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While most homeowners do not get as excited about replacing their roof as they do about remodeling their kitchen or other living spaces, repairing or replacing a roof is an important part of owning a home. It is a good idea for homeowners to speak with Dallas roofing professionals and get their viewpoint on how the work should be done as well as any suggestions on materials that should be used.

The first question most people ask is how they can know when they need a new roof. It typically depend the roof's age. Composite shingles and wood shakes have a 15-to-30-year lifespan. However, a number of factors can affect the longevity of a roof, including the home's location, the quality of the roof deck and effectiveness of the home's insulation and ventilation system.

With composite shingles, roofing contractors recommend that homeowners plan to replace their roof after 12 years. It is about this time that roofs start to show signs of curling and missing shingles, leaks, rusted or missing flashing and granule loss. Oftentimes, roof damage is not visible to the untrained eye on the ground.

The roofing experts at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or roof maintenance.

Having a roofing professional inspect any roof that is more than 12 years old can help prevent minor problems from becoming an expensive repair in the future.

Of course, this does not mean that just because a roof has some damage it needs to be completely replaced. Roofing shingles that have been damaged can be repaired if the damage has not affected the home's integrity. If a good portion of the roof's shingles are old and decaying, however, it makes more sense financially to replace the entire roof as opposed to making frequent minor repairs.

Most homeowners have a tight budget for their roof and are concerned about how much the it will cost. That will vary depending on the style of roofing material that is selected, the quality of the installation and the complexity of the roofing system. It is recommended that homeowners not select their roof based on price alone, however. Using the cheapest material and the cheapest contractor can cost more in the long run when a homeowner needs to repair sub-par roofing and the water damage it eventually causes.

Finding the right roofing material for a home involves a mix of aesthetics and finances. Every roofing material has its pros and cons. Homeowners should be willing to discuss these with a roofing contractor in order to find the right roofing material for their home.

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