The process of installing a new roof can be a major undertaking. To start with, roof replacements can take a lot of time and are quite costly. From selecting the right roofing material to choosing the style of roofing, there’s so much that needs to be done before you get to enjoy your new roof. It helps to take your time and get a roof that will protect your property from the elements for a long time to come. Before you rush into the process of installing a new roof, here’s what you need to know.
Consider partial reroofing or roof repairs?
Find out if you can reroof a section of your roof that’s damaged instead of investing in a completely new roof. Sometimes the damage is minor and you can do repairs to get the system up and running as good as new. If the roof has significant damage, it could be time to replace it. The first step should be to consult a roofing expert who will perform the necessary investigations and advise on whether a replacement is required.
Choosing the ideal roofing materials
It’s worth looking at multiple roofing material options available in the market today. While most property owners will go for the traditional shingles, there are other materials that could be more ideal in terms of aesthetics and performance. The newer roofing materials may give you a longer lifespan with minimal maintenance. Before you choose what roofing material is best for your property, consider the cost, maintenance demands, and longevity.
Consider layering or stripping the shingles
If you have damaged or missing asphalt shingles on your roof, a good alternative may be to add an extra layer of shingles instead of starting over with a completely fresh installation. Layering the shingles on top of each other can help you to save on labor costs. Keep in mind that asphalt shingles adhere better when installed directly to the roof instead of on top of another layer of shingles. This may not be a suitable approach if you live in an area that’s exposed to high winds. Additionally, an extra layer of shingles may add weight which your roofing system may not be able to handle. Ask your roofing contractor to advise on the best approach.
Expect it to be noisy and messy
Roof installations are not just loud but can lead to too much clutter in your compound if not well planned. If your property is in a busy neighborhood, you may want to consider having the renovations done at night. The hammering and stripping of the old shingles can be too loud and annoying for anyone around the area. You may want to find a temporary living space for yourself, children or pets in your home.
Proper installation is key
Even if you choose the best roofing material in the market, poor workmanship can significantly reduce its lifespan. Make sure you understand the installation process and get an expert to handle the job well. A qualified roofer should let you know exactly what they’re doing and be ready to answer any concerns you might have.