Roof Replacement

Does Your Home Require a Roof Replacement

If you’re a local homeowner who thinks your home may require a roof replacement, you’re in the right place.

However, there are some things to know before getting your roof replaced.

Your New Roof Protects Your Home and Family 

roof replacement home imageThe first step when there is any roofing concern, or you’re considering replacing your roof is to call a trained, professional roofing contractor.

Although, it is still a good idea to get a basic understanding and education on the roofing process, so you can make an informed and intelligent decision that will ensure you get the most value for your investment.

Below we look at our roof replacement and new roof installation service and what it entails.

Signs That You Need a Residential Roof Replacement

Having a warm and comfortable home calls for a leak-free, solid roof above your head. But there are some potentially detrimental roof damaging issues that threaten this comfort. Below are some signs that you need a new roof installation.

1. Your roof’s lifespan is edging closer to its end

If your roof’s lifespan appears as though it’s coming to its end, you likely need to call a residential roof replacement service as soon as possible. 

Of course, the need for a new roof replacement depends on the condition of your roof. Still, even though it might look fine from the ground, that is not a guarantee that your roof is structurally sound. If your residential property looks like it may need attention, you need to contact Highpoint Roofing and Eavestrough for a complimentary no-obligation roof inspection. 

2. Curling shingles

When shingles start to curl, they are ready for replacement. Shingles will either cup (where the edges turn upward) or claw (where the edges are flat, but the middle is rising). Both of these are an indication that you need roof replacement services. If your shingles start to show these signs of weathering, they will begin leaking sooner rather than later.

Your need for new roof replacement, in this case, depends on the level of curling. Depending on the extent, you have up to five years before you need a new roof installation.

3. Missing shingles

Functionally, missing shingles might not be cause for concern. You can always replace the missing ones although they won’t match the colour of your old ones. If your roofing problem is only missing shingles and nothing else, you can continue enjoying the comfort of your home under the same roof by just replacing the missing pieces.

However, over time, if you continuously find more shingles missing and keep replacing them, you might need a new roof installation.

4. Cracked shingles

The most significant cause of cracked shingles is the strong gusts of wind. Like with missing shingles, these can be replaced if there are just a few cracked shingles. Often, the cracking caused by wind damage is isolated to one area of your roof. If it is spread out across different regions, it is probably time to consider a new roof replacement.

For this sort of damage to require a complete overhaul, you will have between three and five years.

5. Worn shingles

The most significant sign that your shingles are worn out are granules in the gutter. If your roof is new, then this is not a problem as those are the loose ones that will eventually come off. However, if your roof has been intact for more than ten years, sudden sights of loose granules might signify a bigger problem.

At this point, you need to start considering a residential roof replacement. Without the granules, asphalt shingles will bake under the sun and deteriorate faster than a fully functioning shingle would. If your roof is older and you start seeing signs of loose granules, your roof is probably beginning a literal midlife breakdown.

6. Development of moss or algae

The development of moss or algae does not necessarily call for residential roof replacement. Moss and Alae are not a functional but rather a cosmetic issue that does not impact roof performance if left alone. Although, if the aesthetic appearance isn’t something you appreciate, you can opt to replace your roof for a modern algae-resistant alternative.

While there might be a temptation to scrape away at the moss or algae, this will only lead to chipping off of the granules and more damage. If you can stand the look, then there is no need for alarm over algae and moss on your shingles. To remove the green stuff while being more gentle and protecting your roof, washing it with one part each of bleach and water is enough.
Alternatively, you can have a professional roofer install zinc strips at roof peaks to eliminate the problem over time.

7. Sunlight is visible from your attic

The only time sunlight should be visible from your attic is if you have a skylight. Otherwise, this is a clear sign you need a new roof replacement. If your roof is allowing sunlight to penetrate, it will also allow rain, cold air, and snow into your house. Once you spot sunlight, look for water damage and observe the condition over a few rainfalls.

