When homeowners think about where they want to invest their house budget, replacing a roof isn’t normally at the top of the list. Yet a roof that’s leaking or losing shingles needs to be repaired else the moisture seeping into the home can cause larger problems later.
Check out these 4 things to consider before replacing your roof.
Order An Inspection
You may have noticed a few asphalt shingles missing or some moisture pooling in the attic, but until your roof has been inspected by a professional, it’s difficult to determine whether you need to have the entire roof stripped or you just need some flashing repaired or shingles replaced. The small cost of an inspection can save you tens of thousands in unnecessary repairs.
Strip Or Layer?
Roofing code allows residences to have two layers of asphalt shingles. If you only have one, then having a second one installed is far less expensive than stripping the entire roof.
Keep in mind, however, that if there are significant problems in the underlying plywood, boards, and other materials, then you may have to strip that single layer anyway in order to replace the faulty or rotting materials.
Choose Your Roofer Wisely
Replacing a roof is one of the more expensive homeowner repairs, so take some time choosing a roofer so that you get the job done once, and done right. Ask friends, neighbors, and others who’ve had their roofs done recently for recommendations. Be wary of discount contractors who have not been in business for long. Check internet referrals and make sure the roofer you choose has worker’s compensation and liability insurance.
Sign A Contract
A professional roofer will not hesitate to put in writing the details of the job he’s doing for you. This should include the cost of labor and materials as well as the specifics of the materials themselves. This can serve as a handy reference in case you need to match shingles ten years down the road. Also make sure the roofer gets any and all building permits necessary from your township. That’s what a professional does, and it ensures that he understands the roofing code.
You can help extend the life of your roofing materials by keeping gutters clean, removing debris on the rooftop, trimming away overhanging branches, and hiring a professional Bucks County roofing contractor now and again to give your roof a good look-over.