5 Things You Should Know Before Replacing a Roof

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The importance of roof repairs, maintenance and replacements can’t be underestimated nor delayed. If you begin to get the feeling that your roof’s functionality is not what it used to be, you will need to start the process of replacing a roof. 

The Basic Roofing Materials

Your choice of roofing materials will depend on the climate of your area, as well as your personal taste in architecture.  In dry regions where fire hazards are prominent, you may choose the longevity and fire-safety provided by a metal roof.  You will also have to consider the pitch of you roof. Some materials will be more appropriate for a steeper roof, but won’t work as well for low pitch or flat roofs.  These factors will play into the process of replacing a roof.

Tear Off or Second Layer?

It was common practice to lay a new layer of shingles across the older worn shingles, this could be done twice.   Today this practice is frowned upon by most building authorities, even in those areas where it could be done.  It is important to speak with a knowledgeable roofing contractor and consider all the advantages and setbacks of such a plan.  This could save you on roof replacement costs but roof layovers might not be the best idea for your home.

Roof Replacement Costs and Considerations

There are several important factors that must be calculated when it comes to total roof replacement costs. There are a range of materials ranging from the cheaper three-tab asphalt shingles, all the way to stately and long lasting slate roofing.  The roofing contractor you choose will need their fees and the price can be further increased by the dimensions of your roof.  Special features like belfries, gables and skylights as well as the angle or pitch of your roof can increase roof replacement costs.

For an average home applying the rock-bottom three-tab shingles, the cost for the entire project can be as low as $7000.  This includes removing and disposing of the older roof.

Consider Off-Season Roofing Work

A well-trained and coordinated roofing team is a marvel of synchronization and organization.  The roofing seasons last between spring and fall, to take advantage of the good weather.  There are some skilled and efficient crews quite capable of continuing their services well into the end of the year.  In other words, there is good reason to have your roofing repairs or replacements handled in the off-season.  One good reason to consider this is that the roof replacement costs will be lower.  There is a trick to having this done without any threat from the elements.  This is to have a large team of highly-skilled professionals accomplish the entire project in short time.

Understand the Roofing Process

You’ll be better able to understand the process and make enlightened decisions if you have taken time to understand some of the terms being used. The entire project on a medium sized home can be completed in as little as 3 to 4 days.  Take some time to learn about the roofing process so you are able to negotiate down and take measures to reduce roof replacement costs.

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Matt Kowalis

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