How Often Should You Replace Your Roof?

The roof over your head provides you with security and shelter, but you’ll need to replace your roof eventually.

For most people, their house is their largest, most expensive investment they’ll ever make. One of the best ways to protect this investment and boost its value is by ensuring your roof is in optimal condition.

Don’t let your roof deteriorate. Keep reading to learn more about roof replacement.

The Lifespan of the Average Roof 

According to Home Advisor, the average roof replacement costs between $5,000-$10,000, so you probably only want to replace it if it’s deteriorating. Fortunately, your roof’s lifespan is dependent on a few factors that are under your control. The material your roof is made from will have the biggest impact on its lifespan. Here are a few of the most common materials: 

Composite or asphalt shingles: These are the most popular roofing materials. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they have the most inexpensive upfront costs. However, you do get what you pay for, so the average lifespan of these materials is 20 years. It’s worth noting that if you have higher-end shingles, such as the ones we offer, they’ll probably last you an extra decade. 

Metal roofing: These roofs are one of the most modern types, and they come in a variety of colors. A metal roof can last 50 years or longer. They require less maintenance than other roof types, are good for the environment, and are energy efficient. You may be saving money on your energy bills if you have this type of roof. 

Flat roofing: Apart from their aesthetic appeal and relationship to contemporary architecture, flat roofs have become popular over the last decades. Best of all, a properly sealed flat roof is safe to walk on, meaning you can transform your roof into a beautiful relaxation space. These roofs last approximately 20 years, but with adequate maintenance and routine inspections, you can maximize their lifespan. 

As you can see, most roofs are resistant and can last decades; however, you can increase your roof’s lifespan by maintaining it. 

What Types of Damage Should I Watch out For? 

You should get your roof professionally inspected at least once a year. We recommend scheduling an inspection in the spring. Beyond a professional inspection, you can look for mildew, attic stains, curling, leaking, and missing or bald shingles a few times a year when you’re taking care of maintenance.

Knowing When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof 

It’s easy to tell if your roof needs replacement by looking at its shingles. If you notice they aren’t laying flat against the surface, it may be time to consult with an expert roofer. Although sometimes roof damage is conspicuous, other times, it may not be as obvious. 

The Roof Doctor Can Help 

If you’ve had the same house for decades or recently bought an old property, it may be time to replace your roof. The Roof Doctor specializes in roof repairs and replacement. From the moment you contact us, you’ll find that our staff is courteous and respectful. We’ll go the extra mile to make sure you’re satisfied. 

We serve Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Orem, Provo, Bountiful, and everywhere in between!

Roof Repairs in Bad Weather

Roof Repairs in Bad Weather


We’re staying home a lot more than usual these days due to the pandemic, making it the perfect time for roof repairs.

Utah features some extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather, though, so is it wise, and more importantly, safe? Right now we’re experiencing the dog days of summer, and soon we’ll get the brisk autumn rain before feet of frozen snow in winter. 

Is it possible to fix a roof during bad weather? Find out below. 

Roof Repair in the Heat

You might face some challenges and dangers if you attempt to repair your roof in the middle of the hottest summer day. Summer might give you more time to work on roof repairs, but there are also hazards. 

  • Oppressive heat can be dangerous for you or a roofing professional
  • Metal roofing can get hot enough to burn at a touch
  • Shingles can grow soft and even melt under hot conditions, as well as other materials, such as a sealant, that you might use.

Roof Repair in the Rain or Snow 

The ideal weather conditions for repairing a roof is a warm, calm day, but that may not work with your schedule. Although the rainy season isn’t the best time, you can still have repairs performed in the rain, as long as it’s not storming. This means that if a drizzle suddenly pops up while you're working or having a professional doing repairs, there shouldn’t be an issue. If the situation does occur, it’s important to cover your materials and prioritize safety. 