If you notice more water damage over the next season or two, start looking for a residential roofing company to inspect your roof for active leaks. The time you have left in case there is a leak depends on the extent of the damage. Patching a small leak is relatively easy, but larger ones can lead to structural damage and require a roof replacement. To avoid rising costs, have a professional roofer evaluate the state of your roof and help you decide which is better – a repair, or a complete overhaul.

8. Sagging roof

A sagging roof is the most significant cause for concern and calls for roof replacement as soon as possible. A sagging roof signifies one of many potential problems, including problematic decking and attic or weak foundation supports. The best cause of action is to take care of a sagging roof immediately you notice it.

Waiting will only make the damage worse and raise the costs of replacement or repair to possibly prohibitive amounts.

The Process of New Roof Replacement

In this section, you get to understand what goes into a new roof installation.

1. Getting Ready For Your Roof Replacement

For any new roof installation, we first need a disposal method for the old roof. Asphalt shingles require a debris container, while metal can be stored and sold as scrap. When done professionally, other things to set up during roof replacement and new roof installation include a harness attached to the peaks roof for safety and a roof jacks propping 2x10 boards to catch slipping workers and shingles.

2. Clearing old roofing material

The second step of the process is prying lose old shingles to make way for the new roof installation. The professional practice is starting at the top and working your way down. To pry asphalt shingles off the roof, we first remove the ridge cap shingles and use a shingle fork that goes underneath the shingles and curls them upwards and off the roof.

A metal roof calls for the use of a full-size pry bar if the screws are too weathered to drill off. To start removing a metal roof, we begin by removing the ridge cap and then carefully removing the fasteners one at a time and working from one side to the other. We then pull off the panel after fully unhooking it and start the process on the rest of the groups.

3. Replace the Old Flashing

After removing all the old roofing material, we inspect the old flashing to ensure there is no damage. Flashing is the aluminum or galvanized steel pieces placed over joints on the roof. These flashings prevent water, moisture, and debris from seeping into the house. We inspect flashing on the roof’s valleys, vents, and chimneys alike, including the drip edge.

One of the reasons professional roofers should complete new roof replacements is because they understand a roof is only as reliable as the weakest point on the roof.

The strength of the roof is not in the shingles, or flashings alone, but through the combined benefit of the total roofing system.

For instance, chimneys need a special kind of flashing called step and counter, and in most cases, they also need a cricket. A cricket is a structure with a raised ridge and sloping sides that helps divert water around the chimney’s high sides.

If the vent boots are damaged or the valley flashing is cracked or rusty, they need to be replaced. As a rule of thumb, because valley flashing takes a beating on the roof as a conduit for everything from water to leaves and debris, they should be replaced regularly.

4. Laying the underlayment

Once the flashing is given the green light of approval, it is time to lay the underlayment. The underlayment improves the health of the roof by preventing the little bits of water that seeps through the roof from reaching the sheathing and roof frame below. Otherwise, the framing would get damp and rot faster.

Part one of underlayment installation involves laying down a barrier against ice and water. For extra protection, we pull up the ridge and install ice and water barrier under the ridge before fastening the ridge down again. We then nail the shield down along the roof’s edge for extra strength.

If done right, the underlayment should be 100% leak proof.
Once the installation of the underlayment is complete, we can then start laying down the shingles, starting with starter shingles at the bottom and sides of the roof, and completing the shingling process from that point forward.

Final Thoughts

While the work above might sound easy enough, there is a lot more that goes into new roof replacement. Are you looking for a roof replacement to work on your next roofing project? At Highpoint Roofing and Eavestrough, we understand every roof’s needs and strive to give you the best service at the most competitive rates.

Work With The Pros, Call Highpoint Roofing Today!

If you want to improve the look and further protect your home, contact Highpoint Roofing and Eavestrough. As one of the highest-rated roofing companies serving Burlington, Oakville, Waterdown and Milton, we’ve built our reputation one quality roof at a time.

