After three decades, it’s not just materials you should be concerned about. Roofing techniques have also evolved in that time. The use of outdated techniques can make your roof more risky.
Two Ways Old Roof Repair Techniques Can Prematurely Age Your Roof
Nothing against the roofers of 20 or 30 years ago, but times have changed. And here in Florida, we’ve seen a complete shift in the way residential roofing is done.
All in all, there are two major ways the “old-fashioned approach” can subtract years from your roof’s service life. A roof inspection will let you know if either or both of them apply to you. They are:
1. Your Shingles Might Have Been “Roofed Over” In Previous Repair Projects
Laying new shingle layers over existing ones was once common practice. It was usually done once, but could even be done twice. Unfortunately, “roofing over” can cause many issues.
When shingles are roofed over, the surface layer of roofing materials can become too heavy for the roof decking underneath. A triple layer of asphalt shingles can be as heavy as a single layer of slate shingles, one of the heaviest roofing materials available.
Roofing over makes existing surface irregularities worse. Think about it: Bubbles, bumps, and waves in the roof aren’t fixed, just covered up. Weak spots are still there. These usually indicate a problem with underlayment or decking that requires residential roof repair.
All in all, roofing over was used most often by amateur roofers and homeowners doing DIY projects. It saves time and effort, but professional Jacksonville roofers should always go the extra mile.
2. Your Roof Might Not Be Up To Florida’s Current Building Code Standards
Florida has some of the strictest building codes in the United States, but it wasn’t always so. Codes evolved quickly after Florida’s devastating experience with Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
That was about 28 years ago, and a good number of Florida homes were built before the monster storm struck. In general, older homes aren’t required to adopt new building standards: They only apply to new construction. So, older roofs might not include all the safety features they should.
One area where this is obvious is wind mitigation. In Florida, insurance companies are required to provide premium discounts on wind coverage for homes that incorporate wind protection features.
Some wind mitigation features can only be installed when a brand new roof is being put in. So, while your home may be protected in other ways, you might not qualify for maximum savings on your monthly insurance costs.
Needless to say, every bit of wind mitigation technology in your home helps. A new roof is stronger, sturdier, and more likely to stand up to the havoc that hurricane season can wreak.
At Plair Homes, we will help you make the right decision on roof replacement. Our team will install your new roof according to the highest standards of the residential roofing industry.
To find out more or get started, just contact us today.