Over the years, the roofing styles have changed majorly. Gone are the days when there were weak, perishing roofs that only gave high utility bills. Aging roofs can cause severe deterioration of the roof and ventilation problems in the house. Here’s what needs to be checked before a roof replacement.
Age: If it’s been around 20 years since the installation, one could probably experience its breakdown now.
Leakage: Leakage is an interior issue and is hardly noticed until one enters their attic, which is rare. Always carry a flashlight and make sure any spot with leakage isn’t missed.
Moulding: This is caused by moisture trapped between the roof tiles due to water leakage or improper water flow through the roof. It degrades the roof quality and makes it nimble, and causes serious health issues to the house members. This also enhances the growth of moss.
Aesthetics: Old roofs have their charm, but a newly installed roof could produce the same aesthetics with more safety. There are plenty of roof replacement corporations that custom build roofs keeping in mind one’s needs.
Shingles: Shingles need to be checked once in a while or after severe weather conditions to see if there are any upliftments of the tiles on the roof. These could fall over time, or the ones that are starting to granulate require changing.
Wind damage and flashing: If many materials are displaced or loose, this could expose them to corrosion and weakening, causing damage to the roof speedily.
Heavy wind flow can expose chimneys or other installations to separate from their position or break. Flashing helps in separating openings and creating a smooth water flow away from them.
Roof replacement is an extensive process. One needs to be prepared for choosing the kind of roof they require. This could be asphalt, tin, cement, wood, etc. Selecting this requires combining aesthetics with safety interests. There are many new designs of a roof, unlike the conventional ones. They could be asymmetrical roofs, gambrel roofs, gable roofs, cathedral ceilings, or flat roofs. Each type affects ventilation directly and differently. The slope of the roof largely determines the ventilation, and ignoring it is harmful.
Along with its being an ample and large-scale decision-making process, it’s also time-consuming, and it takes as long due to how carefully it’s done, so there isn’t any roof sagging, water leakage, or weak spots later on. This process is usually loud and might require moving out or having particular times when the replacement can be done. Always choose quality. The best is never too cheap. One needs to make sure the roof removal and disposal are also adequately done.
Always find out the warranty of the roof. These days, they easily extend from 30 to 50 years, and most contractors should help with any remuneration or installation within the period.
After all, this, make sure the additional attachments required for the roof are also checked out. Doing it after installation will cost a hefty amount. These different attachments could range from gutter instalment, saddle, ridge, covering drip edges, ventilation, etc. The attic also needs care, so there isn’t any heat entrapment during summers.
Lastly, one could argue re-roofing is cheaper and a more viable option than replacing it. Re-roofing would solve specific problems temporarily till it retakes place soon. A new roof rules out all that and is comparatively cheaper. It is undoubtedly more laborious and expensive, but worth it!