty in the installment process. This compared to thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO roofing of which has seen a rise in popularity across the nation. The benefits to the material are clear with simple application and replacement process, high resistance to dirt and water, and a tough exterior. While not as tough as modified bitumen, TPO roofing does reflect sun rays and takes the strain off of an air conditioning unit inside the building. Therefore, while one does provide your home or business with better protection for relatively the same amount of time, the alternative extends benefits such as cheaper application and does not retain heat. With Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. doing the installing, replacing, and repairing on your roof, we can guarantee either are worth the cost. 

The two best habits home and business owners can adopt are regularly tending to damages as they happen and keeping staying aware of your homeowners or roof insurance policy. Most insurance policies will cover a roof replacement, but generally will do it under the condition that the damage is an act of nature and sudden. Damages that are caused over time and gradual will not be covered by insurance. It should also be noted that a roof replacement cannot be deducted in your taxes. 

Home owners that pay attention to their roofs can often catch subtle damages caused by storms and age. When also having regular roof inspections and immediately having repairs made on your roof, insurance companies are more likely to cover roof replacement due to a record of good roof care. 

Roofer continuing a roof replacement

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?

The length of time it takes to replace a roof varies largely on the complexity of your roof. Whereas a small flat roof or inclined roof will take at most a few days, a more complex roof will take a significant amount of time. Our roofers work to repair your roof in a timely manner while paying special attention to quality craftsmanship that you will not find with any other company. When you contract Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas, you will experience the best service in the roofing services industry. 

If your home is showing signs that it needs a roof replacement, Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. is here for all of your roofing needs with roofers prepared for any and all roofing requests. To learn more or to make an appointment with one of our expert roofers in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas, call (410)-288-1633 today.