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August 14, 2017
Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?
Here at GreenPoint Roofing of Longmont, Colorado, a frequent question we hear from customers is, should you replace your roof before selling your home? This week we want to address this issue and discuss the pros and cons of replacing your roof before putting your home on the market.
Most homeowners will make at least some effort to catch up on maintenance in their home and ensure it is looking its best before they attempt to sell it. Replacing the roof is a big job that requires some serious financial and time investment. Keep reading to find out should you replace your roof before selling your home?
Will a New Roof Really Make a Difference?
For homeowners trying to sell their house, a visibly old roof with noticeable damage such as missing or curling shingles, structural sagging, mold and mildew growth is an instant warning sign to potential buyers. The state of the roof leaves a strong visual impression on visitors to your home. Before they even enter, they can be turned off by the sight of a roof in disrepair and may even conclude that the entire home is unmaintained. Some buyers are open to the idea of taking on a property that needs a lot of work, but most will want to be able to move in immediately without putting a lot of extra money into renovations.
If you do invest in a brand-new roof before putting your house on the market, the overall impression made on those viewing the home will be much better. You will not be limiting the potential buying market to those ready to take on a massive refurbishment project. With a new roof, your home will be instantly more attractive, and you can easily set a higher asking price. A brand-new roof will greatly influence a professional evaluation of your home, and this can give the seller better-negotiating power when it comes to finalizing the price.
If I Choose to Replace the Roof
When deciding should you replace your roof before selling your home, there are a couple of things to take into consideration. First, think about the cost versus the payoff. Get some quotes for the roof replacement and make sure the job is within your budget. Then, compare the cost of the full roof replacement to the change in asking price of the home you can reasonably set once the roof has been replaced. If the extra amount of money you can make on selling your home after a roof replacement is greater than the cost of the roof replacement, then it does make financial sense to go ahead and replace your roof. Buyers will consider not only the monetary cost of the new roof but also the value of the time and organization put into the job and the inconvenience of having the roof replaced.
Just because you plan on selling the home does not mean you can cut corners when it comes to replacing your roof. Find a professional roofing contractor with an excellent reputation and plenty of experience. If in doubt, check their online reviews and ask whether they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau to get some idea of their reputation. Check to see if a workmanship guarantee is offered in addition to product warranties. This is another bargaining chip you can use when it comes to negotiating the final price with buyers.
Some homeowners might be tempted to re-roof a layer of new shingles over the existing shingles instead of completely tearing off and replacing the roof. This will be cheaper and less invasive to do, but it may not adequately increase the asking price of your home. A re-roofing job can be seen as rushed, or a lazy 'quick-fix' to hide problems without really addressing them. This will also be noted in any home inspection or evaluation done on your home and is generally not looked upon favorably by professionals. A complete roof replacement with neutral colored shingles or tiles will be the most effective in appealing to a wide market and increasing the value of your home.
If I Choose Not to Replace the Roof
When it comes to should you replace your roof before selling your home, homeowners who stick with the existing roof will undoubtedly save a bit of money. If your roof is relatively new and in decent condition, you may not have much to gain by replacing it. Again, you need to compare the cost of replacing the roof to the increase in selling price. If this increase is not greater than the cost of roof replacement, then it might make sense to leave it alone. It may also spare you from the stress of trying to move out of the home while the roof work is in progress.
Leaving your roof as-is allows you to get the house on the market faster. Although the roof replacement itself takes just a few days, it’s not ideal if you really need a quick sale. Houses without up to date maintenance are still being sold at a decent pace here in Longmont and the Denver area. If there are numerous homes up for sale in your neighborhood, you can set the price just below the average in the area to hopefully attract buyers. If you can attract multiple buyers, one may be willing to skip inspection and an extended negotiation, allowing you to sell the home even if the roof needs replacement.
So, should you replace your roof before selling your home? The answer to this question depends on the condition of your roof, the local housing market and how quickly you want to make the sale. Once you have weighed out the pros and cons of both options and worked out the financial benefit of replacing the roof, you should be able to make a decision that makes sense for your situation. GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont is currently offering a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements. For professional advice on replacing your roof and a free quote, simply contact us today.
July 18, 2017
Should You Recover or Tear Off Your Old Roof?
At GreenPoint Roofing, one question that is frequently asked by our clients is, should you recover or tear off your old roof and install a new one? The answer to this question depends on the state of your roof, the material it's made from, local building codes, the weather in your area and your future plans. We can help our clients make the best decision for their home by explaining the pros and cons of both. If you’re undecided on what to do with your roof, keep reading to get a better picture of your options.
