Roof Replacement

Roof Replacement

Sometimes roof repair is not an option and only roof replacement will do. How do you know you need replacement vs repair? Here are a few tips that will help you decide if you need roof replacement as well as some pointers on what type of materials you should choose.

First tip, signs that you need a new roof vs roof repair

We will review the different types of roofs and the signs of damage that should prompt you to get a thorough inspection to determine if you should have roof replaced instead of repairing your roof.


While modern shingles are built for better durability than those in the past, there are still many factors that can accelerate shingle deterioration. For example, a poorly ventilated roof can negatively impact shingles causing your roof to look old and worn. Inspect your roof for the following signs of damage

  • cupped tabs
  • Curled edges
  • cracks
  • bald spots
  • missing granules


One of the most beautiful and functional roofing materials available today is Tile. Tile roofing is is known for its highly likely hood of standing up to the elements for years; however, it doesn’t last forever. It might be time to schedule an inspection with us if you see any one of the following signs with your roof tiles –

  • broken
  • cracked
  • badly damaged
  • missing


With an expected lifespan averaging 50 years, Metal roofs are a popular option among property owners. And, even though they are low-maintenance roofs, metal roofs still require some upkeep to ensure they are in top condition. Nature will take a toll on any roof, constant contact with tree limbs, harsh weather and debris spanning over years can damage your metal roof and places your property at risk for leaks. As you inspect your roof, keep an eye out for these signs that you need metal roof replacement.

  • Punctures and Tears
  • Loose Seams
  • Blow-Offs
  • Corrosion and Rust
  • Deteriorating Sealant
  • Worn Paint


Sloped roofs, like the few mentioned above, have some disadvantages over Flat roofs; however, flat roofs are susceptible to leaking in ways that sloped roofs are not. Pooling is one of the key weaknesses of flat roofs. As you inspect your roof, keep an eye out for these signs that you need flat roof replacement.

  • Extensive pooling of water
  • Large rips and tears in the material and or seams

Your neighbors are getting new roofs

Chances are your neighbors’ homes were built around the same time as yours, and they all definitely experience the same wear from weather, so if they are getting new roofs, it could be a sign that you need to as well.

Second tip – What type of materials should you choose for your new roof?

Not sure which or the many types of roofs you want for your new replacement roof? Consider this:

Asphalt shingles – covered in crushed stone of fibreglass – are inexpensive, low maintenance, and easy to install. Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of 20 years, but are less resistant to wind and strong rain than other types of roofing.

Wood shingles, or “shakes” are made of pressure treated wood and are more expensive than asphalt shingles. Insect and rot resistant wood shakes are available in beautiful pre-stained and aged finishes that give your roof a great weathered look, but they require periodic maintenance in order to reach their 30 year projected life span.

Metal roofing can be galvanized or stainless steel, copper sheets, or copper tiles. The cost of a metal roof depends on the materials chosen, the finish desired, and the size and shape of the roof. Metal roofs have excellent durability, typically lasting for 50 years or more.

Stone tiles are available in slate, concrete, and terra cotta, or “clay.” Stone tiled roofs resist fading and can stand up to high winds and heavy rains, but they are very heavy and must be installed professionally to be supported. Stone tiles have very long lifespans, depending on the materials used – clay tile can last 40 to 60 years, and concrete and slate have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years.

Flat roofs are common and cost effective, but their lifespan is dependant upon the materials used. Some of the most typically used types of flat roofing are:

  • AsphaltAsphalt roofing consists of felt layers, molten asphalt, and a gravel covering. While asphalt is one of the least expensive forms of flat roofing, the lifespan us only about 10 years.
  • RubberRubber roofing, while more expensive than asphalt has a much better lifespan. Rubber roofing’s synthetic EPDM, or elastomeric membrane, is not covered with gravel like asphalt, and offers excellent UV resistance and added durability. Rubber roofing typically lasts 40 to 50 years, but most manufacturer’s warranties only guarantee a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
  • TOMThermoplastic olefin membrane, made from ethylene propylene and rubber and filler materials, is another synthetic option for flat roofs. Like rubber roofing, TOM offers excellent UV protection, is resistant to tears and punctures, and lasts 40 to 50 years.

Third tip – What you should expect from a high quality new roof?

Ask any Roofing Company in Fort Lauderdale and you will be informed as to any one of the following benefits of a new roof.

Durability – A high quality new roof is durable, it is resistant to heavy rains, high winds, snow and hail, and other weather related events, and requires less maintenance and replacements.

Protection – Your new roof will protect not only the outside, but the inside of your building as well. It will not leak, and will provide proper drainage. With a high quality new roof, you can rest easy knowing you and your family are safe in extreme weather conditions.

Efficiency – A high quality new roof provides proper insulations and ventilation, thus saving energy and lowering your heating and cooling costs. Your new roof will help your HVAC equipment last longer, and may even allow you to receive energy efficiency tax breaks.

Increased Home Value – It is also a no-brainier that a new roof increases the value of your home if you ever decide to sell.

Fourth tip – Replace your roof and taking advantage of the newest technology

By replacing your roof, you can take advantage of technology that is more up to date than when your old roof was built,

If your roof has some age to it, then new roofing technologies are available now that weren’t when your old roof was installed. Here are a few new systems that you can take advantage of by installing a new roof.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have changed a lot since the old tin roof days. Modern metal roofs offer much more durability and longevity now, standing up to the most extreme weather and proving much better energy efficiency. New metal roofs are not prone to warping or cracking like wood or asphalt shingles, and are typically recyclable when their lifespan is over. Our metals roofs, be they standing seam, ironwood, or metal shake, are virtually maintenance free, and eco friendly, and some styles are even ready for solar panels to be snapped in, preventing the dangers of leaks that often come with solar panel installation on other types of roofs.

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs reflect sunlight and absorb less heat, resulting in less heat entering the structure and saving on energy bills. Cool roof are also great for non air conditioned spaces like garages or storage areas, keeping them naturally cooler. There are many types of cool roofs such as;

  • Metal
  • Concrete Tile
  • Terra-Cotta Tile
  • Slate

Bold Colors

Roofs do not have to be drab any-more! Instead of the old grays, black, and browns, new metal roofing materials come in many trendy vibrant colors. According to The Metal Roofing Alliance, earth tones are no longer the only option, and many home-owners are now opting for bright colors that make a statement.

Need a quote Choose Roofing Recovery to get the job done

We’re not just a Fort Lauderdale Roof Repair Company – Roofing Recovery is a family owned business that has provided Roof Replacement for properties across West Palm Beach, and Broward and Dade Counties for over twenty five years. If you need roofing services, please give us a call at 954-500-0203. or fill out the on-line request form. We will get back to you in one business day!

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