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Reasons You May Have To Replace Your Home's Roof

There are few home improvement and repair projects that are more costly and major than a roof replacement. When it comes to this particular home repair and improvement project, there are several common reasons for a homeowner to need to have their entire roof replaced.

Widespread Missing Shingles

Strong winds moving through the area can cause many of the protective shingles that cover the roof to be removed. This can leave the roof unprotected, and you will need to act quickly to replace the shingles. Unfortunately, when the missing shingles are widespread, this can lead to the homeowner needing to have the entire roof replaced. As long as the structural supports are undamaged, this can be a relatively quick reroofing option so that you can repair your home with minimal costs and disruptions.

Large Punctures Through The Roof

If a large item, such as a branch or storm debris, were to strike the roof, it would likely create a large puncture. One of these punctures can be a serious problem, as it will weaken the entire roof and allow water to enter the home. Unfortunately, large punctures are among the most difficult repairs to make, as it can be necessary to remove the current roof so that the underlying supports can be replaced or patched. Luckily, the home's roof will be fully restored once the replacement has been completed.

Significant Moisture Damage

Moisture damage is another common cause of a roof needing to be replaced. When moisture is able to get past the tiles or shingles, it is possible for it to cause the underlying supports of the roof to rot. This is one of the more extreme types of damage that a roof can sustain. Eventually, this rot can cause the entire roof to collapse in on the rest of the home. Unlike roof replacements that are limited to replacing shingles or tiles, this type of project will likely require the entire roof to be replaced. During this replacement, you may want to make improvements to reduce the risk of moisture damage occurring in the future, such as upgrading the drainage for the roof and applying a protective coating to reduce the risk of moisture damage.

Understanding the potential reasons why your home may need to have its roof replaced can help you to appreciate when the time is arriving for this work to be done. In particular, knowing that widespread missing shingles, large punctures, and significant moisture damage are the leading reasons for needing to replace a roof may help you to act quickly when these problems develop or to take steps to mitigate this risk. Contact a company that offers residential roof replacement services to learn more.