How Do I Know When My Roof Needs To Be Replaced?

Residential Roofing, Roofing Repair, Roofing Replacement

Having your roof replaced may sound like a job that will put a big dent in your wallet. What it is, though, is one of the best investments you can make into your home in Dallas, Texas. Why? Because if you have a need for a new roofing system and you do not invest in it, chances are good that your home will suffer as a result. If you are unsure if you need to take this step or if just adding a few shingles will do the job, talk to the roofing experts at 911 Exterior Roofing & Fence today!

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When Is It Necessary?

In some cases, a roof replacement can be less expensive than having to do the work of repairing the leaks on an annual basis. Even more important, the damage it is preventing from occurring can save you money over time. For example, a single leak in a roofing system can go unnoticed for months. As the water enters the attic portion of the home, it saturates the insulation and pools there. Soon, it is so heavy the water breaks through and begins to saturate the wood beams of the ceiling, the wood floorboards, and the drywall. This puts your entire home at risk.

There are some instances in which it is necessary to replace the existing structure. Some of these are mentioned below.

The Age of the Roof: Most asphalt shingle roofs last about 15-20 years. Nowadays, there are new types of GAF asphalt shingles, which last about 30 years (if maintained well). If your roof has numerous leaks, several damaged areas and is close to 15 years old, then you will likely need to replace it.

Number of Roof Layers: If your roof is leaking and already has several layers, you might need a completely new roof. Roofers refer to this as a “complete tear-off.” All the layers are torn off, and new wood roof framing is installed. New shingles are then installed. City codes are usually very strict regarding the number of layers permitted. In most areas, the maximum number of layers is three. Check with us to learn all about the roofing codes in Dallas, TX.

Missing or Torn Shingles: Torn, damaged, or missing shingles are often a sign of other roof problems. Peeling shingles could be caused by poor roof ventilation. Poor ventilation results in warm air escaping through the roof. The warm air can lead to moisture under the shingles and cause them to peel. Mold growth or black spots are also a sign of a moisture problem. Before considering a new roof, make sure that you have enough intake and outtake roof and attic vents.

Condition of Interior Walls: The condition of the interior walls that touch the roof can give many clues about what is going on up on top of the roof. If you notice a significant loss of paint and heavy moisture marks on your walls (and ceilings), then there could be some serious leaks originating on the roof. If you have safe access to your attic, climb up and check for evidence of moisture.

Extreme Weather Conditions: Tornadoes and hurricanes can cause roof damage that cannot be repaired. Structural damage to the roof cannot always be seen. A professional roofing contractor (with experience in repairing and replacing weather damaged roofs) can help determine if you need a new roof.

Faulty Design: Is your roof less than 15 years old and suffering from major problems? It could be that it was improperly installed or that faulty materials were used. Many roofs come with warranties for the materials used, and some even cover the labor.

After a careful checking of the roof’s condition, if you think that this time only the repairs would not fix the substantial damage, it calls for a roof replacement. It can provide you with a drier home, but it also can help you to save money. Some new systems have a built-in ability to help you to save money. They can reflect away heat and save your energy costs. They can help to keep in your heat during the winter months to save money, too. They can also add a bit of value to your home, making it worth more if you decide to sell.


If you are sure you need a roof replacement, contact the Dallas roofing experts at 911 Exteriors Roofing & Fence today. Ranked among Texas’ Top 25 roofing contractors, we take pride in our team of roofing experts who ace at providing prime quality performance in the roofing systems, surpassing the customer service for both commercial as well as residential roofing projects.

To discuss your next roofing project, call us today at 972-299-3770!



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