Many people consider a house’s roof the most important part of the home. It is also one of the biggest investments you will do if you choose to replace or fix your roof. So before you rush to replace your old roof there are 5 things you should know.
- Prevention is Better than Repair
First, you will want to always keep on top of the condition of your roof. Frequent monitoring of your roof for damage or leaks will allow you to fix the problem before it becomes a big headache. Repairing roof damage as soon as possible will keep costs down, as a damaged roof that gets out of hand will cost more in the long-term.
Also, always keep in mind when the warranty runs out, as standard roofing over the 15 – 20 year range will most likely need repairs soon.
- Know the Signs
While prevention is key, you will need to be armed with potential warning signs as well. Missing shingles is always a surefire sign that damage is likely. After storms or strong winds check your yard for loose shingles that have fallen off. Another area to check is chimney flashing. You will want to replace this with metal flashing if you have not already done so.
Finally, check the roof valleys, the area where rain, snow, and other debris flow off the roof into the gutters. These are critical areas in your roof to inspect for possible damage.
- Shingles the Cheapest Option
Asphalt shingles are the most economical type of roofing when you want to replace your roof. The best way to estimate roofing costs is to know your roof’s total square footage. With this knowledge you can begin a rough estimate of how much a roof replacement would cost.
Also, note that they are many types and varieties of shingles. It has been argued that purchasing shingles with the longest warranty such as 50-year shingles goes a long way in protecting your investment.
- Remove Old Roofing
When you have decided to replace your roof, if you have shingles many roofers give you the option to add a new layer right on top of the old. This is not recommended. This is because if there is any damage under the old roof or the ply decking you will never know. Removing the old roof allows the roofer to quality inspect the plywood decking as well as install any rain or snow shields before installing a new roof. Be sure to inspect your roof from your attic to see if you see any shingles from your attic. If so, your decking will most likely need to be replaced.
- Shop Around
As always be sure to get multiple quotes and shop around. Don’t always go with the cheapest option. When driving around your neighborhood and you notice a stellar roofing job, don’t be shy to ask who was the company behind it. The biggest roofing firms are not always the best. Every city has local roofers that only work locally be sure to research these companies as well!