When it comes to your home, your roof is your primary defense against the elements, making it essential to keep it in good condition. However, every roof has a life span, and there will come a time when replacing it becomes inevitable.
We know there are several reasons that make this feel like a big undertaking, and that’s why we wanted to share the top five things we feel you need to consider when it comes to roof replacement. If you reach the end of this article and still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
Top 5 Things to Consider when Replacing a Roof
1) Know When it’s Time for a Replacement
The lifespan of your roof depends on the material used. Most of today’s homes have asphalt shingle roofs, which last about 20 to 25 years. Indicators that it’s time for a replacement include frequent leaks, sagging, or noticeable wear-and-tear like missing, curled, or faded shingles. We consider this a “better safe than sorry” situation where, if you feel like you have damage, it’s best to get it checked out. Often repairs can prevent more significant (and therefore more costly) damage from setting in.
2) Understand the Costs Involved
Roof replacement is a significant investment, and the cost depends on several factors: the size of your roof, its pitch (steep roofs are more challenging and thus more expensive to replace), the materials chosen, and the cost of labor. We have broken down our average roof replacement costs.
Finding a reliable, licensed, and insured roofing contractor is crucial. We encourage you to get more than one estimate and make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, thoroughly looking into the reviews and qualifications of each contractor. Make sure they are familiar with the local building codes and obtain the necessary permits. If possible, sign a contract that details each aspect of the project.
When calculating total cost, you’ll want to consider the long-term, as well. Updating your roof with better materials, venting and insulation can significantly impact your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. You will also want to consider the manufacturer’s warranties on materials and the contractor’s guarantees with your long term investment.
3) Ventilation and Insulation
Proper roof ventilation and insulation is crucial to prevent heat and moisture buildup in your attic, which can lead to warped shingles, mold, and weakened roof structure. A good contractor will complete a thorough inspection inside and outside the home, and make a plan to ensure your roof has the right ventilation and insulation. Feel free to take a look at an example of ventilation gone wrong, and what we did to help:
4) Consider Timing of Your Roofing Project
Keep in mind that the weather plays a big role in roof replacement, as rain and snow can delay projects and make roofing work more dangerous. In the Midwest you’ll want to aim for late spring, summer or early fall for project completion.
Since we do have seasonal limitations on our work, it is best to schedule a contractor as soon as possible each year, as the best can experience a heavy workload in the shortened season. Being proactive in getting your project scheduled will help ensure it is done and will not have to be put off to the following year.
Keep in mind that roof replacement can also be loud and temporarily messy. Be prepared for the hammering, debris, and workers coming and going. Depending on your family’s dynamic, you may want to consider making arrangements for pets and children to stay elsewhere during the most intense parts of the project, and make sure your contractor has a plan for cleanup and debris removal.
5) Preventive Roof Maintenance is Key
After your new roof is installed, it’s not a “set it and forget it” situation. Regular inspections and maintenance can help spot minor problems before they turn into major ones, prolonging the life of your roof. Consider hiring a professional for an annual inspection.
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In conclusion, replacing a roof is a major home improvement project that requires careful planning and consideration. By knowing what to expect and how to prepare, you can help ensure a smooth process and a high-quality result.