How do you know when to replace a roof?
Generally, if your roof is around 20 years old, it is probably nearing the end of its lifespan. There is some variation in lifespans due to the type of roofing material, sun exposure and the ventilation under the roof. It is usually more cost-effective to replace a roof before you see any signs of leakage. Weighing out the long-term cost and short-term benefits of multiple roof repairs often makes a complete roof replacement the better choice for many homeowners.
Can a new shingle roof be installed over my existing roof?
One layer of shingle roofing in decent condition may be able to sustain the installation of new asphalt shingles overtop. Two or more layers of shingles are probably not able to support new installation. Likewise, if the existing roof is badly buckled, or if there is an accumulation of moss or algae, the old roof should be removed. When the decking needs to be inspected or replaced, the existing roofing should always be removed before installing a new roofing system.
What is the replacement cost of a new roof?
The cost of residential roof installation depends on a combination of many different factors. A good example is the size and pitch of the roof as well as the roofing materials used. To help our clients to accurately weigh their options, we often provide estimates that offer more than one roofing material option.
Should I perform my own roof repair?
The roofing system is one of the most important parts of any home or building. Roofing repairs or replacements should be performed by a qualified, professional roofing contractor because they guarantee their work and have liability insurance against slips and falls. Amateur roof repair jobs of sub-standard quality can be very costly to correct. For these basic reasons, we definitely do not recommend performing your own roofing repairs.
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