Roofing Services

Roofing Services

There are few aspects of your house that are more important than the roof, but it’s not the first thing you think about when considering home improvements. It’s easy to say “out of sight, out of mind”, but maintaining your roof is absolutely critical: it provides you with defense against wind, rain, snow, hail, and even heat. Because it is your first line of defense and is constantly exposed to weather hazards, it is important to keep it from major damage and deterioration.

Replacing a roof is a huge financial commitment, which makes homeowners hesitant to get the job done regularly. On the bright side, there are plenty of steps you can take to extend the life of your roof to avoid costly problems down the line. Sooner or later, all roofs need replacing – but when is the right time for your roof?

Repair or Roof Replacement – That Is the Question

Regularly scheduled maintenance “tune-ups” can keep you up to speed on how your roof is doing and can help keep your roof in good shape longer. A tune-up should include:

  • General inspection
  • Tightening of loose shingles
  • Caulking and sealing of all vents, flashing, and nail holes
  • Patching seams as needed
  • Replacing a few shingles
  • Repairing pipe gaskets
  • Repairing exposed nail heads or “nail pops”

Other things you should do to maintain your roof:

  • Regular cleaning of soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts
  • Regular removal of loose debris
  • Trim overhanging branches from trees

Should I Replace Individual Shingles or a Small Section of Roof?

Modern roofing designs and asphalt shingles are engineered to last for decades, and sometimes all your roof needs are a few shingle replacements to repair and restore function. Heavy winds or other weather conditions could send a few pieces flying once in a while, but it’s important to get roofing professionals to check it out to tell you if it’s just a missing shingle or two or if there is damage to the underlying decking. In general, if areas have leaked or started sagging, a replacement section isn’t going to cut it.

Keep in mind: if you notice shingles are missing from your roof, it’s better to act right away – even a small exposed area can seep water into the decking which can cause a leak inside your home.

Can I Lay New Shingles Over Old Ones?

The short answer is yes, it’s a common practice to put a second layer of shingles right over the first, and most local housing codes allow two layers of roofing. The big benefit of this? It gives you a new looking roof and saves you money in the short run. But contrary to popular belief, a second layer doesn’t make a roof more waterproof, in fact, it creates some of its own issues. There are some downsides of putting a second layer of shingles on your roof:

  • Shingles are designed for flat surfaces
    Because of the way shingles lay, you may be able to see dips or high spots from the old roofing. Professional roofers have tricks that they use to lay new roof shingles over old to hide gaps and deformities in the old shingles, so it’s wise to consult with someone before starting this project.
  • Shingles add weight
    Building codes often limit re-roofing to no more than two layers because most roofs are designed to only withstand that much weight with an addition of snow and a safety margin. Putting too much additional weight can cause the decking to sag between the rafters, or worse.
  • You’re missing out on an in-depth inspection
    When adding on a second layer, a roofer will do a basic inspection for spongy areas or issues, but without a full tear-off, they can’t fully see what the condition of the decking actually is.
  • Can’t replace the underlayment
    The tarpaper between the sheathing and shingles keeps water from damaging the roof deck. If this layer is old and deteriorated, it will be less effective in keeping the decking dry from the water that inevitably leaks past the shingles.
  • Saves money in the short run, but not in the long run
    While it is convenient and cost-effective to not have to do a full tear-off and just put a second layer of shingles on the roof now, in the future it will be more work and can easily bump up the cost when a two-layer tear-off and disposal needs to be done.

When Do I Know It’s Time for a Whole New Roof?

There are many reasons to choose a full roof tear-off and replacement over repair. Here are some reasons a roof replacement is likely in your future:

  • Signs of Moisture
    Moisture in your home like leaks, brown spots on the ceiling, peeling paint, or mold can be dangerous, not just to the structure of your home, but to your health. If you’re seeing signs that water has seeped through the roof’s shingles and is making its way inside, there is likely damage to the decking and your roof needs a full replacement.
  • Age
    While modern roof designs are asphalt roof shingles are meant to last longer, there is still a timeframe where the roofing supplies are no longer effective. If your roof is reaching the 20-year mark or older, it’s probably reaching its lifespan and needs a replacement.
  • Catastrophic Damage
    Storms like hurricanes, tornadoes, or even a violent windstorm can create enough damage to require a total roof replacement. In colder climates, the freeze and thaw cycle of a harsh winter can even be the detrimental event that pushes your roofing needs to the edge.
  • Poor Maintenance
    While all roofs need to eventually be replaced due to weathering, there are steps a homeowner needs to take to keep their roof in tip-top shape. Slacking on regular maintenance can mean the difference of years in a roof’s life.
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Benefits of a Full Roof Replacement

While a full roof replacement is a huge undertaking, there are huge benefits to a new roof including:

  • Increased Home Value: A new roof significantly increases your home value. In fact, Home Advisor reports that a new roof increases home resale value by a national average of nearly $12,000. New homeowners are willing to pay more for a home to ensure that the huge cost of roof replacement won’t be a concern for a long time.
  • Reduced Energy Costs: The latest in roofing innovations including materials and roofing insulation can make your home far more energy-efficient than when your home last had a roof put on it.
  • Lower Insurance Premiums: A new roof can qualify you for new discounts on your home insurance, especially if you’re upgrading from an older roofing type to newer fire- and water-resistant materials like asphalt shingles.
  • Improved Curb Appeal: let’s be honest – a new roof looks great. With a full replacement, you can take advantage of the latest trends and new innovations in roofing materials that are available.

Roofing Tips from Everyday Handyman Handyman and Renovations

We understand your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home’s appeal and comfort. Whether you need a brand-new roof, a patch, or a tune-up, we can provide the most dependable and affordable roofing services in the Maryland area.

Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a new roof:

  • Materials
    Asphalt shingles are the most popular and best shingles in use today. They are durable, long-lasting, and the most affordable. These days, asphalt shingles are largely made of fiberglass and can come in various colors, shapes, and style options.
  • Ventilation
    Before installing new roofing, make sure your attic and roof have the proper ventilation needed to withstand heat, wind, and other natural occurrences over time.
  • Style
    Choosing which color and style of roofing can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. First, we suggest checking to see if your home has color guidelines from your HOA. Owens Corning has a great “Design EyeQ Visualization Tool” to give you an idea of what your home will look like. You should also consider that darker shingles will absorb heat and lighter shingles will deflect it, so you can use this information to make a decision.
  • Protection
    Make sure your roof is properly sealed and protected with a waterproof barrier to prevent mold and rotting. Installers can also use ice and water barrier products, especially important in cold climates to reduce water buildup in roof valleys, vents, chimneys, and skylights. We can also recommend ways to better ventilate your roof to keep it lasting longer.

The Everyday Handyman Advantage

At Everyday Handyman Handyman & Construction, we know the roof over your head is the most important piece of your home and we’re here to keep you safe, dry, and warm. With more than 45 combined years of experience in construction, we know how to keep your roof maintained and ready to protect you for years to come and are here to help you at every step. Whether you’re looking for a quick tune-up or a full replacement, our goal is to get your project done so your home is in top shape for years to come.

Learn more about how Everyday Handyman Handyman & Construction is here for roofing services and needs.