Roof replacement is a costly investment. On average, homeowners spend between $4,761 and $9,314 installing a new roof. With this in mind, there is no secret you will want to make sure the entire process goes smoothly. Here are things homeowners need to know when getting a new roof.
The different types of roofing materials
Roofing contractors introduce different roofing materials all the time. In addition to the typical asphalt shingles, there are also slate, metal and composite materials that will boost the performance of your roof. Materials can be costly, so make sure to figure out if they fit within your budget before committing to the contractor and project.
You can have some flexibility
If you already have asphalt shingles, you may be able to layer your new roofing materials over the old ones. This will save money on installation costs and can provide a bit more insulation to your home. However, this will depend on a few things, such as the pitch of your roof, whether or not your roof can support the additional weight and if the sheathing is in good condition. Reroofing can save money, however, it can also pose challenges for future roof repairs, so make sure this is a viable option.
The home’s gutters may be compromised
The gutters are attached to the roof, so if they are compromised, you may have to remove them and invest in complete new gutter replacement, along with a new roof. This can add to your budget, so make sure you consider this before committing to a full roof replacement.
Water damage gets in the way
Typical asphalt roofs are lined with plywood as a way to protect against rain and high winds. Roofing contractors will give you an estimate on how many pieces of plywood they can expect to replace, but if you have extensive water damage this amount will increase rapidly. However, you will not know what to expect until the roofing replacement is underway, so make sure you have extra money in your budget in case there is extensive water damage.
With these four roofing tips in mind, you will be on your way to getting your new roof installed without a hitch!