Signs Your Old Roof Needs to be Replaced

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Thinking about getting a new roof? Atticare is the leading roofing company serving New Jersey, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. In this post we go over the different situations in which homeowners would need a new roof. We also answer common questions about roof replacement, as well as advise on what type of new roof to get.

But first things first.

Can’t I Just Repair My Roof?

Sometimes, yes. But that depends on what state your roof’s in.

Our team will advise you as to what’s best regarding roof repair versus replacement.

As a fully licensed and Diamond Certified Rated company, Atticare will never advise you to get a new roof if a repair would do the trick just as well.

Why Do Roofs Need To Be Replaced?

Any good roofing company will tell you that there are a number of reasons to replace a roof. While it’s certainly cheaper short-term to repair, it’s better to replace any roof that’s reached the end of its natural life.

Here’s when you need roof replacement.

Your Roof Is Old

Do you know how old your roof is? A good roof should last you a couple of decades as long as you maintain it properly.

Also, what’s your existing roof made of? Asphalt shingles typically last 30 years, whereas clay tiles can last 50.

So when considering a new roof, the age of your roof is a key factor.

Your Home Is Damp

Roof replacement and insulation go hand in hand. If you have an old roof with poor insulation then it could be time for a total refit.

Shabby Shingles

Why replace roof shingles? Shingles that show signs of wear and tear should be replaced.

Obviously your roof takes quite the hit from Mother Nature but you should replace a roof where a lot of the shingles are curling or buckling. Or even worse, where shingles that are missing altogether.

So what proportion of your shingles have definitely seen better days? If it’s a lot of them, it’s best to replace the whole roof.

The Roof Sags

This situation can be more dangerous than you’d hope. Why?

A sagging roof points to more serious structural problems in your roof or attic. It suggests that something has seriously deteriorated and should be looked at immediately by an experienced roof replacement team.

Don’t risk your roof totally or partially collapsing during the next heavy storm.

Your Roof Is Badly Damaged

If a tree fell on your roof or you had a fire, first we will come and inspect the damage.

But generally speaking if you suffered either of these disasters, there’s really no other option except to get a replacement.

There’s Moss

A lot of moss is a problem. Moss traps moisture which is bad news for roofs. In fact, moss can make your whole home damp and moldy.

If your home is situated where it gets humid like the San Francisco Bay Area or New Jersey, you may feel that your roof is prone to moss growth.

If this is your case, we recommend that you replace a roof with moss for one with algae-resistant shingles. That way, you’ll avoid future moss issues.

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How Can Atticare Help?

If your roof is suffering from any of the above issues, just call us. You can get a free inspection for roof replacement and we’ll go over all of your options.

The Benefits of Roof Replacement

Why replace roof shingles? Or replace any type of roof you have? Any knowledgeable roofing company will tell you that there are a ton of benefits to a new roof.

And here are just some of them.

A New Roof Adds Value To Your Home

The National Association of REALTORS® Research Group says that when you replace a roof and it looks great, the new roof is the part that appeals most to buyers.

OK but how about getting a new kitchen? A luxurious dining room? No, really. It’s the roof.

The National Association of REALTORS® also say that new roofing leads to the highest resale value when compared to any other home improvement. And 33% of sellers said that the roof replacement helped close the sale.

How Much Return On Investment Are We Talking About?

This is the exciting part. The average ROI for roof replacement is 107%. And that’s the average.

So consider what happens when you choose a highly-rated Diamond Certified company like Atticare. You’re in the right place if you want the best quality roof replacement team around.

In California, buyers love asphalt roofs. And guess what? The resale value is an average of 9.5% higher than homes without new asphalt roofs.

Modern Roof Replacement With Solar Panels

Can you imagine how much value roof replacement with solar panels can add? It can be as high as 200%. That’s a pretty smart long-term investment.

Also, no-one wants to hang around for a long time waiting for a buyer. Homes with roof replacement with solar panels actually sell 20% faster.

It’s a similar story with any other modern roofing material that will save buyers money as soon as they move in.


Why Is A New Roof So Attractive To Buyers?

The figures above are pretty impressive. And almost everyone is surprised by just how much a new roof boosts property value.

It’s because of time and money.

When people buy a house they are already investing a lot of money in the home. They don’t want the extra task of replacing the roof once they’ve moved in.

Buyers want to move into an energy efficient home with no leaks, mold or pests. Simple.

Roof Replacement Improves Curb Appeal

Do you want to sell your home in the future? Potential buyers see the roof from down the street immediately. So they make a judgment about the state of your whole home.

If they can see you have a new roof, that’s a great first impression.

Even if you’re not planning on selling, driving back to an attractive home every day is a good feeling.

