Roof replacement is a huge task. It’s costly, time-consuming, and may leave you undecided about anything from shingle design to how color affects curb appeal. A roof is more than just the cap that gives your house a completed look; it also serves to protect it from the elements. Before you make any judgments on a future roof replacement, make sure you’re aware of all the different aspects of the job.
There are occasions when you can repair or partially re-roof your house, but if your roof is older, has missing or damaged shingles in several spots, or has reoccurring problems like shingles that break off regularly, it may be time to consider roof replacement. The ideal first step is to have it evaluated by a competent roofing company to determine whether a partial or complete roof replacement is needed.
ROOFING MATERIAL TYPES
Roofing materials are constantly being developed and introduced to the market. If your property was last re-roofed 20 years ago, now is the time to see what else is available. Aside from the more typical shingles (asphalt, slate, and shakes), there are also incredibly appealing metal roofs that mimic other materials, as well as architectural shingles that are head and shoulders above traditional asphalt in terms of aesthetic and performance. Although newer materials are more expensive than classic 3-tab asphalt shingles, they may last longer and provide superior exterior appeal.
Stripping or layering
Depending on what’s already on your roof, you may have options for replacing the asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles may be applied in two layers to your roof. It is possible to save money on installation expenses by layering one layer on top of the other. Ironically, you can only do this once, and shingles attach better to the roof directly than to another layer of shingles, so if you live in a high-wind location, stripping may be preferable.
There will be a lot of noise
Keep in mind that replacing a roof is going to be noisy. There will be a lot of noise from the scraping and stripping of the old shingles, as well as the hammering and installation of the new ones. If you, your dogs, or your children are sound sensitive, you may need to locate a quiet location outside.
Please remember that the number of shingles required to cover a roof takes up a significant amount of space. If you intend on leaving the house for the day while the shingles are being installed, make sure your car is already out of the garage or driveway before the shingles are unloaded. You may find yourself shut-in once the shingles have been removed from the truck.
You should know what the roofing procedure entails before allowing the roofers onto your roof. Check to see whether they’re stripping or layering the roof if there will be a height difference if you’re only partially reroofing and if they’re flashing and trimming the right parts. Reputable roofers should explain what they’re doing, but it never hurts to be aware so you can make informed judgments if required.
What Does the Warranty Cover?
Learn about the warranty on your new roof and what is and isn’t covered. A new roof is a significant financial investment in your house. You should be aware of what your warranty covers in the case of an issue so that you can ensure that it is handled correctly and promptly.
Obtain a Contract
Before allowing a roofer inside your house, make sure you have a contract in place that outlines everything you’ve discussed. You should be able to see the type of shingles used and the color chosen, as well as the area or areas being worked on and the scope of the operation – stripping, layering, flashing, and so on After all, he’ll be working on one of the most crucial sections of your home, so be sure you can trust him. Request recommendations, ask all the questions you need to and double-check that everything that was discussed is included in the contract before work begins.
As a homeowner, you should be well-informed
Roof replacement is a significant investment, so don’t take any chances. Keep yourself as well-informed as possible and thoroughly analyze your options before making any judgments. Finally, your new roof should endure at least 20 to 30 years, so make sure you’re satisfied with the results.