Do I Have To Replace My Whole Roof If It's Leaking

Do I Have To Replace My Entire Roof If It’s Leaking?

Do I Have To Replace My Entire Roof If It’s Leaking?

The last thing anyone wants to do is wake up one morning and notice that their ceiling is wet or see a roof leak during a thunderstorm or afternoon rain shower. It will probably leave you wondering if you can fix the leak or if you’ll need a complete roof replacement. There’s no easy answer to this question, and the steps you’ll have to take after noticing a leak will depend on the leak and the extent of your damages. However, you need to act quickly no matter what because a small leak can quickly turn into a massive problem. Early intervention can be the difference between repairing a simple leak or replacing your entire roof.

In the article below, we will discuss whether or not you may need to replace your entire roof after discovering a roof leak.

Contain Your Leak

If you notice an active leak dripping from a bulge in your ceiling, or there is discoloration on your ceiling, you probably have water pooling on the other side of the bulge or dark spot.

If your roof is dripping, grab a bucket or a trash can and place it under the drip. Now grab an old screwdriver or something sharp and locate the center of the bulge. Once you’ve found the center, make a puncture right in the middle. It may seem like you’re making things worse when you puncture the hole, but you’ll be allowing the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If too much water accumulates and pools, your entire ceiling could collapse. This can be tricky, but if you think you know where the leak is coming from and can safely get to the source, you can cover it with a large tarp.

If you can’t reach it or you aren’t comfortable doing so, you can contact Heart of Florida Roofing for help. We can visit your home and inspect your roof from the outside and from the inside of your home through your attic. Inspecting the underside of your roof for signs of roof damage can uncover signs of water damage, but it isn’t a foolproof method so inspecting the roof for damage is needed as well.

When The Shingles Can Be Replaced

Sometimes a roof leak can be fixed by replacing a few shingles, especially if you act quickly. However, you will need to act quickly to ensure that your roof remains in good condition.

If your shingles are cracked or torn they can be replaced individually. If the crack or tear is minor, they may not even have to be replaced and could be fixed using a roof sealant. If you notice that some shingles are missing pieces, the entire shingle will need to be replaced. This usually happens if debris is blown onto your roof, causing pieces of your shingles to break off. If your leaky roof is missing entire shingles, they need to be replaced right away. When you have missing shingles, your roof becomes vulnerable to the elements, especially wind and rain.

A minor leak will quickly turn into a huge issue if this isn’t remedied. Wind can get under the surrounding shingles and cause further damage, and rain can leak into the areas where the shingles are missing.

When The Entire Roof Must Be Replaced

Every now and then, every type of roof, from tile roofs to metal roofs, has to be replaced by roofing professionals. If your asphalt shingles are between 20 and 25 years old, they are at the very end of their lifecycle, and you should consider replacing your entire roof if you notice a leak. If you don’t, you may find yourself constantly replacing shingles and making repairs.

Curled shingles are often a sign that they are past their life expectancy. When shingles curl, they will leave your roof exposed to wind and rain damage.

If you notice granules in your gutters or downspouts, that may also be a sign it’s time to replace your entire roof. Roof granules help keep UV rays from penetrating the asphalt coating.

Contact Heart of Florida Roofing

Finding a roof leak can be frustrating, and having your roof fixed or repaired isn’t always the most exciting home improvement task. However, it may be the most essential one.

Regular inspections after heavy rains are necessary to check for any potential leaks. Roof leaks that are left untreated can weaken the structural integrity of your roof and be very costly in the long run.

If you want to avoid a premature roof replacement, find an Orlando roof repair company. Finding quality roofers to work with will save you money, especially in the long run, because they will do the job right the first time.

The Heart of Florida team has been fixing roof leaks in Kissimmee and the surrounding Central Florida area for years and has extended the lives of countless roofs.

Contact Heart of Florida Roofing today for your free roofing estimate!

How Long Should My Roof Last

How Long Should My Roof Last? 

How Long Should My Roof Last?

One of the key factors that determine if you need a new roof is the age of the roof. We all know roofs don’t last forever, but homeowners may be asking themselves: how long should my roof last?

Generally, you can expect your roof to last about 30 years. But, the actual lifespan of your roof depends on a number of things, including the type of roofing materials that were used as well as the environment.

What factors impact how long your roof lasts?

