Are You Thinking about Replacing Your Roof?

maintaining a roof in good condition

If you are considering giving your roof a refurbishment, you already know how complex this work can be and requires careful planning as well as some knowledge. Between the vagaries of the climate (snow, ice, wind, etc.) or simply the wear and tear of time, taking care of your roof is a priority that cannot be neglected.

At PolarMade, we fully understand the challenges of maintaining a roof in tip-top condition, especially when temperatures drop and snow accumulates. That's why we've put together a comprehensive list of essential tips and tricks for you to consider before you start replacing your roof.
From the initial budget to long-term maintenance, including the vital need for effective snow removal, in this article we will explore the different facets to consider when considering replacing your roof.

Evaluate the current condition of your roof

Before deciding on roof replacement, it's crucial to assess its current condition thoroughly. Start by carefully examining the various signs of deterioration that could indicate underlying problems. 

While water leaks are obvious indicators of roof problems, it's equally important to watch for other clues like missing or damaged tiles, cracks in the siding, and moss or debris buildup.
Leaks can sometimes be located inside the home, and can manifest as damp spots or mold on ceilings and walls. However, it is also essential to regularly check the attic or roof space for signs of water leaks or more serious structural damage.
As for missing or damaged tiles, these can lead to water infiltration and compromise the integrity of your roof. If you notice broken, cracked, or displaced tiles, it is important to replace them promptly to prevent further damage.
Damage caused by snow or ice during the winter can also signal potential problems. Snow buildup on your roof can exert excess pressure, causing roof sags or even collapses. Likewise, when snow melts and turns to ice, it can seep into cracks and gaps in your roof, causing leaks and long-term structural damage. It is therefore essential to closely monitor the accumulation of snow and ice on your roof and act quickly to avoid any potential damage. Our SnowPeller roof snow rake allows you to quickly and effortlessly remove this accumulation so as not to damage your roof.

By carefully evaluating these different signs of deterioration, you will be able to determine whether a simple repair of your roof is sufficient or whether a complete replacement is necessary to ensure its long-term durability and functionality. If you have any doubts or concerns about the condition of your roof, do not hesitate to call a professional for a more in-depth assessment and recommendations tailored to your specific situation.


The importance of choosing the right materials for your roof-durability

When considering replacing your roof, the choice of materials is a crucial decision that will have a significant impact on the appearance, durability and cost of your new roof. There is a wide range of roofing materials to choose from, each offering its own advantages and disadvantages.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular options due to their affordability, wide availability, and durability. These shingles are available in a variety of styles and colors, making them suitable for a wide variety of homes and architectural styles. Additionally, asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install and maintain, making them a practical choice for many homeowners.

Ceramic or clay tiles offer a more traditional and elegant aesthetic and are often associated with Mediterranean or Spanish-style homes. While these tiles are extremely durable and can withstand the elements for decades, they are also more expensive to purchase and install. However, for those looking for a high-end appearance and a roof that stands out, ceramic tiles can be a great choice.

Other roofing material options include metal, wood, composite and rubber, each offering its own benefits in terms of durability, cost and aesthetics. Before making a final decision, thoroughly research the different types of materials available, consult a roofing professional for personalized recommendations, and choose the one that best suits your needs, budget, and style of your home. 

Here are some estimates of the lifespan of commonly used materials, to guide you in your choice:

Steel: 50 years and over
Aluminum: 50 years and over
Asphalt shingles: 15 to 30 years
Wood shingles: 30 years and over
Recycled tire tiles and polymers: 50 years and counting


Ensuring the longevity of your roof through good maintenance

Regular Inspection: Schedule regular inspections of your roof for any signs of damage or deterioration. Look for leaks, damaged tiles or shingles, and signs of rot or mold in areas prone to water collection. Early detection of problems will help prevent greater damage in the future.


Regular Maintenance: In addition to inspections, make sure to keep your roof in good condition by performing regular maintenance, especially during the winter months when the weight of snow and ice can cause damage. This will require you to regularly clear snow from your roof. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent blockages and water overflows, which is especially crucial when melting snow can cause water to rush onto your roof. Trim tree branches that could damage your roof from friction or falls.

Immediate Repairs: If you spot any damage or problems during your inspections, repair them as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. Whether it's a simple tile replacement or a leak repair, take immediate action to prevent greater damage.

Winter Snow Removal: In winter, snow and ice buildup on your roof can cause structural damage and water leaks. Make sure to clear snow from your roof regularly to prevent snow from accumulating and becoming too heavy. Our SnowPeeler roof snow rakes are perfect for this task, providing an efficient and safe solution for clearing snow from your roof without damaging shingles or roofing materials.


By following these tips and proactively caring for your roof, you can ensure its longevity and extend its lifespan, protecting your home and family from the outdoor elements for many years to come.

Plan your budget for the renovation of your roof

Budget Preparation: When considering your roof replacement, budget planning is essential. Develop a realistic budget that encompasses the costs of materials, labor and potential unexpected expenses. Get detailed quotes from multiple contractors to compare prices and find the best deal. Remember to allow room for unforeseen circumstances, as adjustments may be necessary during the project.


Covering Type: The choice of roof covering material is crucial in determining the total cost of the project. Prices vary across materials and may further fluctuate based on quality. For example, you will have to pay more for 30-year-old asphalt shingles than for 20-year-old shingles. It is therefore important to consider the durability and quality of the material when making your selection, taking into account both the initial cost and long-term savings.

Roof Slope: The slope of your roof can also influence the cost of roof replacement. The greater the slope, the more difficult it is to lay the siding, which can increase labor costs. Steep slope roofs often require additional safety measures and can be more complex to work on, which can result in additional costs. Make sure to take the slope of your roof into account when setting your budget to avoid financial surprises during the project.


What is the best time to replace your roof?

Ideally, roof repairs should be done in the spring, once the snow has melted and the temperatures are milder. Summer is also suitable, except during excessively hot days. Autumn presents another favorable window for this work. However, undertaking roofing projects during winter  can present additional challenges, such as snow removal and defrosting, as well as delicate handling of materials. As a result, this can lead to additional costs of around 20% for the construction of a roof covering in winter conditions.


You are now better equipped to make informed decisions regarding your roof replacement.

At PolarMade, we understand the critical importance of maintaining a roof in good condition, especially during the harsh winter weather. This is why we have developed innovative roof snow rakes such as SnowPeeler, offering an efficient and secure solution for clearing snow from your roof without compromising its integrity.


By following our advice and proactively caring for your roof, you can extend its lifespan, ensure its longevity, and protect your home and family from weather damage.