What is Involved in Roof Restoration?

Roof Restoration

Restoration of Your Roof

Before we delve into answering this question, let’s answer the question “What is roof restoration?” Your home’s roof provides protection of your family, and the most valuable investment you’ll ever make, your home. Because your home is exposed to the climate, element, and UV rays of the sun, over time, it begins to age, and it starts to show.

Roof restoration is where your roof is cleaned, repaired, and replace any shingles or tiles that are broken or missing. If you are renovating a house or placing your house on the market, roof restoration and guttering will improve the appearance, boosting the curb appeal while adding value, increasing your ROI by hundreds.

Your roof may need restoration for reasons beyond looking aged and worn through. Other reasons that you may want to consider roof restoration vs replacement could be one or more o the following instances:

  • Leaking Roof – An indication that your roof should either be replaced or may just need a roof restoration is frequent leaking. If you notice dark spots on the ceiling or notice moisture trailing across the ceiling or down the wall, there is a good chance there is a leak in the roof.
  • Extended Lifespan – Typically, a roof will last 20 years on the average. Depending on the roofing material and the climate of the house, it could last longer. As your roof reaches that 20th year, a roof restoration job will extend its lifespan, which is less expensive than replacing the entire roof.
  • Sagging Roof – If your roof has sagging areas, you can be sure there is roof damage. A roof restoration will repair those sags, replace any damaged or missing tiles/shingles, as well as replace any damaged roof rafters.
  • Roof Shingles and Valleys Deteriorating – When you notice the roof valleys are damaged, getting them repaired quickly will save your roof and your budget. Roof valleys are the areas around the chimney, exhaust pipes, vents, and where the different roof pitches come together. A roof restoration will repair those deteriorating areas with new material, replace the flashing as well as the shingles or tiles. The same is to be said about curled and worn roof shingles, or if you’re noticing an abundance of shingle granules in the gutters when you clean them.
  • Roof Corrosion – Corrosion is where you seed any flaking paint, rotting wood, or rusted areas around the fasteners and fittings and fasteners. Hiring an experienced roofing contractor that is familiar with how to do roof restoration can inspect those areas and advise you what damage is there and how to repair or replace those areas.
  • Mold, Moisture, or Rot – Mold comes from moisture and causes rot. It is a hazard to your health and does nothing positive for the aesthetics and curb appeal of your home. When you notice a rancid smell and see blotches of black, brown, green slime, a roof restoration is needed before it worsens, and a complete roof replacement is needed. This can sometimes come from plumbing issues as well.
  • Damaged Downspouts and Gutters – If there are broken, corroded, damaged, missing, or rusted downspouts and/or gutters, a roof restoration is it worth it because these are things that will eventually lead to roof damaging and possible roof replacement.
  • Roof Flashing That Is Cracked or Worn
  • If the flashing on your roof is broken, cracked, or looking worn, a roof restoration to replace it will extend your roof’s lifespan by preventing leaks.

How Long Does a Roof Restoration Take?

Now that you have some ideas about when and why roof restoration is needed and the many benefits that your home, and your budget, will have, you’re probably wondering just how long a roof restoration job will take.

There is not cut and dry, straight answer to give you, but it is a common and legitimate question. We understand that for a homeowner, a roof restoration is a big job and your daily living will be disrupted to some extent.

But, because there are no two roofs alike, each job must be inspected first so that the contractor can determine what is needed. There is a wide range of factors that influence the length of a roof restoration job, such as the size of the house, the weather, and most importantly, the amount, depth, and type of damage that is found.

Is Roof Coating Any Good?

Some homeowners will see roof coating to be the magic bullet made of either black tar or metallic silver substance that will stop a leak and extends the lifespan of their roof forever. And while it does both things, a roof restoration that involves coating the roof is not the fountain of youth. It is a temporary fix.

A shingle roof is typically warrantied for 20 years, sometimes 25 to 30 years. But, for some climates, that is optimistic. And to that note, with a roof restoration job, roof coating will provide some limited benefits, especially a metallic or white coating. Both will cool the temperature of a house, thus making the air conditioning work less in hot climates.

Does Roof Coating Stop Leaks?

There are many things that can cause asphalt shingle to leak. From flashing coming loose to shingles aging and becoming bridle or turning loose, to the wind bending up a corner and folding them. This doesn’t always mean that you need a new roof though! Often a roof restoration of coating it will fix the issue for the time being, even for a few years. 

Once you have found where your roof is leaking, applying a roof coating using any of the following methods can be an immediate ‘band-aid’ but not considered a permanent fix.

Acrylic Sealant

If your roof has some buckling or cracking in various places, an acrylic sealant sprayed over the whole roof will seal those up and stop any possible leaks. This product will bond to the shingles and seal the cracks as well as provide ultraviolet radiation coating.

Spray Sealant

By spraying a sealant around areas that are prone to leak like the flashing, exhaust pipes, gutters, or vents is recommended even once you have had a new roof installed. Experts recommend having a roof restoration job by having spray sealant reapplied every 12 months to assure these areas are still sealed, protecting your home.

Tar Sealing

A tar sealing for a roof restoration job is used when there is known leaks around the flashing that may be a little worse than what an acrylic spray can help. It is either brushed or spread on manually and fills in crevices, cracks, and any area that is separating from the flashing. It is a messy job and we strongly recommend having a professional roofing contractor do this job.

Silicone Sealant

Silicone sealant is an easy way for roof restoration that is done with a caulk gun and will fill in cracks and holes. It is also used to repair bent or warped shingles or any flashing that is bent or loose. It can also be used to fill in where the mortar is loose or missing.

Is Silicone Roof Coating Good?

Silicone is a good material for situations of ponding water. It does have its weaknesses though like holding dirt and can be washed away by rain, which makes it lose its reflectivity. And once you have had a roof restoration that used a silicone coating, any future re-coating that is needed will require silicone be used again or it must be thoroughly removed before applying another coating.

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How Long Does Roof Sealant Last?

Typically, a roof coating can last 10 years, some last up to 20 years. Just like the original roofing material of shingles or tiles, it is dependent upon the climate and how much UV rays the house is exposed to. Another factor that will determine the longevity of a roof coating is the thickness of the coating when applied. This will also determine when another roof restoration will be needed.

When you decide to get a roof restoration done to your home or any property you are going to flip, get quotes from several roof contractors. The cheapest may not be the worse, nor the most expensive isn’t necessarily the best. Shop around, ask questions. Request to see any certification, license, insurance, and current or recent references. A roof restoration is another investment into your most expensive investment – make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

If you need quality roof restoration for your commercial system in Chambersburg, PA, don’t wait! Call 717-267-0059 today for expert C & J Roofing LLC..