First off, if your roof is in bad condition, you should have a roof inspection as soon as possible. Putting off an examination can allow the roof to deteriorate further. Only roofs in reasonable condition offer the possibility of restoration, so if you want to have that option, you need to act quickly. An inspection by a qualified roofing specialist will let you know whether your roof is a candidate for restoration.
Can My Roof be Recovered?
Only roofs with asphalt or composition shingles can be restored by laying a second layer of shingles over the existing ones. This type of restoration is not suitable for wooden shakes, slate shingles or terracotta roofing tiles. You cannot lay new asphalt shingles over a different roofing material, only over previously installed asphalt shingles. Of course, a roof with multiple layers is not necessarily a stronger, superior roof. Usually, the second layer of shingles is laid down in an attempt to save a weakened, failing roof.
Why Choose Recovery?
When deciding should you recover or tear off your old roof, the main attraction of a roof restoration or re-roofing is that it’s fast and inexpensive. The other option is to completely tear off the old, damaged structure and install a brand new roof. Because tearing off a roof is such a major project, some homeowners will avoid it if possible and just have an old roof covered by a layer of new shingles.
Recovering the roof by adding a second layer of shingles is faster than completely starting over, but it does require some prep work. Misshapen or buckled shingles need to be removed in addition to the vents and ridge caps before the new shingles are installed. The roof's flashing will also need to replacement when the new shingles are laid down. It can quickly become an intensive project in itself.
Downsides of Roof Recovery
Recovering a roof seems to be the obvious choice when it comes to convenience and cost. While it is an attractive option, re-roofing usually just prolongs the inevitable task of tearing off the roof and installing a new one. If the underlayment or sheathing of your roof is damaged, or if your current shingles have a serious issue with mold or mildew, re-roofing only conceals problems while allowing them to progress further, even spreading damage into your home. If that happens, then you’re not exactly saving money!
With a complete tear-off and new roof installation, the underlayment layer of waterproof tar paper will be completely replaced. In snowy climates, a new ice and water shield will be applied to the sheathing along the eaves of the roof. This rubbery membrane is designed to protect the roof from damage caused by ice dams. If you choose recovery, you will not have the opportunity to replace these components of your roof for updated and more efficient materials.
Asphalt shingles are designed to be laid down on a flat surface. When you re-roof over existing shingles, the irregular surface can make it harder to achieve uniform rows of shingles giving it a not so pleasant appearance. Any misshapen or curling shingles in the first layer will affect the second layer, making it look bumpy and uneven.
Adding a second layer of shingles will also double the weight of your roof. The support structure of a roof is designed to withstand one set of shingles, plus the maximum weight of a heavy snowfall, with an added safety margin. Doubling the number of shingles on the roof can bring it closer to breaking the safety margin. Overloading a roof that has an old or damaged structure can risk collapsing the roof!
Another risk of recover instead of replacing your roof is the possibility of voiding the warranty on your new shingles. Some warranties lay out specific installation and maintenance requirements. Using the shingles to re-roof over old material often fall outside of the standard uses of the product and invalidate the warranty. Be sure to check product warranties and local building codes before commencing a re-roofing project. In certain areas with high hailstorm activity, like here in Colorado, the maximum number of roofing layers permitted by building codes is either one or two.
Finally, a recovered roof will certainly be noted in a home inspection report and is usually considered a negative element. There are more potential problems associated with a recent re-roofing than with an entirely new roof. Eventually, the two layers of roofing will need to be torn down for a new replacement to be installed, and that will double the cost of the roof removal. House hunters may be put off buying a home with two layers (or more) of roofing shingles.
Making the decision to reroof or tear off and start from scratch can be difficult. It is tempting to save a few bucks and forgo tearing off an old roof. Considering all the advantages and disadvantages, it usually makes more sense to go the extra mile and tear off your old roof then start fresh. The new roof will offer better protection, last longer, look new, be protected by a warranty and attract future buyers.
If you absolutely cannot afford the additional expense of tearing down the roof, consider restoration. Remember this option will only be viable if your existing roof is in relatively good condition, your local building codes permit it, and you don't experience severe hail or ice-dam problems.
When it comes to should you recover or tear off your old roof, just be sure to hire a licensed and experienced roofing contractor to do the job. GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont offers affordable residential roofing solutions to clients across the Front Range of Colorado. Currently, we offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements, so there has never been a better time to get in touch with us if you are considering replacing your roof.
June 26, 2017
In Case of Roof Emergency, Here's What to Do
A roof leak can ruin your day, even your home. So, in case of roof emergency, here’s what to do. Follow today’s tips from GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont to minimize the damage and keep everything under control until one of our professionals arrives. The most important thing is to contact a roofing specialist as soon as possible and to keep calm.
