Reasons for a New Roof in Connecticut
Getting a Professional Inspection Done
The need for new roofing is more obvious in some cases than others, but the decision is always important. Roof installation or replacement is a significant investment that has a big impact on the appearance, value, and function of your home.
JP Carroll Roofing specializes in both roof replacement and new roof installation in Connecticut. There are many reasons to install a new roof, which is why our expert roofers will inspect your home's roof and help you decide if roof replacement is necessary and worth the investment.
If you rent out a home, are planning on selling your home, or if your roof is more than 20 years old, JP Carroll Roofing suggests having your roof inspected to assess any damage and determine if the roof can be repaired or if it's time for a new roof.
It's important to replace your roof at the right time. Waiting too long to replace your roof or installing a new roof before it's necessary could end up costing you. Our roof inspection can help determine whether your home needs a new roof or if roofing repairs and maintenance are enough.
When to Replace a Roof
Unless there are obvious signs you should replace your roof, like a leaky roof, you may be unsure whether new installation is the answer. Aside from repairing a leak, there few other reasons you might need to move forward with a roof replacement, including to repair storm damage, increase property value, finish a home remodel, or because your current roof is badly worn and distressed.
Learn more about when to replace a roof by reading below.
- Repair storm damage:
Storms can damage roofing in several ways. High winds sometimes blow roof shingles off the roof, creating obvious empty areas that need to be re-roofed. Indirect damage is also common: Wind causes tree branches or entire trees to come down on the roof, often damaging the roof structure as well as roof shingles. Rather than make spot repairs following storm damage, it’s often smarter to replace the roof.
- Increase home value:
Even if your asphalt shingle roof isn’t worn or damaged, it can make sense to replace your roofing to increase curb appeal and real estate value. Some homeowners decide to install new roofing as part of their preparation for selling a house.
When combined with new exterior siding or an exterior paint job, new roofing can really make an older home look brand new. Apart from its aesthetic impact, a new roof offers a great deal of financial security to a prospective home buyer. The new owner won’t have to worry about roof replacement or common roofing problems for a long time.
- Replace a worn roof:
Asphalt roof shingles typically last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Unfortunately, factors such as storm damage, low slope, ice damming, and mold or moss growth can significantly shorten the life of an asphalt roof. If you wait too long to replace a worn roof, you risk even more severe problems like rotted roof framing and leaks that can damage the house and its contents.
- Complete a major remodel:
Are you planning to build an addition? How about adding some dormers or skylights? These major remodeling projects involve changes to your roofline and the installation of new roofing. Rather than have an unattractive mix of new and old roofing, many homeowners elect to have a total re-roof done as part of the project.
Frequently Asked Roofing Questions
How do I know if my roof has failed?
Some general clues include:
- Curling, cupping, and cracking of asphalt shingles
- Severe loss of mineral granules from asphalt shingles
- Leaks in numerous locations
- Continued leaks despite repeated repairs
What is the best time of year to replace my roof?
The optimum time to replace your roof is when the temperature is above 32 degrees when the wind and rain are at the lowest intensity. This allows the roofer the best conditions for installation, with the fewest interruptions, and chances of leaking.
I have roof leaks from ice dams. What can I do?
Ice dams have presented a major problem in New England in recent years. There are multiple actions that need to take place in order to protect your home in case an ice dam does form. First and foremost, a new roof with a proper underlayment schedule of at least 6 feet of ice and water shield is essential to protect your roof. Lack of insulation in your home is a major contribution to the formation of ice dams, so check your insulation levels, and increase as necessary. Please refer to your local building codes to check how much insulation you should have.
Ventilation is also key to keeping your attic free of moisture and condensation. Proper ventilation levels should exist within your attic space. If you have any questions on ice dams, insulation levels, or proper ventilation please speak to one of our roofing experts today to discuss your options.
At JP Carroll Roofing, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.
The workmanship of the roof replacement was well coordinated and implemented as promised. John Schultz was very knowledgeable, thorough and detail in his explanation of the roofing project.Jim
Overall fantastic experience, the staff was timely and professional and the customer service I received was above and beyondSam
The price for his time and work was beyond reasonable. I slept very well knowing my roof was leak-free.Sam
Jack was the best. Took care of all of our needs and more. I would highly recommend JP Carroll to all my friends and family.Mike G.
I could not believe how fast they were able to complete such a big job. Well doneSteve