When it comes to home maintenance and repairs, the roof is usually top of many homeowner’s to-do list. So, if you’re planning on a roof replacement or repair, here’s what you need to know.
The Basic Materials
The roofing material you choose will depend on where you live and your taste. The angle of the roof affects the type of shingles you can use, too.
- Asphalt composition shingles – easy to get hold off and cheap, this material gives a rather flat appearance.
- Slate roofing – extremely attractive, yet slippery, but a high-end option.
- Wood shake – an attractive shingle, but costly
- Rubber slate – cost-effective, re-purposed synthetics that is popular with homeowners.
Should You Remove Shingles or lay the new Roof Over Top?
This will depend on three factors:
- Weight – experts argue that laying additional layers of shingles can be too heavy for the underlying framing. This can lead to structural issues.
- Telegraphing – if you shingle over existing shingles, you risk repeating surface irregularities that are already there. To minimize this, go over the old roof and correct any bumps and bubbles before laying shingles.
- Less work and reduced waste – stripping off your current layer and laying a new layer makes for more work. That’s no problem for the pros, but it’s rough if you’re going the DIY route.
The Best Season for Re-roofing
A professional roofing team can get your roof done in no time at all. Best of all, they know the perfect conditions for replacing or repairing a roof. Typically, the best time to lay or repair a roof is between late Spring and early Autumn. Partially installed areas have to be completely dry before the covering layers can be installed. The trick to having the perfect roof is to hire reputable contractors who can work quickly and cleanly, and who will take full advantage of the dry seasons to replace or repair your roof.
The Basic Roofing Process
It is important to understand that “square” in relation to roofing refers to 100 square feet. One of the reasons roofers speak in squares is because they deal with massive quantities of materials and it is just pointless to discuss things in terms of smaller units.
For instance, shingles come in bundles, and about four bundles comprise one square.
Here’s what you need to know about the roofing process:
- A moderately-sized roofing job can take just 3 or 4 days.
- First, existing shingles are removed and deposited in a roll-off for removal.
- A roof that is in good condition may only require minor repairs. If not, bad wood will be replaced with plywood.
- Ice dam protection should be installed as a barrier to prevent backed-up ice gathering in the gutters. If left, the ice will melt and permeate under your shingles, causing extensive damage to the house.
- Asphalt paper should be laid down.
- Singles can then be applied by starting at the eaves and working up.
- Flashing is then applied to all areas where leaks could come into the house, such as against the stack vents and chimney.
- Finally, the ridge vent is installed.
Taking all this into consideration will go a long way in saving costs now, and down the road. Insuring the structural integrity of your home as well as making sure your roof is water proof should be two of the most important aspects to consider. If your in doubt, it’s always cheaper to get an expert opinion on the matter.
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