What does a roof provide? Shelter, of course!

All too often, homeowners unknowingly neglect one of, if not the most important part of the home, its roof.

So the question is, when is it really time for a new roof? What are my options? Most sloped surfaces need to be reroofed every 20-30 years, while low pitch or flat surfaces, 10-15 years. The fact of the matter is, not all roofs are created equal. Just as there are different types of cars and trucks, there are just as many options for roofs and roofing companies.


Some are good and some are not so good. Some options sell or are priced to sell cheap, while some are more expensive. Some have short warranties, while others have longer warranties. Some companies you have a great experience doing business with, and some are part of a bad dream you just can’t seem to wake up from.


But all joking aside, the best way to be certain about anything in life is to get educated. Do your research, and if you do not know the age of your existing roof, do a visual inspection.

Look for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles or tiles. Inspect the gutters for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand). Is there noticeable discoloration occurring? Look inside your home and see if there are stains or discoloration on the ceiling. If any of these are present, it typically indicates that it is time to call a reputable roofing company for an inspection and estimate.

Being aware of the early warning signs that your roof ‘s substrate has been compromised allows you to take control of the situation before it worsens. Once you have identified that you may need a new roof, the ideal next step would be to better understand just what it is that you need to purchase.


Purchasing on price alone can end up in disappointment, incorrect application and not receiving exactly what was promised. The most important aspect to consider when purchasing a roof is the quality of the roof and service that you are receiving.


Valuable questions to ask yourself are what kind of roof do I want? Is an energy-efficient product important to me? What are the top three advantages of my new roof? Is it aesthetics, water tightness, warranty, reputable installers? Have I allotted for this expenditure in my budget?

Once you have considered the above, you have much more knowledge about your expectations for your roof, the performance you require of it and the certainty of financial viability to move forward with a project that meets your criteria. Therefore, finding a company that can suit your needs will be much less of a hassle for you.

Surface Shield’s team of estimators can guide you through this process, ensuring that you are well-educated on all aspects and benefits of various types of roofing systems and manufacturer’s products, to ensure that the decision you make provides you with certainty and confidence that the product chosen aligns with your expectations.


Surface Shield’s mission is to educate Hawaii’s homeowners about the various products available that can enhance and protect their homes, so they feel certain and comfortable with the roofing products they choose. Call the company today at 739-9599.

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