Replacing your roof is a BIG decision. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a decision that cannot be avoided. When a roof replacement is necessary, you want to make sure everything is done right. This will go a long way in ensuring you do not have issues down the road. Here are five tips to making sure your roof replacement project goes off without a hitch.
1. Avoid roof overs.
In years past, it was common to install a new layer of shingles right over the existing layer. This has proven to be a bad decision. Overlaying a new layer of shingles makes it nearly impossible to detect issues below the original shingles. This will only lead to increased issues with repairing leaks down the road. The additional weight of the second layer of shingles is not ideal for your roof either. Additionally, it could impact your new shingles’ longevity as they cannot lay flat against the roof decking. There will be additional fees for removal of your current shingles, but in the long run, it will be worth it.
2. Don’t skimp on the extras.
There’s so much more to a roof barrier than just shingles. You also need a solid underlayment, properly installed flashing in valleys and around chimneys, and drip edges all the way around. You may also consider replacing guttering during this project, in which case you will want to make sure your fascia and soffit are in good condition. The bottom line, don’t go cheap. Make certain you go with quality items so the entire package lasts for years to come.
3. Inspect the roof deck.
A qualified local contractor will know exactly what to look for when it comes to your roof deck (or underlayment). They will likely find some area of your roof that could use a little work. This is why it is important to do a total shingle removal so the deck can be properly inspected. Bad sections can be replaced, and your new shingles can be installed on a solid surface.
4. Don’t forget attic ventilation.
People often forget their attic as it is an area not much time is spent in. It is essential that you properly ventilate your attic. Proper ventilation will reduce the temperature buildup under your shingles. Shingles subject to excessive heating will be impacted greatly.
5. Pick the right contractor.
Not every roofing contractor is the same. Seek out a few quotes from locally established roofing companies. Ask around to neighbors and family members who they may have used for a recent roof replacement and how their experience was. Check company reviews online. When you narrow your choices down, ask to see proof of insurance. Most of all, take your time and don’t make a hasty decision. Save yourself the money and headaches down the road. Following these five roof replacement tips for Spring Grove homeowners will ensure you of a hassle-free job. If you are in the market for a roof replacement, give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call and find out why so many have chosen us for their roof replacement.