Installing a new roof in Geneva can be quite the investment, but the results will speak for themselves. When properly installed by the right contractor using the right materials, a roof can last for decades, and it can greatly add to the value and the visual appeal of the home. In this short guide, we will try to help you make an informed decision when it comes to reroofing your home.
Signs That You Need a New Roof in Geneva
There are several signs which indicate that you need a new roof. The first and most obvious is a visual cue. If the shingles start to look discolored, or if some of them go missing, it is a clear indication that the roof is too old. They may also start to warp, curl, or become cupped/cracked at this point.
If you bought a house in a new neighborhood, you may also want to keep an eye on your neighbors. If they start a reroofing project, odds are that your roof has reached the end of its lifespan as well, assuming that your two homes were built at the same time, and they have not been reroofed yet.
Other signs include leaking, unsuitable temperatures in the attic and the home (too hot or too cold), or any signs of major damage. Some damage will not require a complete roof replacement, but if your is over 12 years old, and if it’s currently showing signs of damage in at least 30% of its surface, the most cost-effective option is to replace it completely.
Installing a New Layer of Shingles on Top of Your Existing Roof
In some areas, you can have one extra layer of shingles on top of your existing roof. However, it is recommended that you tear off the existing shingles before going forward with the installation. There are several reasons for this:
- Roof deck damage may occur due to the increased weight, and that damage can include sagging, leaking, and soft spots.
- The flashing around the upper story, dormers, or chimneys may become loose and allow for leaking.
- If the first layer is composed of shingles with a high profile, the second layer may look lumpy.
- The increased weight will pose a problem in areas with heavy snowfall, where the weight of the snow creates increased structural stress.
The underlayment is a material that is installed beneath the shingles, and its role is to offer a higher degree of protection to your deck. It also acts as a moisture barrier for valleys, eaves, and starter shingles. You’ll have the option of going with an asphalt or synthetic underlayment. The asphalt version is more affordable than the synthetic, but it does have its disadvantages. You can opt for a middle ground, with underlayments made from rubberized asphalt. However, if you want top-shelf materials, you’ll want to go with the synthetic version. These synthetic underlayments are two to three times more expensive than their asphalt counterparts, but they offer superior moisture resistance, while remaining permeable enough to allow moisture to evaporate from the attic. The material is also lighter, more resistant to tears, and better-suited for warm climates.
Some Different Roofing Materials Used in Geneva
In terms of roofing materials, you have many options to choose from. This includes everything from asphalt shingles, to metal, to wood, to clay, to natural slate, and more. The most affordable option is the asphalt shingle, and the most expensive is the natural slate. Between these two extremes, you will see a gradual increase in quality, durability, and cosmetic appeal as the price goes up.
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If you have any other questions regarding new roof installations in Geneva, contact us today! Our roofing team will be glad to cover any topics that you would like to know more about.