Logan Circle Roofing
Signs Your Washington, D.C. Home Needs a Roof Replacement
Roof replacement is necessary for numerous reasons: the roof is failing to provide adequate protection against rain damage, mould growth, and insects; water is leaking into the home, causing costly mould build-ups and water damage; or the roof has sustained too much wear and tear and needs to be replaced. Roofs are most often replaced when they need to be replaced due to age: as the building grows older, it becomes more susceptible to moisture damage, decay, and rot. When the roof needs to be replaced, there are a few things to consider. Are there any structural deficiencies in the roof? Is the roof directly or indirectly supporting any of the building’s components? Whether you are replacing your entire roof, starting from scratch or need a few repairs, BGV Constructions LLC has the type and style of roof you are looking for. We guarantee to provide you with a durable roofing system that can withstand the harsh weather and climate of Washington DC.
Structural deficiencies, such as inadequate flashing, gaps, weak structural ribs, missing or cracked shingles, missing or broken tiles, and other issues can lead to leaks, resulting in costly repairs. If these defects are not detected and addressed, then additional repair or replacement may be necessary. The cost of the new roof will depend on the extent of the defective condition, as well as the cost of removing and replacing the defective component. For example, if the shingles or flashing are defective and determined to need replacement, the cost of replacing them will almost always be greater than the cost of having the existing roof repaired or replaced.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Another issue that can arise with the shingles of a roof, and one that often leads to problems with the shingles and flashing, is a sagging roof. Sagging roofs, when left unfixed or undetected, can result in moisture buildup around the perimeter of the roof, which in turn can lead to moisture damage to the framing around the house. Sagging roofs are typically more expensive to repair or replace because the existing roof structure cannot support the extra weight caused by the sagging roofing material. In addition, the metal of the shingles may become worn and rusted.
Roofing shingles replacement is an option for many homeowners who have sagging roofs, especially if it is not feasible for them to buy and install anew. There are many different factors to consider before purchasing replacement shingles, however. First, there is the issue of whether the homeowner actually needs a new roof; some people get a new roof when they need a new roof, but others try to extend their current roof so they have a longer roof-life. Also, some homeowners choose to replace their entire roof if they want to, which can be an extremely costly venture.
Leaks and Water Damage
When water makes its way through roof shingles, the plywood beneath weakens and rots, causing a sagging roofline. This can deteriorate your roof and cause serious problems. In D.C., where flat roofs are common, cold weather can freeze drains and trap water within the roof system. This can lead to roof flashing and water leaks, making it difficult to discharge the drain without causing damage.
The main problem with improper installation is that it usually isn’t detected right away. In many cases, a faulty roofing procedure can go unnoticed until it’s significantly damaged. If left unchecked, bad roofing can lead to leaks and more damage. Whether you’re doing it yourself or paying a professional, reroofing your roof should always be left to the experts. Proper installation ensures a good shape for your tiles and gutter protection.
Many people think that adding felt paper to a roof is enough to solve many problems, but it’s not. In fact, felt paper can actually add damage because of its porous nature. The felt paper will pick up any water or liquid and transmit it into the underlying structure, causing it to expand. This means that any subsequent repair attempts will be more expensive and longer-lasting than the original problem. In addition, the expansion can mean that your shingles and roof materials are no longer in good shape.
Damage from high winds
Roofing experts often recommend that homeowners use asphalt shingles on all but the smallest roofs. This is because asphalt shingles offer the best overall performance. While they are more expensive than metal or other roofing materials, they are far more weather resistant. However, they do not offer the same degree of durability that larger-sized shingles do.
The one area where flashing is especially important is around your chimneys. If there are flashing issues, then it is essential that you hire a roofing professional to fix them. If you have flat roofs, flashing can help prevent water from reaching your home. However, if you have steeply pitched roofs, flashing can help protect your home from high winds. There are also many options available to you when it comes to fixing and repairing your chimney.
Choosing the right company for your roof project
New roofing materials are becoming available every day, but you need to make sure that you are choosing materials that are built to last. The best option available to you is slate shingles. These are made with a heavyweight glass-ceramic matrix which is resistant to the effects of weather, rot, and insects. In fact, they are so durable that if your current roof needs replacing, you should consider installing slate shingles for the life of your new roof.
If your roof is experiencing any of these signs, it’s likely that you need a roof replacement. Here in BGV Construction makes taking the plunge easy and affordable. From minor roof repairs to full roof installations, we’re committed to superior workmanship and service—all while keeping your budget in mind. Choosing us for your next project will leave you with the premium, unique results you’ve been looking for.