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We had some issues with wind damage to our roof and had a few companies out to quote. Colin from Highpoint was one of them and he did a very thorough inspection and provided great options with excellent insight we needed to decide what to do next. We picked Highpoint to do our roof and they came out quickly to get the job done. The team was very friendly and professional, they did a great job of scheduling, arranging materials and installation that fit with our needs. They even considered our neighbors to ensure their work wouldn’t disrupt them either; it was really refreshing to see such a great level of care!The crew did a great job on our roof, it looks fantastic and the cleanup was immaculate. I definitely recommend them for all of your roofing needs!
Mike Haney
Mike Haney
01:48 07 Nov 19
We used Highpoint Roofing to replace the roof of our row of townhouses (7 in total). Colin and his team did a fantastic job. They completed the job on time and while doing the work, left the site clean every night. Very impressed with their professionalism and great service.
Beatriz Ricardo
Beatriz Ricardo
11:56 17 Oct 19
Recently had our whole roof re-shingled by Collin and his Team at Highpoint Roofing & Eavestrough. The team was very professional, did a great job, and most importantly stayed on schedule. I highly recommend Highpoint Roofing & Eavestrough to anyone looking to get work done on their roof.I was, and still am very pleased with the final product. Thanks for the great work, and stress free experience Highpoint Roofing & Eavestrough.
Jorawar Zorro Mandair
Jorawar Zorro Mandair
13:38 15 Oct 19
Working with Highpoint Roofing & Eavestrough made a large-scale project a breeze. Our project consisted of 7 townhomes, all connected. Colin stepped in and handled each homeowner on an individual basis to address all their needs. The project went on as scheduled and within the original budget. The site was always kept clean, the workers were very professional and courteous. Colin takes a lot of pride in his work, this becomes very apparent within the first few minutes of talking to him. Once he began the work, we knew that we had found the only roofing contractor that we will ever need to rely on. Great work ethic, very knowledgeable and informative, such a pleasure to have you working with us. Keep up the good work!
eric huchla
eric huchla
17:35 25 Sep 19
Colin and his team did a terrific job. He is very customer focussed and takes great pride in his work. His team do a wonderful job of clean up. I highly recommend him for shingling your roof.
Victor Wells
Victor Wells
19:21 13 May 19
We had a unique problem with one corner and downspout with our home eavestrough system. Collin and his crew found a way to reroute water flow to overcome the problem. The work was done in a timely fashion with an excellent clean up and removal of all debris. I certainly would recommend Highpoint to any potential customer.
John Walsh
John Walsh
16:00 13 May 19
The team at Highpoint did a terrific job with my roof and eaves. They worked professionally, quickly and ensured the cleanup was done competently. I would recommend them for any job at any time! Pleasure working with them all!!!
Karen M
Karen M
14:35 10 May 19
I had highpoint do our roof last summer and was very impressed with not only how fast Colin and his crew was but how professional they were. They came when they said, on time and was done cleaned up and gone before I got home from work . I could not even tell they were there they cleaned up so well. My neighbors were so impressed that they hired Highpoint to do their roof that summer too. In October last year my in laws had an emergency, their roof sprung a leak so I called highpoint not thinking he would travel all the way to Brantford but Colin rushed down to Brantford and tarped the roof that day and in a few weeks replaced my in laws roof. We have had a few very bad wind storms since all four of us got our roof done by highpoint and everything held up, there was singles all over the road in the morning but none from the houses that highpoint had done . Highly recommend highpoint to anyone that needs their roof done they were the best price too out of the 6 roofing companies .Ray .
Raymond Belanger
Raymond Belanger
12:29 23 Mar 19
Shortly after I purchased my first home I had shingles blowing off my roof and Colin was recommended from a family member. He was available on very short notice, was very well priced, so much so that we ended up doing my grandparents home with Colin as well, Both jobs came out fantastic. Colin helped pick out the color based on my current siding and deck color, but left us room for color change in the future. He went above and beyond by removing an inactive chimney for me. His workmanship and speed were incredible. I left for work in the morning and by the time i got back it was done and they were cleaning my yard with a magnet to make sure no nail was left behind. To anyone that is considering getting roofing services, end your search because this company is as good as it gets!
Devin Keller
Devin Keller
01:18 23 Mar 19
Wonderful experience from start to finish. We are really happy with the final product. Colin was reasonably priced , insurance company was happy . The clean up afterwards was excellent. I would highly recommend these guys!
Callum/Alison McGeorge
Callum/Alison McGeorge
23:54 22 Mar 19
Uknown
Uknown
14:37 15 Mar 19
Amazing work, very professional and very efficient
Richard Stephens
Richard Stephens
16:59 01 Mar 19
If you need repairs to your roof and wanna get new shingles? ....whatever you want, go to these guys! They know they stuff! Keep it up Highpoint!
Melissa Jennifer Mancini
Melissa Jennifer Mancini
22:10 28 Feb 19
Thanks for looking after my roof so quickly ! Great job, and comparable price. Recommend !Kim
kimberly daines
kimberly daines
21:58 28 Feb 19
Amazing roof work done at my home. My family especially my wife is very pleased on how professional and clean the job site was while the work was being done!!Thanks again guys!!
Fabio Reyes
Fabio Reyes
13:57 28 Feb 19
Sara Fullerton
Sara Fullerton
18:31 27 Feb 19
My husband and I are in the midst of a very large renovation and we reached out to High Point Roofing and Eavestrough to install our shingles. We could not be more happy with our decision! Colin was great to work with, he kept me in the loop every step of the way with regards to ordering, delivery, install and completion of the job. He made great recommendations on which type of shingles are the best, was flexible with adjusting the types of venting we were going to use and asked if we wanted hidden or open valleys before finishing the work. Colin's crew was also was quick, efficient and were done in no time. My neighbours commented on how fast they were able to move.This was such a great experience and we will definitely be recommending High Point Roofing and Eavestrough to anyone we know who is in need of a roofing company.
laura lennon
laura lennon
20:53 09 Nov 18
Nav Percy
Nav Percy
02:03 19 Oct 18

