When Do You Need to Replace Your Shingle Roof.
When Considering a New Roof, One Needs to Consider Several Factors
Ventilation – Older roofs often have issues with ventilation. Improper ventilation in an older roof, can contribute to difficulty cooling your house in the summer. It can also be an issue in the winter when it is necessary to vent fumes caused by heating.
Roof Color – The color of your roof can affect your heating and cooling bills depending on where you live. In colder climates it is better to have a darker roof. A dark Roof will absorb and retain heat. However warmer climates call for lighter colored roofs. Lighter colored roofs help reflect the sun’s rays and therefore help keep cooling costs low in the hottest months.
Do you have sagging or missing shingle? Is there discoloration in your roof? Are you experiencing leaks inside the house or discolored patches on the ceiling inside your house? If you are experiencing any of these issues, it may be time to replace your roof. Typically, a roof should be inspected every 10 years for wear and tear, and if you have an older house you may be losing money on your energy bills.
What to expect when you are having a Shingle Roof built.
You will be much better prepared to tackle your roofing project once you have a better understanding of the steps involved in installing a roof. Even a medium sized roofing project when installed by professionals might be over with in 3 to 5 days. Here are your standard steps involved in most roofing jobs:
1. The first step in a job like this is to remove the shingles and any flashing or gutters that are damaged. All the materials must be removed properly, and the area cleaned up before the new roof can be installed.
2. Next up is the process of making minor repairs to the roof and replace any damaged wood currently.
3. Another important step is the installation of Ice Dam Protection in areas where it is recommended An Ice Dam is primarily a synthetic waterproof membrane that provides protection from melting ice. The ice as it melts will often back up under the shingles and damage the integrity of the roof.
4. Next up is laying down rolled roofing or asphalt paper providing an inner barrier against moisture and the elements. The paper is overlapped to prevent moisture from getting underneath.
5. Before the shingle can be installed, the metal drip edging must be installed first. The Metal drip edge is installed over top of the asphalt paper and the ice dam.
6. Next on the list is installing the Valley flashing wherever two roof planes meet. The flashing is nailed on and then it must me caulked to seal it.
7. Finally, the shingles will be installed starting at the eaves and working upward towards the peak. The shingles are overlapped just like the asphalt paper to protect the roof from water and ice.
8. At this point flashing should be placed anywhere that the roof might leak and then sealed with caulking.
9. Once you reach the peak you need to install the ridge vent which is integral to providing an air vent for the attic as well as exhausting heat from the attic. Some older homes do not have Ridge vents. However, we recommend installing them whenever you have your roof re-done.
10. The final step is the cleaning up the mess. Also do not forget to have the roof approved by your local building inspector. This may seem like a hassle, but a good building inspector can sometimes find mistakes or defects that could cost you money down the road.
Unfortunately, the longer you own your home the more likely it is that you will eventually need to replace your roof. The best thing to do is to have your roof inspected every 5 years to look for leaks and damage. For this you will need a reliable, high-quality roofing service. Like Brazen Contracting. We have experts on hand to help guide you through the process of replacing that old roof
Since you probably have not spent much time thinking about your roof, it can be hard to know what to look for when choosing a contractor for roof replacement.
Update Your Shingles – If you have not updated your shingles in a while, you could be losing more money than you think. Outdated shingles have a lower rating, when it comes to protecting your roof against high winds up to 65 mph. By updating to a more modern shingles you can increase your roofs rating to withstand winds of up to 130 mph. The higher the shingle rating means more wind is kept out of your home, which reduces heating and cooling costs.
Another bonus to updating your roof is that a new roof also decreases the possibility of wind damage, and leaks. If you have questions about replacing or remodeling your roof, give us a call we are glad to answer any questions you might have. We can provide you with a free quote for updating your roof, just fill out the form on our quote page and we will give you a call.