Of all the many home renovation projects you can do, few are more important than putting on a new roof. After all, anything you do inside would be ruined without installation of a proper roof. Since replacing your roof is so important, there are 3 important things to consider when redoing your roof.
When do you need to get a new roof?
Aside from the obvious, when a roof has been damaged due to extreme weather or has multiple leaks, there are a few things you can look for that might be good indications that it’s time for a new roof.
Of course, if it starts to rain inside, it’s probably time to invest in a new roof. But what are some of the more subtle clues that it is time to redo the roof?
One thing you can look for is the condition of the shingles. While a few worn shingles is not a big problem and missing shingles can be replaced, if you notice that the majority of shingles are worn or cracking it may be time to start thinking about a new roof.
Also, with wood roofing you may start to notice widespread moss and mildew growing.
Which material to choose?
The second important thing to consider when redoing the roof is what kind of material to choose. There are a few different options and each one has different advantages and disadvantages.
Rubber has become a very popular roofing material and this is because it has a few different benefits. For one, rubber is usually much cheaper than most other roofing materials.
Also, rubber is very durable and it very rarely leaks. However, rubber roofing is quite permanent and this makes it very difficult to remove it if you ever want to replace it.
Like rubber, asphalt is one of the cheaper materials used for roofing. One of the biggest advantages to asphalt is that, unlike rubber, it can be easily repaired. However, asphalt is not as durable as rubber and has a relatively short life span.
One of the biggest benefits to wood roofing is its aesthetic value. Wood roofs give your home a natural and classy look. There is also some insulation value to be gained by choosing wood roofing. On the downside, wood roofs tend to be on the more expensive end and require a high level of maintenance and upkeep.
One of the advantages to metal roofing is its versatility as it can come in many different colors and styles. Much like rubber, metal roofs are very durable and have a long life span. Some disadvantages to metal roofing include it being costly and rather difficult to install.
Who Should Install Your New Roof?
The third important thing to consider when redoing the roof is to decide who will install the new roof.
You basically have two options here: hire a professional or do it yourself. Unless you have a lot of experience installing roofs (i.e. you’re a professional yourself) I would recommend hiring professionals to do the work.
When choosing to hire someone to install a new roof on your house, it is important to choose wisely. One of the first things you can do is get quotes from various companies to compare prices and narrow down your choices.
It is also important to keep in mind how long the company has been in business as this will provide you with a track record to go off of and show how much experience the company has with roofing jobs.
Finally, it may be a good idea to do a background check and see if any complaints have been filed against any company you consider.
Replacing your roof can be intimidating, time- and energy-consuming. However, when done right replacing your roof can add value to your home. By keeping in mind these 3 important things to remember when redoing the roof, hopefully you will be able to make an informed and reasonable decision when the time comes.
Preparing to sell or buy a home? Visit ComFree.com for tips, listings and more.
Wade Myer has worked as a grunt, framer, grunt again, light equipment operator, and building inspector. Finally, he’s getting to write about his experiences on behalf of Steiner Homes who builds Crown Point custom homes.