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We had Highpoint out to quote our roof and they were very helpful in getting everything picked and sorted out. Their crew did a great job on our roof, they were very responsive and professional. I definitely recommend them for all of your roofing needs!
Mike Haney
Mike Haney
23:26 06 Nov 19
Working with Highpoint Roofing & Eavestrough made a large-scale project a breeze. Our project consisted of 7 townhomes, all connected. Colin stepped in and handled each homeowner on an individual basis to address all their needs. The project went on as scheduled and within the original budget. The site was always kept clean, the workers were very professional and courteous. Colin takes a lot of pride in his work, this becomes very apparent within the first few minutes of talking to him. Once he began the work, we knew that we had found the only roofing contractor that we will ever need to rely on. Great work ethic, very knowledgeable and informative, such a pleasure to have you working with us. Keep up the good work!
Eric Huchla
Eric Huchla
17:36 25 Sep 19
I’m very happy with the work Colin did replacing my roof. He’s very honest, efficient, reliable and does a great job. I’ll be sure to recommend Highpoint to friends and family!
Farshad Nekoui
Farshad Nekoui
14:49 08 Nov 18
Colin was honest about the work we needed to get done and did not oversell us. He was prompt and fees were very fair.
Sandy Duque-Estrela
Sandy Duque-Estrela
22:08 08 Sep 18
Great, professional and friendly people doing a fantastic job in extreme heat. The roof looks amazing. Next the eavestrough! Thank You Highpoint!
Joanna Uturnski
Joanna Uturnski
23:29 06 Sep 18
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