Your roof plays a vital role in your home, protecting you from the effects of severe weather while also helping your house stay energy-efficient. Sooner or later, however, every homeowner needs roofing services due to issues such as cracks or broken shingles. Here are a few common questions homeowners ask about their roofing.
A Quick Guide to Residential Roofing
How long will my current roof installation last?
The expected life span of a roof will largely depend on the materials used. Asphalt shingles—the most commonly used material—typically last 20 to 25 years. However, other more durable materials—such as metal—can last for 30 years or more.
What should I do to care for my roof?
Keeping your roof free of leaves and other debris is crucial for preventing issues such as moisture damage or mildew growth. Trim trees that are growing close to your home to limit debris and reduce the risk of having an overhanging branch fall onto your roof during a storm.
How can I tell if my roof needs to be repaired or replaced?
A single leak or a few missing shingles can usually be repaired. However, when there is widespread damage in multiple parts of the roof, a replacement will likely be needed. Shingles that are cracked, curled, or missing granules should be replaced. The longer you wait to address needed repairs, the more likely a minor leak will damage the roof deck or your home’s siding.
Which roofing materials should I use?
Roofing materials largely come down to preferences and budget. Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other common materials but often don’t last as long. Metal roofing may come at a higher price, but it is highly durable, offering excellent resistance to wind, fire, moisture, and other threats. Tile is another popular material, but its extra weight may require increased structural support.
Whether you need a new roofing installation or siding repairs, you can trust Marshall’s Contracting to help your home look its best. Serving Howard County, MD, for over 30 years, these licensed, bonded, and insured contractors will help you get the most out of your home’s roofing. To learn more about their services or to request a free estimate, visit them online or call (410) 406-7667.