Do I Need to Replace my Whole Roof, or Just the Shingles?

There’s nothing worse than learning that you have to replace your entire roof. However, if this is the case, it’s important to do so – your roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and a roof that’s in bad shape not only offers poor protection, it can end up becoming a danger to your home and to your family.

However, in some cases you can just replace the shingles on your roof and not the entire roof itself. This is, of course, a much more preferable action as it will take less time and cost much less to replace shingles than it will cost to replace the whole roof. So how exactly can you tell whether you can get by with just replacing your shingles or whether you need to replace the entire roof?

When You Can Just Replace the Shingles

The following are a few examples of when simply replacing damaged shingles is enough to ensure that your roof does its job and remains in good condition:

  • The shingles are cracked or torn – Shingles that are cracked can be replaced individually. However, if the crack or tear is minor, you may not even have to do that – you could simply have the shingle repaired with the use of roofing sealant.
  • The shingles are missing pieces – If a piece of a shingle is missing, then the entire shingle will need to be replaced. This can happen if a piece of debris has been blown into your roof, thereby causing a piece of shingle to break off.
  • There are missing shingles – Missing shingles will need to be replaced right away. If a shingle is missing, your roof becomes vulnerable to the elements – especially wind and rain. Wind will be able to get under surrounding shingles and cause further damage, while rain may be able to leak into the area where the shingle is missing.

When The Entire Roof Must Be Replaced

The following are a few examples of when replacing individual shingles simply won’t be enough and you’ll need to replace your whole roof:

  • Your roof is old – If the shingles on your roof are between 20 and 25 years old, then they are nearing the end of their life cycle and you may want to consider replacing the whole roof instead of constantly replacing single shingles and making repairs.
  • The shingles are curling – Curling shingles are often a sign that they are past their life expectancy. When shingles curl, they also leave your roof more exposed to leaks and wind damage.
  • The shingles are losing their granules – The granules on the shingles help to keep UV rays from penetrating the asphalt coating. Once shingles begin to lose their granules, it’s a sign that the roof needs to be replaced.

These are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to replacing individual shingles or the entire roof. Schedule a roof inspection to determine the best course of action by contacting us at Parks Height Roofing today.

Tesla Solar Roof Announcement – Game Changer for the Roofing Industry?

Odds are you’ve heard of Tesla, they’re quite the innovators when it comes to energy efficient technology. Their electric cars in particular have garnered a lot of positive attention. So with the recent announcement that they would be releasing an integrated solar roof that would be available to individual homeowners in the future. Although the announcement has certainly generated a lot of excitement, don’t let the hype fool you into thinking you should put off your roof replacement until their new solar roof comes out – it may be a while.

What is Tesla’s Solar Roof?

So what exactly is all the buzz about? What makes Tesla’s new solar roof so exciting is the fact that it doesn’t look like a typical solar roof – meaning rows of solar panels attached to the existing roof of a building. Instead, the solar roof is completely integrated into the structure. The roof tiles are actually made out of textured glass, which allows light to pass from the sun above through the tiles and onto a standard flat solar cell beneath it.

Tesla’s plan is for Panasonic to produce their solar cells and for Tesla to produce the glass tiles and everything else that’s needed to put the solar roof together. The tempered glass is supposedly as tough as steel and will weather a lifetime of exposure to the elements due to the fact that it’s made of quartz.

All of this was presented at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, where Tesla set up an elaborate neighborhood display in which a number of model homes using Tesla Powerwalls and a variety of custom roofs were showcased.

Why You Should Replace Your Roof Now

It can be easy to buy into the hype and decide to wait on replacing your roof until Tesla releases its solar roof on the market. However, there are a lot of factors in play that will impact when Tesla will be able to release its solar roof. For example, it’s depending on the approval of the purchase of SolarCity for $2.6 billion. If it doesn’t go through, then everything falls apart.

Secondly, the new solar shingles won’t begin rolling out until nine months from now – and they will be rolled out slowly at first. Then there’s the cost to consider. Tesla hasn’t revealed exactly how much this new solar roof will cost, but don’t be fooled – it’s a premium product, which means you can expect to pay a premium price – at least in its initial release phase.

If your roof needs to be replaced soon, then it’s not worth waiting right now. Best case scenario, you’ll have to wait at least nine months. Considering how important the structural integrity of your roof is, it may be extremely risky to attempt to wait that long to replace your roof.

Tesla’s solar roof is promising, but still some ways away. If you need to have your roof replaced, contact the best roofer in Baltimore by contacting us at Park Heights Roofing today.