Water Damage Effects 

Your main concern when roofing in the middle of a storm, aside from wind or lightning, should be water damage. Unshingled roofs are exposed, so rainwater can affect the roofing structure. Should you leave it until the rain stops or shingle it in the rain? Here are some factors to consider: 

  • Shingles won’t fasten well if done in heavy rain, ​but there’s also an increased risk of fungal and organic growth on your roof or in the interior. Humidity is a factor when installing roofing materials and shouldn’t be attempted in high humid conditions. The inner components of your roof are susceptible to the effects of water damage, and if humidity is high, it can cause the shingles to warp and bulge. Further, they could easily slip off if fastening materials are done during colder weather.
  • Improper installation can void a warranty. ​If the installation is done in potentially bad weather, a roofing manufacturer may void the warranty, even if they provide service warranties. Technically, they have a set of advised conditions for installing roofing materials to ensure the best outcome and minimize any damage or installation issues.
  • Worker danger increases ​when the installation is done in rainy weather. Slippery conditions will be a bigger problem due to ice sheets forming on your roof from flowing water during the winter. Also, if hail falls, that can be a significant problem in the summer.

Contact The Roof Doctor 

The Roof Doctor specializes in roof repairs, and we’re more than happy to assist you. We’ll follow the best working conditions when we fix your roof. 

We serve Salt Lake city and County, as well as surrounding counties. Our licensed roofing contractors are extra cautious in these unprecedented times, so please reach out and get a free estimate today.

What Time of Year is Best to Replace Your Roof?

What Time of Year is Best to Replace Your Roof?

 

If your home is decades old, it may be time to replace your roof; this is one of the necessary evils of long-term homeownership.

A well-constructed roof should last around 20 years, but many factors can impact its lifespan. No matter how hard you care for your roof, it won’t last forever. If you need a replacement, is there an optimal time to do it?

Since it’s a huge purchase and investment, it’s best if you can appropriately plan for an update of this scale. Some circumstances may necessitate rapid and unplanned replacements, such as a catastrophic hurricane or unavoidable accident. However, we recommend that homeowners regularly monitor their roof’s status so that they can effectively plan ahead for replacement at the best possible time.

 

Best Time to Replace Your Roof

It’s best to tend to your home’s roof in late spring, or as soon as regular precipitation has concluded in your area. It’s difficult or nearly impossible to repair or replace a roof that is still enduring regular snow or rainfall due to safety and convenience concerns. Immediately after a wet or cold season, though, you’ll have a better awareness of leaks and drafts that might indicate roof damage.

Spring is preferable to winter for the temperature as well, and not just because no one wants to be on an icy, windy roof. Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent roofing material, and they need temperatures of around 50 degrees or warmer to properly adhere to the surface of the roof.

Summer can be an excellent time for roof replacement, provided you can avoid the hottest and most humid days. The hottest summer days will limit the hours your roofers can safely work, and the extreme heat can damage many meltable roofing elements—such as shingles.

Fall is the second-best time to replace a roof, but we recommend spring first because of the busyness in autumn. Roofing contractors report their busiest times being late summer through late fall. You might have to endure a waiting period during this season to get on a roofer’s list.

Winter roof work is usually needed in emergencies and best left to the most professional and experienced roofing companies. It’s difficult to get the seal needed for proper adhesion in temperatures under 50 degrees, and rooftops can be incredibly dangerous.

 

Plan Ahead

Roofing is a massive undertaking. It can be an expensive investment, even when you’re just considering small repairs. Our best word of advice is to plan ahead as best you can. If your roof is nearing 20 years of age and you see signs of wear, begin planning for a replacement soon. Save up or find roofers with accommodating plans. The best time of year to replace a roof is when you’re ready.

 

The Roof Doctor Way

No matter what time of year you need to replace your roof, The Roof Doctor stands ready and waiting to hear from you.

We service Salt Lake County. Let us help you protect your home and meet all your roofing needs.

How Often Should I Get My Roof Inspected?

How Often Should I Get My Roof Inspected_

Your home’s roof is your ultimate protection from the elements, so it makes sense you would keep it well-maintained. However, a professional inspection isn’t a priority for many homeowners, so when a major storm comes up and damages the roof, it can also damage your budget. The time for getting an inspection is just as important as getting one. Keep reading to find out how often to schedule a roof inspection.

