To protect your home from weather, you may need to replace your roof. However, replacing a roof can be very expensive. Make sure you’re making the right choice when determining how you’re going to spend money on a roof replacement.
When Should You Replace Your Roof?
No roof is designed to last forever. You can usually extend the life of your roof with repairs, but eventually, you’ll need to replace it.
Seeing the signs of a deteriorating roof is the first step in determining if you need a new roof. If your roof is showing signs of decay, you should consider replacing it.
The lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is about 10 to 30 years, depending on local weather, humidity, and extreme weather conditions in the area.
Things to Consider When Replacing a Roof
To save yourself time and money, it’s important to know what to expect when replacing your roof. Check out this quick guide to help you get started:
1. Should You Replace Your Roof?
A DIY roof replacement may be for you if you have the tools and knowledge. Just know that this work will demand a lot of labor, time, and attention to detail especially if you want wood paneling. Also, you have to use the right tools and follow safety procedures to do everything properly.
2. Shop For Roofing Companies
Don’t make the mistake of only looking at the least expensive roofing company. While some companies offer quality work at lower rates, unusually low rates can sometimes indicate that a company might be cutting corners and leaving you with worse results.
When selecting a company to replace a roof, it’s important to consider their reviews and credentials.
3. Expect Noise
Installing a new roof takes a few days. During this time the workers will be making a lot of noise, so be prepared. You may also want to notify your neighbors about the noise, and help alleviate any inconveniences for them. Also, you may need to consider the needs of your pets and their sensitivity to noise. They may need to stay with a family or friend and away from small palm trees so that they don’t ruin it.
4. Layering vs. Stripping
If your home has suffered heavy damage from weather, you may have to consider stripping the roof, which means completely removing it. Although, depending on the severity of the damage, your roofing contractor or company may suggest layering over stripping.
As for gutters, do they have to be removed when undergoing a roof replacement? It’s generally best to do so or you might risk damaging them in the process.
5. Review the Contract Carefully
It’s absolutely necessary to have a written contract with your contractor or roofing company. Be sure your roofing contract includes materials used, quality of service, total cost, itemized costs, schedule, and any other details you need to have included for your specific project. Also, don’t sign the contract unless you’re totally satisfied with all the conditions and language.