  • Quality of the installation workmanship – A poor quality installation will shorten your roof’s lifespan.
  • Environmental conditions – Exposure to high winds, extreme temperatures, and falling debris can decrease how long your roof lasts.
  • The quality of materials used – Cheaper materials won’t cost as much upfront but will have to be replaced more often than other expensive roofing materials.
  • The type of roofing material used – Each roofing material has different durability, making them last longer or shorter in different conditions.

While there are several factors that impact how long your roof lasts, your roof’s lifespan most heavily depends on the materials used. Let’s take a closer look at the various roof types and how long each of them lasts.

Different roof types and how long they last

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the United States because they are affordable, durable, and include warranties of up to 25 years. Made of fiberglass and asphalt sealant, asphalt shingles can effectively protect your roof structure from snow, wind, rain, and harsh UV rays.

Most asphalt shingle roofs will last between 15 and 30 years. However, this can vary based on the climate and weather conditions of where you live. For example, asphalt shingles won’t last as long in Arizona, because the dramatic temperature changes will cause the shingles to crack.

The type of asphalt shingle roof will also influence how long your roof will last.

  • 3-tab shingles typically last between 15 and 20 years. They are the cheapest asphalt shingle option.
  • Architectural shingles, or dimensional shingles, have a longer lifespan of 20 to 30 years. However, architectural shingles do come at a higher price tag.
  • Premium shingles can last between 25 and 40 years and have the highest price.

When your asphalt shingles start to reach between 15 and 20 years in age, or if your roof has experienced storm damage, you should consider a roof inspection to determine if you need a replacement.

Signs you need an asphalt roof replacement: Cracked shingles, curling, and/or mineral granules from the shingles in your gutters.

Metal roofing

A metal roof can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years with warranties from 20 years to a lifetime, depending on the type of metal and the design of the roof. Metal roofs made of premium metals like copper and zinc can sometimes last for over 100 years!

There are a few different types of metal roofing, and each one offers a different lifespan.

  • Stand seam metal roofing, the most common type of residential metal roof, has a lifespan of 50 years and can withstand winds over 100 miles per hour.
  • Ribbed metal panels are cheaper to install than standing seam roofing, but they only last between 25 and 50 years.
  • Stone-coated steel tiles are popular in areas prone to hurricanes, like Florida. This type of metal roof lasts between 30 and 50 years and can withstand wind speeds up to 155 miles per hour.

Signs you need a metal roof replacement: Widespread rust, discoloration, roof leak damage, water staining in the attic, and/or mold.

Wood shakes and shingles

Usually, a wooden shingle roof lasts for about 30 years with warranties that run up to 30 years. In order for wood shingles and shake roofs to last, however, you need to perform regular maintenance. Wooden roof upkeep includes yearly cleanings, as well as repainting or staining every 5 years.

The type of wood that you use will also determine how long the roof will last. Cedar shakes, for example, last longer than other types of wooden shingles because cedar is rot and insect-resistant. Cedar shakes are also able to withstand winds up to 245 miles per hour, which makes them a popular type of roofing material for coastal homes.

Signs you need a wooden roof replacement: Splitting shingles, rotting shingles, pest damage, mold, and/or algae growth.

Clay tile roof

Clay tile roofs are extremely durable and can last anywhere between 50 to 100 years, and manufacturers offer warranties anywhere from 30 years to a lifetime! The life expectancy of clay tile roofs is so long because tiles are weather, rot, and fire-resistant.

To ensure that your clay tile roof lasts as long as possible, it’s important to properly clean your roof. If a clay tile roof isn’t regularly cleaned, algae, moss, and mold can accumulate. Moss is the most dangerous, as its roots can penetrate the tiles, ultimately causing roof leaks.

Slate tile roof

Slate roofs have one of the longest life expectancies of any roofing material, ranging from 75 to 200 years. Slate tile manufacturers offer warranties ranging anywhere from 50 years to a lifetime. Slate holds up great to extreme weather conditions, like high winds or changing temperatures. It also doesn’t require much maintenance, as slate retains almost no moisture.

Keep in mind that slate is extremely heavy – 100 square feet of slate will weigh around 1,000 pounds. Before installing a slate roof, you need to have your roofing system inspected to make sure it can withstand that weight.

Increase your roof lifespan with regular roof maintenance

The key to having a long-lasting roof is to schedule regular roof maintenance and inspections performed by roofing contractors. By identifying issues early and performing roof repairs, you can extend your roof’s lifespan with these small home improvements.

If it is time for you to consider a new roof, contact Heart of Florida Roofing. With a trusted roofer on your side, you’re sure to have a long-lasting roof that will shelter you for years to come.