 

When to Have Your Roof Inspected

Most homeowners will recognize damage after a major storm hits and hail or wind tear off shingles or throw tree branches against the house or on the roof. Still, that’s not the only time you should inspect your roof; the recommended time is in the fall before winter sets in. Too cold and it could compromise a newly installed roof since new shingles can’t properly seal it down when it’s frigid. Also, trying to repair a roof when it’s icy can be extremely hazardous, so most homeowners wait until next spring to fix it.

 

Professional Vs. Homeowner Inspection

There are simple things a homeowner can do when inspecting their roof and without needing to get up on the roof to check. Flapping or missing shingles can be seen with good binoculars. If your roof is fairly new and doesn’t show interior water damage or hasn’t been exposed to major weather events, you can likely perform an inspection from the ground and a quick check for attic leaks. Other damage may not be so simple and can’t be seen from an untrained eye. This is where a professional comes into play. 

For a more comprehensive roof inspection, a professional is best since they have the training and experience needed to do a thorough inspection. If your roof is older and you want a seasonal inspection, you need a reputable roofing contractor. They can look for leaks, abnormal wear and tear, improper shingle installation or other previous repairs, and damage caused by debris from winds or hail. The inspection is broken into four categories: materials, interiors, structure, and workmanship, which includes looking for

 

To Schedule a Consultation, Call The Roof Doctor

If after a roof inspection shows you need roof repair or replacement, we’re available here at The Roof Doctor. Some of the repairs we do include dirty gutters, cracked sealant, cracked plastic vents, and cracked plastic pipe flashings.

Our licensed roofing contractors take extra precautions to ensure yours and their safety during this time, so reach out and get a free roofing estimate today. 

Some Emergency Roof Repairs Can’t Wait

Some Emergency Roof Repairs Can’t Wait

An emergency roof repair might seem stressful, but it’s not as stressful as what could happen down the road if you put off the repairs.Emergency Roof Repair

As a homeowner, you may take your roof for granted until a serious issue threatens the security and preservation of your home. But beware of the following conditions that are definitely cause for contacting an on-call roofing contractor right away.

Interior Water Damage

If you notice a water-damaged area in your home, whether it’s your walls, ceilings or attic, you need to call a roofer right away. In most cases, interior water damage is caused by a breakdown in the roofing system. The longer you wait to address the issue, the more expensive the repairs will become as the plaster and drywall disintegrate and mold sets in.

A Large Tree or Branch Fell on Your Home

While this sometimes may be obvious, it isn’t always. Although a limb may have fallen on your roof, or may even still be there, damage may not be evident, so taking action may not seem pressing. However, it’s better to be safe. Whether a falling branch loosens a few shingles or an entire tree falls onto your roof, immediate attention is required.

A contractor experienced with handling emergency roof repairs will immediately map out a plan for removing any debris and will cover the exposed roof decking so your home remains dry while the repairs are being done. Once storm conditions let up, the contractor will assess the damage and make a recommendation for a swift, permanent solution.

You Notice Black Mold in the Attic

You should periodically check your attic for any leaks. If moisture is constantly present, mold and mildew buildup is unavoidable. When black mold develops in your attic, it poses a serious health threat to the members of your household. You and your family may experience allergic symptoms, including coughing, congestion and eye irritation. You may also develop severe respiratory infections.

Mold isn’t always caused by a leak. In some cases, inadequate attic ventilation alone can lead to mold buildup over time. Call for emergency roof repairs whenever you spot mold in your attic or anywhere near your roof. Through air-quality testing and an assessment of the ventilation system, they will be able to determine the best course of action for solving the issue and they will rip out and replace all affected roofing materials.

Are you unsure whether the issues with your roof qualify as an emergency? It’s time to call the Roof Doctor. We provide professional emergency roof repair service 24/7 for for clients just like you.