The importance of a quality roof cannot be overstated. It helps keep the unwanted weather outdoors and the pleasant temperature indoors. It also shields the home from a variety of debris and harsh conditions. But a roof cannot last forever. Depending on the materials, a roof can last anywhere between 20 and 50 years. The lifespan increases or decreases according to how often you invest in maintenance and repairs.
Our Roofing Contractors have been installing, repairing, and maintaining roofs in the Holly Springs area for more than a decade. We’ve encountered every variety of problems and our roofing contractors are trained to always get the job done right. At Sentinel Exteriors, our Holly Springs roofers don’t mind sharing what we’ve learned with interested homeowners like yourself. Whether you’re interested in roof installations, repairs, or just general information; we’re here to help.
Don’t wait until the next storm blows through to start questioning the integrity of your roof. Have a professional inspect them today or schedule a repair for existing damage. Pick up the phone and call us now for a free quote.
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General Roof Information
Every roof is comprised of a combination of important components. Any one of these components can wear down or suffer damage, which leads to serious problems. You’re probably already familiar with shingles because they are the most visible element. But there is also the sheathing, the flashing, the drainage system, and the internal structure. A proper inspection will check the integrity of each of these components to ensure that the roof is functioning properly.
Proper ventilation is another factor that we look for during an inspection. A ventilation problem may not be immediately visible, but you can usually identify the symptoms. Without ventilation, heat and moisture can build up beneath the sheathing and in the attic. This causes rot in the underlying structure and can cause shingles to buckle. Prolonged moisture buildup can also lead to mold growth in the attic.
A new roof installation is always a massive undertaking. It needs to be performed properly and by trained professionals. An improperly installed roof can lead to disaster. There are plenty of novice roofing contractors who are willing to install a new roof on top of the layers of an existing roof. Our experts generally advise against this. The underlying layer will continue to retain moisture and could hide all sorts of damage. In time, the hidden rot can lead to mold, mildew, or a complete collapse.
There are some elements of the old roof that might remain during a new installation. The sheathing and primary support structure may not need to be removed. We will inspect these elements carefully to ensure they are acceptable before moving forward. If need be, we will repair or replace all damaged parts before starting the installation.
We work with many clients who are building new homes and have no existing roofing structure to worry about. We are more than happy to install your perfect roof from the very beginning. By trusting the team at Sentinel Express, you know your new roof will be installed properly and built to last.
There are some clear warning signs that it might be time to replace your roof. We often advise a complete roof replacement when there is serious damage to a group of components. There are some elements, such as flashing and shingles, that can be repaired independently and in sections. Replacing only sections of the roof often leads to variations in aesthetics because older shingles will be faded while the newer shingles are not. Here are a few of those clear warning signs that you need a roof replacement.
Visible Holes In The Attic
A roof with holes simply cannot do its job. Whether the hole can be patched or requires a complete replacement will vary depending on the size, location, and condition of the roof. The longer the hole remains the more serious the damage will become and the more likely it will be that a replacement is required. Holes are often caused by sub-par installations and can go unnoticed for years. By that time, they’ve allowed enough moisture in to cause severe rotting and structure damage.
The Roof Is Too Old
No roof can live forever. Proper maintenance will help your roof live a full lifespan and possibly even a few years more, but it will still require an eventual replacement. If you’re moving into a home that is 40 years old and still has the original roof, then it’s probably time to make a change. You should be considering a roof replacement once it reaches 20 years old. Though, some more expensive roofing materials like slate can last considerably longer.
Visible Exterior Damage
You can perform a simple visual inspection of your roof from the ground to gauge whether it might be time to call professional roofing contractors. A few visible warning signs that a roof is failing include curled shingles, mold growth along the sidewalls, and rusted gutters. You might also spot visible warning signs inside the home like moisture or mold growth on the ceiling. Some of these problems may be repairable, but the first step is always calling a professional roofing service.
The vast majority of our calls are for standard roof repair operations. We believe there is no repair job that is too big or too small for our attention. There is no material or style of roof that we are not comfortable working with. Our roofing contractors will help return your roof to its former glory and help delay that inevitable replacement project. Here are a few of the roof repair services we provide most often.
Visibly Damaged Shingles
Your shingles provide a protective barrier against some of the harshest outdoor elements including strong winds, rain, and hail. They can eventually curl, crack, or be blown completely off of the roof. It’s important to schedule a repair visit as soon as you notice visible damage to your shingles. It is usually a simple and quick project that can protect against far more severe and expensive damage.
Shingle Debris In The Gutters
It’s not uncommon for small pieces of debris to break away from your shingles and land in the gutter. Over years, this debris can build up and lead to some serious problems. A gutter that cannot properly drain may eventually collapse causing damage to the exterior of your home. The water buildup on the roof can also lead to indoor leaks. A clogged gutter also makes a great home for unwanted pests.
Roofs use flashing to control the flow of water and move it away from crucial areas like valleys and joints. Flashing can suffer from much of the same damage as shingles. And since it is made from metal it may also rust over time. Your flashing needs to be checked at least once a year and any areas that are visibly damaged need to be replaced to prevent leaks.
Many homeowners are willing to clean their gutters at home to prevent buildup. But serious damage to a gutter isn’t something you should tackle on your own. Gutters that have rusted, cracked, or fallen down need to be replaced. Small sections of damaged gutters can be repaired quickly. But much like the roof itself, there may come a time when you need the entire system replaced.
Maintenance is what keeps a roof alive and functioning for decades. Proper maintenance can prevent problems both large and small. Avoiding maintenance can lead to a snowball effect where a small inconvenience like debris eventually leads to leaks and then structural damage inside the home.
Removal Of Debris
Debris may only seem like an aesthetic problem but it is much worse. Roof systems are designed in a way that allows for water to naturally flow along the slope, against the flashing, and into the gutters. Debris on top of your roof impedes this intended water control. This can lead to water buildup that is then absorbed beneath the shingles and leaks indoors. Most debris can be easily blown off of a roof while larger debris is brushed away or collected by hand.
Sealing Of Cracked Pipes
You’ve probably noticed one or more pipes protruding from your roof. They should have flashing around the edge to prevent water flow into the roof. These pipes are attached to the plumbing system and help the water drain properly into the sewage. Their prolonged exposure to sunlight often leads to chips and cracks. Our experts can quickly seal these pipes and replace any damaged caps so that your plumbing system continues to work as it should.
Visibly inspecting your roof from the ground is a great way to inspect obvious warning signs. But there are plenty of problems that cannot be detected so easily. A full roof inspection by professional roofing contractors is the only way to fully identify any hidden damage. You’re advised to have your roof inspected at least twice per year. We also advise having your roof inspected following a severe storm.
Contact the Holly Springs Roofing Contractors at Sentinel Exteriors for a Free Estimate
Your roof is your last line of defense against the rain, hail, and winds outdoors. Even a seemingly minor problem can lead to major indoor damage if ignored long enough. You should only trust in the best when it comes to inspecting, maintaining, and repairing your roof system. When it comes to Holly Springs and the surrounding area, the roofing contractors here at Sentinel Exteriors are the best in the business. Call Sentinel Exteriors roofing contractors today to schedule an inspection or to receive a free quote.