A home’s roof gets exposed to changing weather and temperature due to which it strat damaging with time. The average life span of a roof with proper maintenance is between 15 to 20 Years. After that, it starts looking like it needs to be replaced. Even if it turns out that your roof needs a replacement, it does not mean you should immediately rush to a hardware store. There are various important things that you should know before replacing your roof.
1. Make sure you need a new roof
Before you finalize that your home needs a new roof, make sure that’s really what you want. Believe me or not but changing the roof isn’t the only option. Schedule and run an inspection with your trusted roof installing company and let them check the structure and the quality of the material of your roof. If the material is in a good state then you just need to repair it. However, if they think the damage is high and the only option left to keep your home safe is by replacing the roof then you should go for it.
2. Choice of material
The quality of material you choose determines the lifetime of your roof and also it influences the maintenance you will have to deal with in the future. So, it is important to choose the material that will last for longer and have manufacturers’ warranties for years. Although asphalt roofing shingles are most commonly used and their life span is shorter. On the other hand, metal and concrete shingles tend to last longer and are a better option. There are various other options available. So, think about each option carefully and also consider the advantages and disadvantages of each before making your decision.
3. Choose between layering on or peeling off
Another important decision is to decide whether to remove the original layer before installing a new one or just layer the second one on it. If you live in an area with high wind and your old roof is uneven or the shingles are curling then peeling it off and installing a new one is a better option. Peeling off the old roof can become difficult if the material is anything other than asphalt. For some materials removing the roof means replacing the plywood decking and it can be costly.
Also, keep in mind, the building codes do not allow to have more than two roofs and it increases the pressure and the home safety can be in danger.
4. Choose the right roof contractors
With the advancement, many new homes and commercial properties are being built which are increasing the demands for roof contractors. Some ambitious owners decide to install roofs themselves while other owners prefer to hire roof install professionals to handle their projects. Before hiring a company make sure to call other companies in your areas and ask them for their quotes and also make sure they can install the roof that you want. It is because various companies don’t know how to install every kind of roof.
Also, check the social credibility of the company because only reputed companies care about the satisfaction of their customers. Most people choose roofing companies based on their costs. Such companies can only deliver third classwork as they hire low-wage workers with zero experience. So, it is important to consider these factors before choosing the company for you.
5. Check the paperwork
Before signing an agreement with any roofing company, make sure to read the contract carefully. Check if it includes all essential details especially the building permit that ensure that the contractor adheres to the building code and also your warranty must be valid. Also, check the proper permit that confirms the project is covered.
6. Be a good neighbor
Getting a new roof installed is a loud process as it involved stripping the old shingles and hammering a new one. So, you have to accept the fact that things will go loud during the process, and as a good citizen and good neighbors, it is your duty to inform your neighbors that you are getting a new roof. Some children and pets are sensitive to noise so they should stay away during the installation.