Your home's roof is its first line of defense against the elements, shielding you from rain, wind, and sun. But like anything else, roofs have a lifespan, and there comes a time when a roof replacement becomes necessary. This guide will walk you through the signs indicating it's time for a roof replacement and the process.

Signs Your Roof Needs Replacement:

  • Age of the Roof: Most asphalt shingle roofs last around 20-25 years, while other materials like metal or tile can last longer. If your roof is approaching or surpassing this age, it's a good idea to start considering a replacement.

  • Curling or Buckling Shingles: Shingles that are curling, buckling, or showing signs of age-related wear may no longer provide adequate protection.

  • Missing Shingles: If you notice missing shingles, it's a sign that your roof's integrity is compromised, leaving it susceptible to leaks and further damage.

  • Leaks and Water Stains: Water stains on your ceiling or walls, or leaks in your attic after heavy rain, indicate a failing roof.

  • Moss and Algae Growth: Excessive moss or algae growth can signal that your roof's protective layers are deteriorating.

  • Excessive Granule Loss: Have you found granules from shingles in your gutters? This could indicate that your shingles are deteriorating and losing their protective layers.

The Roof Replacement Process:

  • Inspection: A professional roofing contractor will perform a thorough inspection to assess the extent of damage and determine if a replacement is needed.

  • Choosing Materials: Work with your contractor to select the right roofing materials based on your budget, climate, and aesthetics.

  • Estimates and Quotes: Get detailed estimates from roofing companies, including labor, materials, and additional costs.

  • Permits and Planning: Depending on local regulations, you might need permits for the replacement. Your contractor will handle the necessary paperwork.

  • Removal: The old roofing materials are removed, exposing the roof deck.

  • Repairs: Damaged roof deck sections are repaired or replaced to ensure a solid foundation for the new roof.

  • Installation: New roofing materials are installed, including underlayment, flashing, and shingles.

  • Cleanup: A reputable contractor will ensure your property is clean and debris-free once the job is complete.

  • Final Inspection: A final inspection ensures the replacement meets quality standards and regulations.

How We Can Help

At XL Contracting, we’re dedicated to being the best in the roofing business. We serve the following cities in Wisconsin and Illinois: Rockford, Madison, Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, Janesville, Roscoe, and Rockton! Contact us today for a FREE roof inspection with one of our experts, or call us to get started at (844) 507-6551.