As spring begins to unfold and the days warm up, you might be thinking about a maintenance project for your home. After all, it’s about time that we get our home in tip-top shape before the summer rush comes. If you live in Durham Region and you have a shingled roof, then you are in luck because we have some great roof replacement tips for you.
A new study from Community Builder indicates that more than half of homeowners in this area plan to make roof repairs or replacements as part of their spring projects. It makes sense too. As any homeowner can attest to, our homes need regular maintenance just like anything else in our lives.
The good news is that roof replacement doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive project if you know what to look for and what works best for your home. Here are some tips on how to replace your roof without breaking the bank:
Consider your roof’s age.
One of the most important things you can do when considering a new roof is to think about how old your current one is. In general, roofs should be replaced every 20-30 years and the older it gets, the more likely it is that you’ll need a replacement. Some signs that your roof may need replacing include:
- Leaking or water damage in your home’s ceilings and walls
- Roofing shingles missing or damaged by hail storms
- Cracks in tiles or siding because of shifting soil beneath them
Inspect the roof.
At the first sign of a leak, you’ll want to check your roof for damage and make sure it’s still in good shape.
You can start by reviewing the warranty on your roof. If you have a written or implied warranty on it, then it should be covered under that warranty. You might also want to contact an attorney if you suspect that the contractor who installed your roof was negligent when they did so.
If there is no written or implied warranty and your roof has never been replaced before, then they’re probably won’t be much recourse since most roofs last between 20-30 years depending on what kind of material they’re made out of (eave flashing is often considered part of this).
Work with a professional.
With a roof replacement, you need to find a professional who has experience with your type of roof. They will have the right tools for the job and be able to handle it adequately. Additionally, they should be insured and bonded to protect against damage during their work on your home or business.
You’ll also want to make sure that they have a good reputation among their peers and past clients, as well as certifications from reputable organizations such as GAF (and its subsidiary warranties) or Owens Corning (and its subsidiary warranties).
Choose the right materials.
The first step in completing a roof replacement is choosing the right materials. This includes factors like the age, location, and exposure of your home. You’ll also want to consider durability and long-lasting functions-and whether or not these materials are energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
As you’re considering what kind of material to use for your roof replacement project, think about how it will weather over time as well as any additional costs associated with maintenance or repairs later on down the road. Consider hiring an experienced contractor who can help guide you through this process so that they can recommend products that meet all of your needs while still being within budget parameters set out by yourself or others involved in this decision-making process.
Have a backup plan for when it rains.
One of the most important things to remember is that you’ll need a backup plan for when it rains. Your roof will have a lot of weight on it, and if it gets too much rain at once, your shingles may start to peel off. This could cause leaks in your home and lead to more problems than just needing a new roof.
In addition to having an emergency plan for when it rains, you should also have one in place for when it snows or when there are high winds outside. It can be dangerous if ice builds up on your roof because it can weigh down the structure of your house and cause serious damage like leaks or even collapse! And finally, make sure that if anything happens with the weather conditions where you live (like extreme heat), then prepare yourself with extra cooling systems so as not to overheat inside!
Talk to your neighbours.
Ask your neighbours if they have had roof problems. If you know someone who has had their roof replaced recently, ask them if they were happy with the job and the contractor they used. This can be a great way to get some valuable information that could help you make the right decision when it comes time to replace yours!
Make sure you plan on safety during your roof replacement
You should definitely be prepared for this project. Have a safety plan for the day: If you’re a DIY’er you want to avoid getting stuck on your roof, so make sure that you have a way down and back up again. There are many different methods people use, but having an escape route is always important!
What should a roof estimate include?
A roof estimate should include the cost of materials, the cost of labour, and a timeline for the project. The most important part of an estimate is the materials. A good roofing contractor will provide you with a detailed list of materials that they’ll be using, including:
- Underlayment (if needed)
- Ice & water shield (if needed)
- Peek insulation or spray foam insulation or both!
Some people try to negotiate the price down by offering to pay for labour only and they supply them with the materials! This can save hundreds if not thousands on a large roof-however, not too many companies will negotiate this kind of deal. Of all roof replacement tips, this might be our worse one…
Can you replace half a roof?
You can replace half a roof if you have a leak, an old roof, or a new roof. Your choice might depend on your budget and how much time you want to spend working on the house. It’s also important to note that replacing half a roof is only possible if it is covered by insurance. If this is not the case, then it may be better for you to go ahead with a full replacement instead.
How long does it take to tear off a roof?
The time it takes to tear off a roof depends on the size of your roof and the number of roofers working. On a good day, weather permitting, a roofer can average around 3 or 4 squares an hour. A crew of 5 skilled shinglers should be able to tear off and replace a 40 square roof in a day.
How to get a new roof with no money?
You may be wondering how you can get a new roof without paying for it. You don’t have to worry about money when it comes to getting a new roof because there are many ways to get the financing you need. For example, if you have good credit and an income, then getting a no money down loan will be easy even if you live in Bowmanville, Courtice, or any other part of the Durham region. In fact, C.D. Roofing works closely with EchoHome Financial for all financing requests.
What’s included in a roof replacement?
A roof replacement typically includes the removal of the old roofing materials, installation of new underlayment and shingles, and the disposal of the old roofing materials.
As you can see, a roof replacement is an involved process that requires careful planning and expert knowledge. But don’t let this discourage you! If your roof is in need of replacement, it’s best to start the process as soon as possible to avoid further damage or leaks.
When done correctly, replacing a roof will give your home added protection against weather elements for years to come. We hope that these roof replacement tips have given you some food for thought when it comes time to get started on planning for your own project.