A roofing emergency can occur during a storm or bout of inclement weather. High winds and hailstones can knock shingles off your roof and even dislodge flashing and gutters. Earthquakes, fires, lightning, and falling trees or posts also have the potential to cause sudden and severe damage to your roof.
Sometimes, a roof can reach its breaking point after accumulating years of wear and tear. For whatever reason, if you notice visible signs of a leak, such as water stains on the ceiling or structural damage to your roof, it is important to act fast. If the damage is severe and you think the integrity of your home has been compromised, take the precaution of evacuating the building. It is a good idea to flip the main breaker of your home's fuse box if you are worried about water entering the electrical installations.
Of course, you should always have the number on hand of a local roofing specialist that handles emergency repairs. GreenPoint Roofing offers this service to homes and commercial properties across the Front Range of Colorado. Once you have requested an emergency repair, you should take photos of the damage already done. This may be useful for filing an insurance claim later.
If there is an active leak, you want to find the path of the water and stop it from doing further damage. Put containers under any points that are obviously dripping water. If you have ceiling tiles or other easy-to-remove materials that have been damaged, it's best to remove them. This will make it easier to identify the source of the leak and find the location of pooling water. If there is water running down your walls, try to use towels to absorb it close to the source.
Water damage will cause unsightly stains on ceiling and walls, but it can also make a more permanent mark. You may not notice water soaking into the insulation, framing, and decking of your home, but once it is in there, it can start a slow rotting process that will be costly and complicated to repair. Moisture that enters the structure of your home will also encourage the growth of mold and fungus.
Once your roofing repair team arrive, they will assess the situation and start repairs without delay. If necessary, they will use tarps to cover the affected area of the roof while they are working on it. This will protect your home and its contents from further damage.
Now, in case of roof emergency, here’s what to do is no longer a mystery. For those in the Colorado area, you can contact GreenPoint Roofing for a fast and professional response.
June 15, 2017
What to Expect When Inspecting a Roof
Your experts at GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont are here to explain what to expect when inspecting a roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners inspect their own roof at least twice per year, ideally sometime during spring and fall. This will allow you to check for any noticeable damage caused during the harsher seasons of winter and summer. Roofs can suffer from ice dams created by frozen rain in winter and thermal cracking of shingles during the heat of summer.
The more frequently you inspect your roof, the easier it will be to notice small changes. Spotting some flashing that has slipped out of place, cracked shingles or an increase in dark spots can make the difference between a quick repair and the possibility of permanent damage to your home, and not just your roof. If you are in doubt, it is always best to call a certified roofing professional. They will be able to evaluate the state of your roof and identify any problem areas that need attention.
An Overview of the Roof Inspection
A professional roofing inspection will start on the interior of your home. They will usually request access to the attic to check for mold or signs of moisture reaching the interior. Ventilation will be assessed, and your insulation will be examined. Proper insulation with the appropriate R-value can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year and reduce your energy bills.
The inspection will continue outside where your roofing professional will check the lines of your roof for any sagging or bowing due to structural damage. They will examine the condition of your roofing tiles or shingles and take note of any cracking, blistering, mold growth, or loss of asphalt.
The flashing around chimneys, eaves, dormers and side walls will be checked. If you live in a cold climate, they will check for evidence of ice dams. Finally, they will review the entire roof for leaks, or broken seals where moisture can penetrate.
After the inspection, you should receive a report detailing any damage encountered, and a checklist of all the areas examined. This is important to have for your records, especially if your warranty or insurance requires evidence of regular maintenance check. If damage has been identified, your roofing professional will offer a suggested course of action.
They may also provide a quote for the recommended repairs.
Having your roof inspected by a professional will give you peace of mind. GreenPoint Roofing has been providing quality roofing services to homeowners and commercial clients in Longmont, Colorado and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years. In addition to new installations and roof repair work, we can also offer complete roof inspections at a reasonable cost.
Our extensive experience means that we already know what to expect when inspecting a roof and how to ensure our customers are not hit with unexpected costs from roofing issues that have been left to worsen over time. For more information or to get a quick quote, please feel free to get in touch.
May 18, 2017
14 Symptoms of a Roof that Needs to Be Replaced
If you want to avoid a nasty surprise, check for these 14 symptoms of a roof that needs to be replaced. GreenPoint Roofing has over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry here in Colorado. Our team has put together this list of sure signs that your roof needs some attention. Tackling an issue with your roof is easier and more affordable if you do it early. The following roof symptoms are easy-to-spot visual signs that any homeowner can check for themselves.