Your New Roof Will Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Basically, roof replacement and insulation both yield a huge return on investment. You’ll see the difference in your energy bills from the moment the job is done.

For the environmentally conscious, consider roof replacement with solar panels too.

You Get Better Indoor Air Quality

Another good reason to replace a roof is improved indoor air quality. This is usually the last thing homeowners think about but it’s very important for your health.

#1 No More Mold And Mildew

Think about this. If you have a roof that lets in the damp, or if your roof leaks, that’s not the end of the story. Mold is toxic and can even be deadly.

#2 Pest Control

Roofs with cracks or holes let rodents and other pests in. Then pests inevitably soil your home and you end up breathing it in as dust. Apart from being absolutely revolting, you can catch life-threatening diseases from inhaling this.

Excellent roof replacement and insulation will stop any pests getting in in the first place.

#2 Clean HVAC And Vents

A leaking roof means damp everywhere, and that includes mold and mildew in your HVAC system and vents. With a new roof, the air circulating in your home will be clean.

#4 Reduced Allergies

If you’re a seasonal sniffer, you’ll know how annoying allergies are. Most people think that allergies are for outdoors. But if you have poor indoor air quality that’s why you can’t shake that feeling indoors either.

Roof Replacement Repels Rodents And Other Pests

As well as the indoor air quality issues we mentioned above, Pests cause serious structural damage to your home. Have you ever seen the damage that termites can do to wood and drywall?

What Happens When Roofs Let In Pests?

#1 Infestations

When your attic is clean from pests, it stays clean. Pests tend to work in vicious cycles. For example, say you have mice. Firstly, mice breed and breed.

Then what happens? Well, mice tend to attract snakes who want to eat them. Then you have the double job of getting rid of mice and snakes.

For this reason, roof replacement and insulation will avoid big expensive pest headaches.

#2 Structural Damage

Quality roof replacement and insulation helps prevent structural damage from pests happening in your home. No hollow parts, scratches or little holes anywhere.

A New Roof Is Safer In Extreme Weather Conditions

The Los Angeles sun is intense, and can cause your roof to age prematurely.

Likewise, snow like our customers in New Jersey get can be an intense weight on your roof. That’s hard for a roof to handle so it has to be in good shape.

If your roof is already damaged, it’s best to get it replaced now so that it won’t collapse or leak in extreme weather conditions.


How Much Does A New Roof Cost?

Roof replacement pricing depends on various factors.

  • Choosing an accredited and licensed roofing company instead of rogue or DIY options (please don’t choose either of the latter two).
  • The material you want for your new roof.
  • Whether it’s a roof replacement or a roof on a new building.
  • Whether you want roof replacement with solar panels.
  • Additions of skylights and multiple chimneys.
  • Whether we need to make structural repairs as well.
  • The size of your home.

Get in touch for a free consultation and quote according to your circumstances.

Different Types Of Roofing Materials

There’s no one material that’s the best for a new roof. It depends on your taste, the style of your home and its location. It’s also well worth considering the climate when choosing appropriate roofing materials.


Shingle is the most popular choice all over the country. You can choose shingle in a variety of colors which is great for coordinating with your home. It’s also easy and therefore cost effective to install. Depending on what the shingle is made from, it lasts around 20 years.


One of the pricier options, but very durable in all weather conditions and environmentally friendly because it’s totally natural. And get this. Slate roofing can last at least a century, if not two.


An economical choice that’s fast and easy for the roofing team to install. Asphalt roofing is available in a wide choice of colors and styles to suit your home. The lifespan is about 25 years.


Metal roofing options include aluminum, lead, copper and steel. They are more expensive upfront but they’re very durable as you’d imagine. Depending on the type of metal, your roof could last 40-70 years.


Tile is one of the most popular choices for new roofs everywhere. It’s timeless, elegant and never goes out of fashion. Installed properly, tile roofs last around 50 years.


Cement roofs are low-maintenance and durable, as well as being a good sound barrier for outside noise. They’re also fire resistant. How long will a cement roof last? You’re looking at about 50 years.

Which Roofing Material Should I Choose For Roof Replacement?

Don’t worry. The Atticare team can guide you through this process and help you find the best new roof for you. Choosing materials for a new roof is a personal choice and an important one.


Atticare Will Help Add Value to Your Home With An Attractive And Practical New Roof

Ready for a new roof? Our team at Atticare is here to answer all of your questions about installing a new roof on your home.

We’re the leading providers of roof installation services in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and New Jersey. We’ll also keep your new roof in excellent shape for years with regular roof inspections and maintenance. Simply contact us or call (866) 692-5449 to speak to our advisors.


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