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10 Tips for a Home Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is a complicated, expensive and difficult task. But fortunately, you only need to care for this every 20 to 30 years. Before you choose what type of roofing system will suit your home the best, you need to consider the cost, durability, and the ability to withstand the severe weather conditions of your locality. 

So today we have come up with these 10 roof replacement ideas to make the job easier for you. Because at the end of the day, we want you and your family to stay as safe as possible when shingles start to fall. 

Budget for roofing:

Before deciding on a budget for roof replacement you need to consider two things. Value and Return on investment. Roofing isn’t a piece of cake that you can do whenever you want to. That’s why you need to settle on a budget that covers the cost of the quality products and installation, labor, project management. 

So ask your contractors if their project management will take care of the permits and inspections, disposal of old roofing, ventilation, fasteners, flashing, protective coverings and delivery of new materials. In case of roof replacement, you need quality material that will last a lifetime. 

Relocating the vehicles: 

Contractors need a place to load shingles and debris and they also need quick access from the construction site to their truck and tools. That’s why giving your contractor the prime parking area is a must. 

You also need to park your vehicle at a safe distance from the construction site until the work is completely done. To keep out dust and debris, keep your doors closed during roofing construction. 

Re-roofing or roof over: 

Most people go for re-roofing or roof over option if they are tight on the budget. But re-roofing is not always a great option, especially if you are looking for a lifelong option. While a roof-over or re-roofing definitely cut the cost of labor and removal and disposal of the old roof, it shortens the lifetime of the new shingles. 

Because of re-roofing, heat and moisture build-up which leads to the void of the warranty of the shingles. Also when you re-roof, the underlying decking problems will remain undetected. 

Repairing of the underlying wood: 

Repairing of the underlying roof is an important part of the roof replacement. Placing new shingles over old or faulty woods reduces the lifetime of the new roofing materials. So before you sign the contract, ask your contractor to include not only the removal of the shingles in their project management but also the necessary repairs needed for the underlying wood. 

Choose the right shingles for roof replacement: 

The right shingles for roofing can ensure your roof to last a lifetime. There are mostly three types of shingles. 

  • Asphalt shingles: 

Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and easiest to install. Although they need regular maintenance, they are most reliable in case of fire, hail, and rain. 

  • Wood shingles: 

You should go with wood shingles if you live in a place with unpredictable weather conditions. Although they are more expensive than asphalt, they are more durable and stand up well against hail rain and eliminates the risk of termites and fire damages. 

  • Slate shingles: 

These are the most heavyweight, durable and sturdy option than all other shingles choices. But their only downfall is that they are difficult to install and are more expensive than asphalt and wood shingles. 

Know the size of the roof: 

To estimate the number of roof materials you need for your roof replacement, you need to know the method to measure the size of your roof. Contractors measure the size of the roof based on how many “squares” you need. And 1 square means the amount of roof material needed to cover 100 square feet. So if your roof needs 10 squares then it means that your roof is 1000 square feet. 

Protective covering for roofing: 

Before installing shingles, you need to install protective barriers to provide security against ice and waters to fully protect your home. And this step is a must if you live in an area with heavy rainfall or snow or icy temperature. So it’s a good idea to ask your contractor to add fasteners, flashing, drip edges in the roof replacement project, so you can easily estimate the budget. 

Ventilation: 

One thing that is sure to contribute to the long life of your roof is proper ventilation. Proper ventilation can influence the attic temperature during summer and winter. Ventilation also helps to reduce the building up of the moisture. 

Wind resistance:

If you reside in a place with severe weather patterns like tornadoes or hurricanes then having quality wind resistance is a must for your roof replacement. So in this case, you have to choose quality over price.

Shingles come with different wind speed warranties. They can be as low as 60 miles per hour of 120-130 miles per hour. So purchasing shingles with high wind speed warranties can contribute to giving your home complete protection you need against unpredictable severe weather. 

Residential Roofing Warranties

With each new roof, our customers will receive a 10 Year No Leak Warranty certificate from us and a GAF System Plus Warranty from the manufacturer (GAF). You can even upgrade your warranty to the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty which includes upgraded materials and an inspection from a GAF inspector after we install the roof. This can actually add value to your home as both of these warranties can also be transferred if you ever sell your home. If you decide not to use GAF, your roof will be covered by our 10 Year No Leak Warranty and the manufacturer’s warranty as well.

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