There are a few cases where a roof repair or a simple partial reroofing service is the extent of your roof’s needs, however, homes that have habitual issues (like shingles constantly coming off or chronic leaks), missing or damaged shingles in multiple areas, or the roof is older than 15 years; a roof replacement is likely a better investment. For starters, you will want to hire a roofing contractor to perform an inspection to fully assess whether a partial or full roof replacement is required. We at Big Ike’s Roofing Co would like to further elaborate on what you should know about roof replacements.
Types of Roofing Materials
As new roofing materials continue to become available; you would be surprised of your options from what you had 20 years ago. There are highly attractive metal roofs that give the appearance of other materials, and architectural shingles that are head and shoulders above traditional asphalt in terms of looks and performance in addition to some of the more traditional shingles such as shakes, asphalt and slate. Keep in mind the newer materials can cost more than the traditional 3-tab asphalt shingles, however, there is more curb appeal and they last longer.
Roofing Tear Off or Adding a Second Layer of Shingles on a Roof
Depending on what’s already on your roof, you may have a choice in how you proceed with the new shingles if you currently have asphalt shingles on your roof. A good way to save some money on installation costs is layering one layer on top of the other. If you live in an area with high winds, you may be better off stripping. Also, you can only do the layering once, so if it has already been layer, stripping is the only option.
Expect a Roofing Replacement to Be Loud
During the roof replacement process, it will be fairly loud. Scraping and stripping off the old shingles, along with the hammering of the installing new ones is going to be cause a lot of noise. You may need to find a place to be out of doors if you, pets, or kids are sensitive to the loud sounds.
Should I Be Home During a Roof Replacement?
Additionally, there is a lot of space being used in the yard as there is quite amount of shingles needed to cover a roof. If you plan on going somewhere for the day during the installation, make sure your car is already out of the garage or driveway before the shingles are unloaded. Otherwise, you may find yourself blocked in after the shingles have been taken off the truck.
Proficient Roofing Installation
You should understand what the process is going to entail prior to the roofers getting started. Whether or not there will be a height difference, if they are stripping or layering, if you are only partially reroofing, and that they are taking care to flash and trim accordingly. It never hurts to be informed so you can make good decisions if necessary, however, most reputable roofers will give you a run down on what they are doing.