Every home will need a roof installed (or replaced) at some point, a process than can be both complex and costly. Your home is probably your biggest investment and putting on a new roof is most likely the most expensive repair you'll ever make. Choosing the right roofing company is important and in the Augusta, Georgia, area DependaRoof is the right roofing company.
Lead by a team of customer service specialists, DependaRoof is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction on every project. We offer the finest quality roof products, we use the latest technology available and our roofers are trained to get the job done right, the first time. When you meet with our roofing advisors, you'll get an honest appraisal of your situation and a fair quote for doing the work ... not a sales pitch and a false promise. And if our guys recommend a complete replacement, you can rest assured your home needs a new roof.
We understand that when it’s time to replace the roof on your house that it can be a difficult process. Whether it is selecting the right contractor, determining your budget, or choosing the right roofing product; DependaRoof has the experience to help you make the decision that best fits your particular situation.
Depending on the type of material you choose the roof of your home can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Our roofing advisors will go over all the choices with you and help you select the best option for home. Here is what you need to know about residential roofing materials:
Composition or Asphalt Shingles -- These relatively inexpensive shingles come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles. They are readily available, easy to install and repair and fire resistant. They are the most commonly chosen material for residential roofs.
Metal Shingles and Roofing -- This lightweight and durable roofing material is available in a variety of styles and colors. Metal roofs are low maintenance and can be installed over your current roof. However, they can be expensive and difficult to install.
Wood Shingles -- Wood shingles can last up to 50 years if properly maintained. They offer some insulation and blend into the natural environment. These shingles require a lot of maintenance but they are easy to repair and replace. You will find that they are expensive.
Slate -- Slate roofs are very distinctive and offer a long life. Slate is fire proof and requires very little in the way of maintenance. However, slate roofs can be very expensive and fragile.
Tile -- Tile roofs come in a full range of styles and colors to suit your taste. They are fireproof, attractive and easy to keep maintained. On the downside, they are expensive and tricky to repair or replace, because they are quite fragile.
Take Care of Your Roof
Your roof takes care of you — return the favor with a yearly inspection that’ll stop moisture damage and head off expensive repairs.
A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out on a warm day and fix any problems you find.
If you’re squeamish about heights, don’t worry. You can do a thorough inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Or, you can get up close and personal with your roof using a ladder. However, there’s no need to get up on your roof just yet. The less you walk around up there, the better for your roofing — and the safer for you. Work your way around your house, noting any potential problems.
If you find piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Check the age of your roofing and see if it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.
A roof in need of attention (repair or replacement) will show multiple signs that you should never ignore. This Old House describes a list of cues that you should be looking for both inside and of the home.
The interior check should be a thorough inspection of the highest ceilings in your home (often times in a crawl or attic space). Take a flashlight and get as close to the ceiling as you can safely to look for the following cues:
Roof deck is sagging. This is a sure sign that your roof is not doing its job. Roof deck sagging is a cue that your home has experienced long-term water damage and needs professional attention.
Signs of water damage or leaking. Water damage can exist on the ceiling, along the walls, or in the insulation of your attic. You will want to do a visual and manual check. Any wetness felt or seen during your inspection requires a professional’s attention.
Dark spots and trails or other forms of discoloration. Dark (or sometimes white) staining on the inside of your attic can be a sign that your roof has experienced long-term leakage. You will want to consult a professional immediately as long term leaks in your roof can become quite costly. You will want to solve this problem quickly.
Outside light showing through the roof. Check to see if light is coming in through the roof boards. If you can see any amount of light, then you can be certain that water will find a similar path into your home.
The exterior inspection of your home can be a bit trickier (and dangerous). You should only complete as much of the inspection as you feel you can safely accomplish. Pay attention to everything at the top of your home (eaves, gutters, and shingles can all display signs of wear and aging). If you are unable to do a thorough inspection, then you may want to invest in having a professional climb onto the house to examine the integrity of your roof. The following cues are signs that your roof needs attention:
Crack, torn, bald, or missing shingles. The conditions of your shingles can be very telling as to the condition of your roof. Missing shingles can be a sign of harsh weather in which winds have pulled up several shingles or can be symptomatic of bigger issues. Read the shingles closely. Curled shingles, particularly in sunny slopes of the roof, can be indicative of your shingles having reached their expiration date and needing replacement. Missing shingles along the “valley” of your roof could be more problematic as these are points with high leaking potential. While you are inspecting your shingles, you want to pay particular attention to the “tabs” on the roof. Make sure that they are in-tact.
Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes, vents, or other penetrations. This inspection can be both preventative and evaluative. Loose fittings can be the cause or the symptom of larger roofing issues. You will want to do a close, thorough inspection of these points to determine if any loose fittings simply need repair or if they are a sign that a soft, warped roof is in need of repair.
Shingle granules in the gutter. An excessive number of shingle granules (which will often look like dark sand crystals) in your gutter can be a sign that your roof has experienced advanced wear and is need of replacement.
Signs of moisture, mold, or rot. These may include soft spots in the roof or discoloration under missing or damaged shingles. You want to be careful when doing this kind of inspection because the damage caused by missing or destroyed shingles may not be limited to the roof exposed to the elements. Water will likely follow path to lower points before doing the damage to the sub-roof.