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How can I tell if my roof needs to be replaced or simply repaired?

We’ve all seen the roofs that we look at and say, “Does anyone even live in that house anymore..?”  

You definitely don’t want your roof to get to that stage before getting it replaced so here are a few tell tale signs that your roof is living on it’s last legs –

  • Roofs tend to last anywhere around 20-30 years depending on what material was used and how the job was done.  If you know your roof is hitting that 25-year-old mark, it’s time to wave the quarter-life crisis flag and start thinking about getting it replaced sooner rather than later.
  • Leaking within the home is as clear a sign as any that you are in need of a new roof, or at the very least some roof repairs.
  • Moss or green algae growing on your roof is an easily visible way to see that you may be in need of a new roof sooner than you’d hoped.  This growth can usually be a sign of moisture retention underneath the shingles which means that there could be some unfortunate rotting of the wood underneath the shingles starting to take place. It’s highly advisable to have an expert come out and take a look at your particular situation to see what may be going on here.
  • Black streaking on your roof is another sign of potential moisture retention.
  • Lifting shingles is just another way to see that you may be getting some water damage to the wood below the shingles as the less stable the wood is, the less gripping the shingles will have.
  • Layered three-tab shingles are one of the easiest ways to know that you are more than likely in need of a new roof.  This means that the last time the roof was “replaced”, all that was done is a re-shingle, which is a much cheaper and ultimately problem-solving option.  

*Look at this in terms of putting a Band-Aid over a cut that needs stiches… It will of course, temporarily do the job, but in the end – you’ll still need to get the stiches. 

  • One final and very simple way to know if your roof likely needs to be replaced is when there is no ridge vent.  This is the part of your roof that is somewhat raised right at the center of your home where the two sides of your roof meet.  This is intended to be built-in ventilation for your roof and without that ventilation, the wood and shingles are taking a constant toll (especially living in New England) as the weather fluctuates.

If you have noticed or experienced any of these things about your roof reach out to us today and we will gladly let you know the health of your roof!

How can I determine the cost of a new roof for my house?

It’s never fun to think about how much you’ll be spending to replace your roof, but it is one of the expenses we should all plan for when purchasing a home.  That being said, there are countless roofing companies out there and no two companies are likely to cost the same.  It is advised to do some window (or shall we say roof) shopping before landing on where to do your business.  When doing your search, keep in mind that if a price seems to good to be true – it probably is. 

Let us come take a look at your roof and give you a quote based on personal situation in terms of how much damage there is, how large the roof is, and how quickly the job needs to get done.

What type of shingles are the best for a residential roof in New England?

Believe it or not there are 18 types of roof shingles!  We won’t bore you with all the details, but here are some that would be best suited for our New England climate:

  • Asphalt Roofing is the most common roof style you will see here in New England.  We use Landmark Certainteed shingles here at Flynn roofing company, meaning you will get both the durability and the desired look you are aiming for!
    • Landmark original is the basic fiberglass mat that comes with a laminate overlay.  It is the most affordable option and comes with both high manufacturing standards as well as an incredible warranty.
    • The next level in Landmark shingles would be the Landmark Pro.  This has much thicker layers than the basic option which results in a more durable shingle as well as a better overall aesthetic for your home.
    • The highest-level option would be the Landmark Premium which is the heaviest and most reliable option in terms of longevity.  
  • Rubber roofing is an incredibly long-term option if you are someone who has a flat roof as these tend to last around 50 years!  We use the rubber roof as a way to protect your home from any sort of moisture issues, as it grows virtually no moss or algae and very rarely will you find a rubber roof that has issues with leaking. 
Do I have to replace my gutters if I get a new roof?

Do we ever really have to do anything?  The answer is no.  Should we do certain things?  That’s the better question.  Gutters are just like anything else in life and they take on quite a bit of wear & tear.  Now this doesn’t mean that you have to get your gutters replaced the minute you replace your roof, but keep in mind that the longer you put this off, the more potential it has to cause damage to your brand-new roof.  The real question here is, why wouldn’t you replace your gutters now?

Do I have to replace my skylights if I get a new roof?

Another great question!  When looking at your skylight and trying to decide whether or not to replace it before getting your new roof, there are few things we’d like you to keep in mind.  

  1. When was the last time you replaced your skylight?  Was it recently?  Then you are good to go my friend!
  2. Will your skylight need to be replaced within the next few years?
  3. Would you want someone walking all over your newly waxed floors with work boots?  No?  

Then why would you want someone walking all over your new roof to replace a skylight after replacing your roof?  

Our advice it to take care of your skylight needs prior to having a roofer come out and install, this way you are fully covered with your roof replacement as opposed to having someone come and install a skylight after roof installation and compromise your roof warranty.

How long does it typically take to install a new roof?

Just like anything great in life, results are not immediate here.  Here at Flynn Roofing you can expect us to complete your installation start to finish within 1-2 days though!  We pride ourselves on having a quick and seamless turnaround time, while still performing the job to the highest standards.

  **Larger homes will require more effort, which in turn will require more time.**

Will I have to clean up a lot of debris once the roof is installed?

Absolutely not!!  Imagine going out to eat and the server expected you to clear the table… 

Talk about a bad experience! 

We here at Flynn Roofing believe in completing a job from start to finish which includes any and all clean up around the home.  We have a dumpster on site for the entire installation and we even use a magnetic roller after the dumpster leaves the premises to ensure that there are no stray nails left behind so your car tires are safe and sound once the job is done! 

We hope these answered some of your most important questions and we would love an opportunity to work with you!  Please contact us today to set up an in person estimate and see how we can make your roof replacement one of the easiest experiences of your home owning life!