How Do You Know When You Need a New Roof?
Roofs, like us, have an expected lifespan. Some are much shorter, others much longer. Knowing how long your roof is expected to last, as well as the length of your warranty coverage, are good places to start when determining if you need a replacement. There are other considerations as well when deciding if a roof replacement is ideal. For example, has your roof been harmed in a storm, earthquake or fire? Is your roof consistently leaking? Has damage been sustained to it by improper maintenance procedures over time? Have you tried to fix it to no avail? Are your monthly energy bills too high?
In many cases, replacing your roof will be the best option when simple repairs won’t cut it. It’s also ideal when you want to achieve long-term energy savings, improve the curb appeal of your home and enhance the overall value of one of your most important lifetime investments.
Maintenance & Repair vs. Replacement
All roofs must be properly maintained following the manufacturer’s guidance. Debris removal and gutter cleaning are common maintenance activities. Sometimes minor repairs also need to be completed. However, if maintenance hasn’t been completed regularly, if repairs are too extensive or too costly, or if a fix is needed around the same time that the roof’s expected lifespan is expiring, it makes sense to consider a replacement instead.
When You’re Still Unsure
Few of us are experts on roofing. Additionally, the height of a roof makes it hard for homeowners to fully view and assess it. If you’re unsure whether it’s time to replace your roof, the best (and safest) approach is to contact a professional to have it inspected. Don’t ever risk your safety by getting onto the roof yourself. Be sure to ask an expert.
Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home and replacing it is an investment in the home’s performance and ultimate value. There are many costs, as well as cost offsets, that should be taken into account. These include:
- Initial Installation
- Lifespan of the Roof (i.e. how often it will need to be replaced)
- Regular Maintenance Costs
- Monthly Energy Savings Achieved with an Energy-Efficient Roof
- Available Rebates for High Performance Roofs
- Insurance Savings for Optimized Roof Systems and Improved Hail-Rated Tile
- Potential Higher Resale Value of the Home with a Better Roof
Reviewing the Options
Boral Roofing is the country’s largest premium provider of complete re-roofing and roofing solutions for homeowners, architects and builders. With availability throughout the U.S., the company specializes in four of the highest performing roof systems, all of which are known for durability, longevity, beauty, energy efficiency and resistance to weather.
Clay – US Tile® by Boral Roofing is a premium roofing option offering the highest standard of sustainability and craftsmanship. With collections in both standard and lightweight, Boral’s clay tile is Class A fire rated, the highest rating available. It is also inspired by nature and made from natural materials comprised of up to 59 percent recycled material. There’s a reason people have crowned their homes with clay tile for over 5,000 years. It’s timeless beauty, enduring strength and time-tested performance make a bold statement while protecting your home.
Concrete – Concrete roof tile is beautiful and enduring, and one of the easiest ways to complement your home’s aesthetic while increasing its value. It is also offered in lightweight options which are ideal for re-roofing. A Class A fire rated solution (some of which) also protects from hail. The tile is manufactured using locally sourced, naturally occurring geologic material. It is energy efficient and is offered in numerous colors and profiles, complementing countless architectural home styles.
Boral Steel™ – Boral’s Stone Coated Steel roofing is an exceptionally lightweight roofing material that benefits from the structural strength of steel. A fire-resistant material certified to withstand up to 120 mph winds, Boral Stone Coated Steel also offers a hailstone penetration warranty. Boral Steel™ is offered in five distinct profiles designed to complement many home styles and to mimic traditional shake, shingle and tile roofing. It is a favorite among those looking to replace their roof.
Inspire® Roofing Products by Boral – Inspire Classic Slate’s textured surfaces and deckled edges are modeled from natural slates, imparting a controlled uniformity that epitomizes natural slate roofing. This roofing option delivers lightweight, low-cost durability as well as cutting-edge environmentally conscious material technology that goes into every slate.
