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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard By Roof Damage

Understanding residential roof replacement is key to knowing if your roof can be repaired or replaced after a windstorm or bad thunderstorm. Folsom residents know that California’s weather can be unpredictable. And even an undamaged roof may be less effective at preventing water damage and mold growth thanks to wear and tear from age.

As a homeowner, you’re looking to protect your assets. A new roof can be a considerable investment, so it’s important for you to know and trust the information you receive. 

How do you know if your roof is damaged? Can your roof be repaired or is a total replacement required? Can the new materials match the old ones when patching a roof? And how do you work with insurance?

Luckily, we have the answers to your questions.

What Are Signs Of Roof Damage?

What signs should you watch out for when deciding if your home needs a new roof? Missing shingles are a pretty obvious clue. Any storm that can remove shingles may mean your home needs a new roof or at least a roof repair. 

Another sign is excessive mold or algae growth on the roof. This can indicate that there is too much moisture on the roof, which typically means there is damage and water is getting in.

Curling shingles or cracked shingles also show an excess of wear and tear, leaving gaps that don’t sufficiently protect your home. 

Finally, age is a factor in how well your roof protects your home. If your roof is over 20 years old, in most cases exposure to heat and UV radiation will degrade its effectiveness over time. Even if it hasn’t been hit by a tree or damaged in a storm, an old roof still needs to be replaced.

What Happens If I Delay Roof Repairs?

Delaying repairs can cause all kinds of unexpected damage. Your roof is the first line of defense against rain, weather, pests and mold. If you have a leak, water can get in between damaged portions of your roof and cause wood swelling, mold, and other damage.

 In fact, the longer you delay repairs, the more likely there will be extensive damage. A small gap between shingles can let in all kinds of pests. If the wood beneath the roof rots, it can lead to damage that must be repaired before the new roof can be installed. 

While delaying repairs may seem like a good idea, especially if you are concerned about your budget, this delay can wind up costing you more money in the long run.

Should I Repair Or Replace My Roof?

The extent of your roof’s damage will determine what the best approach is regarding roof replacement or repair. If your entire roof is aged and no longer adequately protecting your home, then it needs to be fully replaced. 

Storm damage that causes missing shingles or shattered shingles, or a tree fall that damages the rafters can be repaired in most cases if the rest of the roof is in good condition. New materials can be sourced that will match the original roof as closely as possible.

Asphalt shingles are an example of a roofing material that is easy to repair or replace. In many cases, damaged asphalt shingles are overlaid with new and more functional shingles. This reduces labor costs and cleanup while still adequately protecting your home with new shingles. 

For materials like cement tiles, damaged or cracked tiles must be fully removed so the final roofline is more uniform.

Regardless of whether a small patch or a full replacement is required, we will work with you to find the right option for your home, both in terms of style and cost.

But What Is The Cost Of A Roof Replacement?

Your roof is an essential part of your home. Without it, water and mold can enter your home and cause damage to your belongings and your health. That said, a roof is an investment, and you should work with a company that understands the importance of your investment and how to work with insurance in the event of a damage claim.

Roof costs are affected by the material you select. Homeowners looking for long-term durability balanced against a budget can choose from the six different materials we offer for roofs. We offer something for every budget. That’s what makes us Folsom’s trusted roof repair contractors.

Repairing Your Roof Means Finding A Trusted Expert

Here at Lucero’s Roofing, we have over 23 years of experience as Sacramento County’s trusted expert on residential roof repair. More than 80 percent of our work comes from referrals because our clients trust the work we have done on their homes. 

We know your home is a valuable investment. That’s why we offer emergency roofing services for situations where time is valuable. We are also a preferred contractor for Owens Corning, Eagle Tile, and Malarkey. And did you know we offer free inspections?

 Folsom residents looking for residential roof repair or replacement should contact Lucero’s Roofing today for a free quote.