The Basics of Roof Replacements

Understanding Roof Replacements

Replacing a home’s roof is one of the biggest and costliest home improvement project homeowners encounter. It is often not a project that is thought about until an existing roof fails, leaving homeowners pressed for time to install a roof quickly. Replacing a roof is also a project that should never be rushed or completed haphazardly.

Why is a Roof Important?

A roof is arguably the most important component of a house because it keeps water, wind, pests, and extreme temperatures outside so families can live comfortably and property remains intact. While the roof protects the inside of the home, it takes the brunt of these various elements. Over time, the roof experiences normal wear and tear and eventually needs to be replaced.

The average lifespan of a roof is 15 to 30 years depending on where you reside if ongoing maintenance was performed, and how well the roof was initially installed. One of the biggest reasons homeowners have to replace a roof early is failure to perform ongoing roof inspections and maintenance.

3 Steps to Take Before Replacing a Roof

Before hiring the first roofer to offer a quote or tackling a roof replacement on your own, consider these three steps to make sure it is completed the right way.

Understand the Work Involved

If you are considering tackling a roof replacement as a DIY project, you first need to understand the amount of work involved. A roof consists of more than choosing a shingle type. A roof replacement can also include replacing the sheath or boards under the shingles, repairing rafters or trusses, installing new flashing, updating attic ventilation, and repairing and drainage issues. There is a science behind properly installing a new roof that often makes it easier to hire a roofing professional.

Request Multiple Quotes

Request proposals from multiple local roofing companies so you can be sure you hire one that is knowledgeable, delivers a quality end product, and fits your budget. According to Angie’s List, the average cost of a roof replacement is $11,000, but prices can vary between $8,000- $20,000.

Ask Specific Questions

After reviewing multiple quotes, homeowners should take the time to interview roofing contractors. Two important questions to ask include “Will you remove the old shingles before installing new ones?” and “What type of warranty is included?” It is critical that old shingles be removed before installing new ones. It is also important that a roofing company backs their work with some form of warranty.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. is locally owned and operated out of Hanover PA. Contact us for a roof replacement quote today.