So, it’s time: you need a new roof. Whether it comes down to natural wear and tear, damage from a storm, a leak that went undetected for too long, or your shingles balding so bad they’re beyond repair, a new roof is a large project that can take time, money, and preparation.
It’s a process, but done correctly and by professionals you trust, you will be more than pleased with the look of your new roof, the functionality, and the secure protection it provides the rest of your home. But before you jump into it, here are a few things you should know before getting your new roof installed.
Not all materials are created equal. While most roofing mediums last decades, some are created to last lifetimes—it all depends on what your budget allows, how long you want to secure your roof, and if you want a short or long-term solution.
If you’re looking to replace your roof from unexpected damage and hadn’t planned on needing a new one, a short-term solution may be the better direction for you, since roofs can be pricey. Materials, like asphalt shingles, are one of the most economic choices, however they also last the shortest amount of time.
If you’re looking long-term, investing in materials such as slate, wood, concrete, or metal may be a good route to take. While they are more costly, they also are more stable, can withstand the elements of the seasons better, add curb appeal to your home, which increases property value over time, and also will last longer than you will likely be living in the same home.
To Peel or Layer, That’s the Question
When it comes to getting a new roof, you may be wondering if you can just place the new shingles on top of the existing ones. There are two answers: yes and no. For most homes codes, you can have layers of shingles on your roof, but only two. If your home is older and has already reached this limited capacity, you have no choice but to strip the shingles and replace them.
However, before you get disappointed, it’s important to remember the benefits of going the peeling route and replacing the roof entirely. Adding layers of shingles also adds weight to the structure of your roof and home, which is unnecessary and can lead to strain damage in the long term. Additionally, removing old and damaged shingles will allow you to waterproof your roof, add new protective layers to the base, and start fresh without having to worry about what’s happening with those old shingles.
Be Prepared for What It Takes
A new roof is going to be LOUD—very loud. Installing it takes ripping, hammering and measuring, not to mention potential sawing or sanding if necessary. Considering the work it takes to make your roof perfect, it’s important to be patient, prepared, and expect the noise that comes with the labor. As a courtesy, let your neighbors know you’ll be replacing your roof, how long you anticipate it will take, and be prepared for any pets to be a bit skittish during the duration.
If you work from home, especially now, make sure to make arrangements for how you will be able to work or take any meetings or calls while construction is happening.
Check Your Frame
Your roof goes beyond just the shingles, but also the frame. You can have damage to the structure without fully realizing it. Be sure to have your roofing team check the plywood and surrounding beams of your frame to ensure there is no erosion, deterioration, or breakage. It’s also advisable to have your team check the entire roof once shingles are peeled to examine if there is any superficial damage to the base of the roof.
Leaks, cracks, small holes can all lead to bigger damage down the road. It’s best to have everything repaired before installing your new roof. If you’re in need of guidance or a consultation regarding the ins and outs of roof installation, let us know—we’re here to help.