What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

There are several situations that may call for a residential roofing replacement, each with different causes that can lead to different levels of damage. If your roof is getting up there in age, let’s say between 20 to 25 years, which is the expected lifespan of most roofing systems, it is more susceptible to suffer damage that will require it to be replaced. If you spot signs of damage, excessive wear and tear or notice any water coming in from your roof, it is probably time to start planning for a roof replacement. Before you sign on the dotted line with a contractor to have your roof replaced, there are several things you should consider, below we outline 5 of these items.

1. Is repair an option

Before you make your decision to replace your roof, have a qualified roofing contractor inspect your roof to rule out repair as an option. If the damage to your roof is located in one small area that can be repaired, it could save you thousands in the short term. Of course, a replacement will still be needed down the road,  but you may be able to get a few more years out of your existing roof. If the damage is too wide spread or the repair cost is more than half or the replacement cost, invest in a replacement roof and get peace of mind as well.

2. Choosing the right material

One of the most important decisions, and one of the more time-consuming decisions of any roof replacement is what material top use for your new roofing system. There are several factors that need to be considered when choosing between the various material options such as durability, aesthetics, longevity, cost, installation process and time lines.  

3. Have your sheathing inspected

Once the contractor has removed your old roofing, make sure to have them inspect your sheathing (the plywood that your roofing material is affixed to) to ensure it is in good condition and that there is no rotting. If you have experienced damages like leaking our water seeping under your old roofing, then it is important to know that the plywood base supporting your roofing material is still in good condition. If they find any issues with the sheathing or frame, be sure to have it repaired before the new roofing is installed.

4. Hire the right roofing contractor

There are plenty of roofing contractors offering their services, but you need to be confident in their abilities before hiring a contractor for your roof replacement. Before deciding on a roofing company, be sure to do your due diligence and spend some time researching the company.  Ask about their experience with residential roofing and what materials they are proficient in installing, especially if you are interested in a metal roof as many roofing companies don’t work with metal roofing. Ask for to see photos of previous jobs and even to be taken to see previous jobs.

5. Warranties

Having a warranty on your new roof is great, but understanding what your warranty covers and getting that in writing is key. In most cases, the manufacturers will not honour their warranty unless the roof is installed by a certified roofing contractor, and even when their warranty is valid it only covers material. So, make sure your contractor offers both a material and labour warranty.

Bonus Tip: Cleanup is important

When your old roofing is stripped off, there is a possibility that hundreds of nails can fall off onto your driveway and yard. Needless to say, if these nails are not cleaned up properly they can lead to damage and injury. Experienced residential roofing contractors use a large, high powered magnet on wheels to pick up all of the fallen nails. If your roofing company doesn’t bring it along for the installation, you should ask them how do they plan on picking up all of the fallen nails? Complete a walk around to confirm all of the nails have been picked up.

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