Your Roofing Questions Answered! How to Prevent Roofing Disasters and Why Homeowners Should Prioritize Their Roofs.

Whether you are looking to improve your home for sale or maintain the home – roofing is a great place to start, especially for homeowners in northern Virginia where weather is unpredictable and often extreme.

While a roof replacement is an upfront expense, it’s an investment that can pay off in the long run. It adds value to your home and prevents more costly repairs down the line. Additionally, by proactively replacing a roof before it fails can save you from more extensive and expensive repairs that might result from neglecting its condition. It’s often more cost-effective to replace a roof before major issues arise

See below answers to some of the most common roof replacement questions!

How often does an asphalt roof need to be replaced?

The lifespan of an asphalt roof can vary based on several factors such as the quality of materials, installation, climate, maintenance, and environmental conditions. On average, an asphalt shingle roof can last between 20 to 30 years. However, some roofs might need replacement sooner, while others can last longer with proper care.

What are signs that you need to hire an expert to look at your roof today?

Similar to above, age is one of the most significant factors that a roof needs replacement. Homeowners who are proactive with roof replacement can avoid additional and significant home damage in the long run.  If you see missed, curling, or cracked roofing shingles this is a more visible and urgent sign that your roof needs replacement. Other signs that you need to prioritize roof replacement are if you see water damage, mold, or rot on roof, walls, or ceilings.

Lastly, a subtle indicator that it might be time for roof replacement is if you notice a increase in your energy bills, this could be due to poor roof insulation or ventilation caused by roofing problems

How can a neglected roof damage a home? 

One of the most common issues resulting from a neglected roof is water damage. Leaks can occur due to damaged or missing shingles, worn flashing, or deteriorating roofing materials. Another serious consequence to a damaged roof that is often overlooked is the gaps or holes a neglected roof creates for rodents, insects, and birds. These pests can cause additional damage by nesting, chewing through materials, and spreading diseases. Lastly, a neglected roof compromises the structural integrity of a house, causing wood rot and weakening the roof’s supporting structures such as rafters, trusses, and beams. 

Avoid safety hazards and maintain your home’s property value by being proactive with your roof replacement!

How do I meet insurance requirements for my asphalt roof? 

Meeting insurance requirements for your asphalt roof typically involves maintaining the roof in good condition and ensuring that it meets certain standards set by your insurance company. This could include scheduling regular inspections, keeping the roof clear of debris, trim overhanging branches, documenting all repairs, and most importantly – replacing your roof when damaged or showing signs of wear & tear.

What type of roof is the best value for the cost? 

The “best value” in roofing often depends on various factors including upfront costs, durability, lifespan, maintenance requirements, energy efficiency, and aesthetics.

Asphalt shingles are popular due to their affordability and ease of installation. They come in various styles and colors, providing versatility for different architectural preferences. While they might have a shorter lifespan compared to some other materials (around 20-30 years), they offer a good balance between cost and durability.

Where do I get started on my roof replacement project? 

After determining that your roof is in need of replacement the next step is to speak with an expert! Learn more about what materials, styles, and costs you should consider by speaking with roofing expert Chris Bazow. At Care Contracting we are the leading licensed roofing contractors in the northern Virginia area. See what our customers say about us here. With over 150 5-star reviews you will see a common trend in why customers love us – 

  1. Hassle-free quote process and a no-pressure approach to sales (we dislike sales people too!)
  2. Effective & timely communication
  3. We stand by our work

At Care Contracting we stand by our work, always providing clients a lifetime warranty, with ALL labor included. Our best-in-class customer service can always be expected.

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