Roof replacement is usually the quickest and cheapest way to bring your roof back to look it’s best. However, it’s important to consider all of your options before making a decision as to which roofing method to use. The roof is one of the most expensive parts of your home, so don’t try and skimp where it matters. You can still get a great roof for a great price if you know what kind of roof you need. Even with all of the current advances in roof repair, there are some common problems that you’ll run into. Here are some things you should look out for when replacing your roof:
The biggest problem with the roof replacement is when it comes to finding the right materials. If you’re installing an asphalt shingle roof replacement, then the only options available are those made of asphalt, such as granulated polystyrene or expanded polystyrene. If you’re replacing your old single ply roof, the only material options available are probably going to be aluminum, lead or copper tiles. Otherwise, new roofs that have two or more layers of asphalt shingles layered in between are illegal by federal building code in most states from installing a single layer, so you’ll have to go for a full roof replacement, which will be much higher.
Another common problem with roof replacement is when shingles get blown off or lose their protective granules. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does happen, you have to decide if you want to repair the shingled roof or replace it entirely. Usually the latter is a better option anyway, as roofing shingles are usually quite durable and strong. There are other issues such as leaky pipes underneath the shingled roof, missing tiles or roof sections, poor flashing around the edges of the roof, exposed nails, missing ladders and missing valleys which can cause all kinds of problems, particularly in windy climates.
If all else fails, the last thing you can do is take on roof replacement yourself. Unless you’ve done your roof replacement yourself in the past and know exactly what you’re doing, this is an extremely tricky undertaking. Not only is roofing repair something you might not have ever done before, but there are several things you need to know before starting that cannot be learned in a few weeks’ time. For example, you need to know how many layers to install, how long the process should take, whether you need new roof tiles or just ladders, how to pressure-gage roofing tiles (which will eventually bubble), whether you should use glue or nail, and a host of other things. This article does not intend to cover these in any detail, but if you have any questions about roof replacement, don’t hesitate to contact a local roofer and ask them for advice.
Once you’ve got your roof replacement completed and are happy that your work was satisfactory, you’ll need to protect it. This can be as straightforward as putting tarps around the perimeter to prevent moisture getting underneath and damaging the tiles. Or it can be more involved, depending on the nature of your job. If you’re replacing old shingles, for example, you may want to use a wood underlayment to ensure that your roof doesn’t leak through to the floor below. Alternatively, you could get professional roof installation done – in which case, you would need to protect your roof from rain damage too. Regardless of which method you choose, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully for the most thorough protection.
Under the circumstances, it’s also worth remembering that your roof replacement won’t be completed unless you repair the damaged areas yourself. If your roof has a whole lot of damaged shingles, for instance, you’ll be much better off using roofing tile over the damaged shingles to hide them and help repair the entire roof. It might be necessary to have the rest of the roof replaced, but having a roof tile covering over the damaged areas can help you keep warm and dry during winter and prevent water damage during summer.