Energy Savings – Good for the Earth, Good for your Finances
As a major component of the home, the roof will either save you energy and money or it will cause you to lose both. Numerous factors play a part in the roof’s overall energy efficiency. These include the roofing material used, roofing components utilized in conjunction with it, solar reflectivity, heat transfer and much more. The good news is that all Boral Roofing options offer meaningful energy savings for the life of the roof. And for those looking for the utmost in savings, Boral’s Cool Roof System is an ideal choice.
A home will perform best when the materials it is built with are optimized to withstand climate and weather conditions common to your region. The roof is no exception. Within the United States there are three core climate zones – the Winter Zone, Hail Zone and Moderate Zone – each with their own unique weather and storm variables. Roof materials will differ in the specific weather and climate protections they provide. Thus, if your home is located in Phoenix, Arizona, it is possible that the roof that is optimal for you may not be the same as the ones better suited for your friends’ homes in Colorado and Wisconsin.
When reviewing roofing options, identify the weather and climate conditions that commonly occur in your zone. Some of these may include severe wind, hail, rain, snow, frost and fire. Make sure to select your roof, in part, based on the weather conditions it protects against.
Qualifying for Rebates
Some public utilities and municipalities offer rebates for energy-efficient and cool roofs. Check the following resources to determine if your new roof qualifies:
State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Cool Roof Rating Council
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Florida Power and Light
Choosing a Contractor
There are many skilled professional roofing contractors available for hire. Like all professions, however, there are some operating without integrity or proper qualifications. Therefore, it’s important to properly vet any contractors you are considering for your roof retrofit to ensure your installation is done safely, and to ensure the highest quality and performance of the roof. Look for and/or request the following from all contractors you are considering for hire:
- Custom Referrals, Online Reviews and Customer Ratings
- Proper Licensing and Proof of Insurance
- Industry Association Memberships and Accreditations
- Professional Presentation, Estimates, Schedules and Payment Plans
- Warranty and Guarantees on Work and Roof Products to be Installed
- Onsite Supervision of Crews and Installation
- Record of Safety
- Check if Complaints are Filed with the Better Business Bureau, (if any)
A quality roofing contractor will handle a lot of the logistics of your roof replacement. However, it is advised you understand some basics. Three things you should be aware of and look into are required permits, building codes, and the weight of the roof.
Permits – Check local ordinances as some may require permits to be obtained prior to any roofing work.
Inspections – Local building codes will mandate whether or not the home needs to be inspected by a licensed engineer or building inspector prior to a roof installation. This is key to ensuring your home is compliant with local codes and ready for the new roof.
Weight – It is imperative to determine if your home is able to carry the weight of your selected roof. Most homes in the US are constructed in accordance with the Conventional Light-Frame construction section of the building codes and will support a variety of roofing materials. Having that said, Boral offers practical guidelines for determining the roof framing needs for all our products. We also assist on finding experienced professionals when needed. If a structural reinforcement is deemed necessary, most bracing procedures are simple and quick.
Explore the Possibilities
As you consider the numerous roofing options for your replacement, take advantage of the various tools and resources that Boral provides. All may be explored from the comfort of your home.
Visualize Your Roof – Boral Roofing’s Inspiration Home Photo Gallery awaits you online. Featuring durable clay, concrete, stone-coated steel and composite roofs in countless profiles and hue variations, the gallery provides a deep dive into the many architectural home styles that Boral’s roofs complement and enhance. Visit INSPIRATIONS today!
Order a Sample – While photos online provide a great idea of the look of Boral’s roofing options, sometimes you just need to see and touch the materials to fully envision them on your home. Request a sample to be mailed to you through your roofing contractor or through contacting your local Boral Roofing Territory Manager Here; It’s that easy.
Download Architectural Specs & Drawings – Boral offers a complete set of architectural tools including Arcat 3-Part specs and CAD/BIM drawings. Download what you need easily from www.BoralRoof.com.
Review Our Warranty – Boral is one of the most trusted brands in roofing and has been in business for over 50 years. We also offer an array of transferable warranties to put your mind at ease.
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