4 Things To Know Before Roof Replacement

After careful consideration and consultation, you have decided to replace your roof instead of conducting repair works. However, before you order materials and begin working on your roof, here are several things to note. 

Material Selection 

You can select metal roofing, asphalt shingles, or any other roofing material. You can decide to use metal or timber trusses. It all depends on your roofing budget. However, since this is a roof replacement, you're looking for materials that will last long. 

This is why you need to involve roofing contractors in the conception stage. They'll recommend roofing materials based on your budget and lifespan. If you intend to add solar panels to your roof, be sure to mention it in your discussions. This ensures you select roofing materials that can support the additional weight. 

Roof Dimensions

You'll need to know the pitch of your roof to help the contractor determine whether your roof is easily accessible or not. High-pitched roofs are harder to access; thus, you require safety equipment to access them. 

Building Codes 

If you intend to lay another layer of shingles on your roof, check if the building codes allow layering. Also, check if your current roof has another layer of shingles. Typically, building codes will allow layering, but limit it to two layers. 

If your roof has two layers, you'll need to peel off the old layer before you can add another layer. Also, ask your contractor whether reroofing is better than replacement. If you're only looking to add an additional layer of protection, reroofing is ideal. 

However, before you settle for reroofing over roof replacement, allow the roofing company to conduct an inspection. The company will detail its findings in a report and recommend whether your roof needs a replacement or a reroof. Also, keep in mind you can only layer on shingles. If your roof is made of wood or slate tiles, you'll need to replace it. 

DIY vs. Roofing Contractors 

If you have the tools and the experience, it's logical that you would want to do it yourself. While this might help save some cash, you might want to calculate whether it's worth it. If you opt to DIY, it will take longer to complete the construction process and might end up with a leaking roof. 

You can avoid these hiccups by working with a professional roofing contractor who will complete the project on time and offer warranties. In case your roof begins to leak, the company will offer assistance and help with maintenance.