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Our decision to Get a New Roof for the House

Updated on August 31, 2014

A Cute Home in Old Town St. Charles.

This is not my house, but a house in a cute historic district not too far.  You know these homes have had roof repairs over the decades.
This is not my house, but a house in a cute historic district not too far. You know these homes have had roof repairs over the decades. | Source

How we came to a decision for a new roof

Our home isn't even twenty years old yet, so the idea of needing a new roof wasn't in the forefront of our minds by any means. That said, its not a new home either, and we are seeing the effects of age over the years. We have been keeping up with it as we can, but I really love our little house and it is something I am happy to be in for many years to come.

After some storms in past years (we are in the Midwest, by the way), we have noticed some neighbors having to deal with some issues with their roofs. That was a little concern to me, but not too much. Starting a couple years ago, we noticed homeowners getting a new roof here and there. This year however, we saw a few more and our curiosity began to grow. Just how long does a roof last anyway, I wondered?

Turns out that the hail damage from some major storms this year did some real damage to peoples vehicles, decks, roofs, and windows and screens. This started a chain of events it seems in the neighborhood. This year in the United States though, was a real whopper in regards to rough weather and storms, and I know we weren't the only ones hit with harsh hail, etc.

We got some mail.....

It was during this time we got some mail, letting us know of a company that was being recommended for roof repair. It spoke of being able to answer questions about possible roof repair and let us know that many in the neighborhood were using this company to get their roof fixed.

Like many other families, we are just so busy too, and this was the last thing on our minds. However, if many people had roof damage in our neighborhood from extreme hail, then we likely did as well. This was confirmed after a rain, where we wanted to make sure one part of our gutters were cleared out so the water could flow. We had a lot of "sand" in our gutter, which is normal to some degree, but it was a lot. The storm had pulled off some of the outer layers on our shingles.

What was so nice, is both the insurance company, our homeowners, as well as the roofing company were very helpful. Our insurance concluded we needed a new roof. We needed to pay our deductible true, but a new roof was much more.

This got the ball rolling, and we met with the roofing people. They talked to us at length about everything, and answered our questions. They were giving us a discount too for putting up one of their signs in our yard for a couple of weeks, which we were more than happy to do.

Before long, the things were delivered. I went to work one morning, and I guess they came early, right after I left. When I came home, there was a huge mess and several men up on our roof! It had been a long day, but we were so happy with the results.

It is worth it to insurance I guess, to help get a new roof if really needed, before the effects of NOT getting a new roof come into play. Who knows what troubles we averted for when future storms and winds hit again.

I am very thankful to the company, and to our home owners insurance for helping us so much. We pay into that insurance for a reason, so it was nice it was there for us when we needed it. If you are even considering such a thing, start asking some questions and ask around. I am confident this will also help any resale value of the home in the future.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I agree Jfay, and I am happy we got it fixed before it got to the point of leaking. We get so busy, I really often don't think of things like that unless its a problem. So I agree, its important to think about those things and act on it.

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      jfay2011 6 years ago

      getting roofs fixed is important. It's no fun to start getting leaks. It's then that you know it's time for a new roof.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      GmaGoldie, I agree. Its true that you can't really wait to get some things worked on in a house. Economically, its a hard time for so many people lately. Its smart if you can, to try to keep ahead of these things. Thanks for the visit and your comment.

      Dallas, thank you, I am glad also. I can't even begin to imagine water coming in through the roof, how frustrating! We did have a very small problem, with some water coming in a different way, and going into the wall a bit. It had nothing to do with the roof though, and we got that fixed. It can be pretty upsetting to have to be concerned about such basics as keeping the inside dry. Thank you for the visit and comments and rates. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Glad your project worked out to your satisfaction. One does not appreciate a "dry home" until one experience roof leaks!

      Thanks for sharing! Flag up and interesting.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Our new project house (built in 1929)essentially, the roofers told us has a new roof which has aged prematurely because of lack of ventilation.

      Roofs and windows are not luxury items, they MUST be taken care of in a timely manner by professionals who understand their craft.