- Splitting or Cracked Shingles
Shingles exposed to weathering or dramatic temperature changes can suffer from 'thermal splitting.' Over time the surface of the shingle shrinks, but if the side exposed to weathering shrinks at a different rate to the inner side of the shingle, you may see lines on the shingles were the asphalt coating has cracked. This splitting or cracking can happen in any direction or a vein pattern.
- Sagging or Bowing Roof
A visibly sagging roofline indicates a severe structural problem with your roof. Sometimes a bowing roof is not visible from outside, but you may notice cracks in your ceiling drywall. This can indicate that the rafters or roof sheathing are not fully supporting the weight of the roof.
- Creasing Shingles
Creasing shingles happen when there are gaps that allow winds to get under the shingles and bend them upwards, creating protruding creases along the shingle. If the shingles are improperly installed, or if the underside has protruding nails, it's possible that the sealant will not fully adhere the shingles, leaving them vulnerable to gaps and creasing.
- Separating and Broken Seals
You may notice shingles that have lifted and are separated from their adhesive strips or seals. High winds or loose nails can allow shingles to break away from the sealant between each layer. This compromises the structure’s waterproofing abilities and the roof should be repaired without delay.
- Cupping Shingles
Cupping shingles are usually caused by exposure and weathering over time, or by ice dams. The surface of the shingle warps, leaving a concave center with raised edges forming a cup shape. Cupping shingles make your entire roof look shabby, and they can be fragile and prone to breakage.
- Ceiling Water Spots
Water stains on your ceiling are a clear sign that your roof is failing at protecting the interior of your home from the elements. Leaks in your roof can quickly lead to mold and rotting interiors. Check your attic or crawlspace for the source of the leak and use a container to collect any dripping water while you wait for a roofing professional to fix the problem.
- Buckling Shingles
Buckling shingles do not lay flat on your roof as designed. They warp or buckle outwards, usually as a result of the roofing underlayment wrinkling or moving around. They can also buckle due to poor ventilation and trapped moisture. When shingles do not lay flat, they allow more moisture and winds to enter the spaces, worsening the problem and damaging the underside of the roof.
- Damaged Flashing
Flashing is the watertight layer of metal protecting the base of chimneys or other protruding objects where they meet the roof's shingles. If you notice broken, uneven, curling or shifted flashing, your roof will be vulnerable to water entry and damage over time.
- Rotting Shingles
Rotten shingles are a sign of advanced damage to your roof. If your shingles are breaking apart, flexible and moist to the touch or easily disintegrate when manipulated, act quickly to get your roof replaced. This often occurs in organic-based shingles which are no longer on the market.
- Missing Granules
Roofing shingles are covered in granules to help protect the asphalt coating from the damage associated with UV rays and to make them fire resistant. If you notice that your shingles are balding or missing granules from their surface, you can expect rapid deterioration. When inspecting the roof, check in the gutters for an accumulation of shingle granules.
- Blistering Shingles
Shingles can blister when there isn't sufficient ventilation or insulation. Trapped moisture in the shingle expands the outer asphalt and leaves behind a pockmarked area. Blistering shingles typically happens within a year of the roof's installation and can lead to significant loss of asphalt if not addressed.
- Algae, Moss, and Lichen
Dark streaks of algae, green moss, or white spots of lichen are living organisms that can thrive on damp roofs. Shaded roofs in humid climates are more susceptible to damage from living organisms. While they do not usually cause more than superficial damage, they can ruin the appearance of a roof and should be cleaned or removed by a professional to prevent further damage.
- Missing Shingles
Heavy storms can sometimes leave your roof with a few missing shingles. Try to get them replaced as soon as possible to prevent water from reaching the underside of the roof and causing permanent damage. If your roof has a lot of missing shingles, it may be time for a complete roof replacement.
- Curling, Brittle Shingles
Curling shingles are typically found in older or worn roofs. They are a sign that the roof is approaching the end of its lifetime. When you see shingles curling upwards and away from the surface of the roof, they are no longer providing the necessary protection. Leaks and water damage beneath the shingles can quickly follow.
If you notice any of these 14 symptoms of a roof that needs to be replaced, do not ignore them. While they may seem like minor or cosmetic issues, they are often a clear sign that your roof is no longer serving its purpose. When your roof cannot adequately protect your home, you are putting at risk the very structure of the house, along with your possessions and the people living inside.
GreenPoint Roofing offers professional inspections to analyze roofing damage. If deemed necessary, we can repair or entirely replace your roof. We offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee on all shingled roof replacements. In addition to our roofing contractor services, we can also assist you in making a claim on your home insurance for damages covered by your policy. For more information, or to schedule an inspection, please feel free to get in touch with our experts.