If your roof is in need of repair or you simply want to give your roof a new face lift, you may be thinking about roof replacement or even roof repair. Whether you are contemplating a complete roof replacement or roof repair, there are some things you should know before making a final decision. Roof replacement is an extremely expensive undertaking and can even end up costing more than doing a roof repair. Here are some important things you should consider before choosing whether or not to have a roof replacement job done:
* Whether or not you need a roof replacement depends on whether or not your roof is better or worse than it was when you first purchased it. However, there is always a chance that a newer roof will perform better than an older one. However, an equally important question when replacing a roof is whether or not you should opt for a new roof repair. Sometimes, having only two layers of roofing tiles installed already rules out roof repair because of building codes.
* When you hire a roof replacement contractor, you are usually hiring a crew which includes a plumber and an erector as part of the crew. Some roofers work alone and are self-employed, but if you choose a good company and pay your contractor accordingly, you can usually rest assured that someone will be there on the roof making sure everything gets done right. This will help you relax and know that your job is in good hands. However, it can also be an issue if you work alone and don’t have a reliable company. In these cases, you can simply ask your contractor whether or not he has someone on hand that can assist in case of an emergency such as a pipe leak or a broken vent.
* A lot of people think that it takes only five years for a roof replacement to do the job. This, however, isn’t true. Although it is certainly true that it can take longer for a roof replaced with new ones to reach its full potential, you can make things go more quickly by choosing a quality roofing contractor. They can also help cut down on the amount of time needed for the roof replacement to reach its full potential.
* If you want to save money, you can always try a do-it-yourself approach and simply replace the shingles on your roof. However, many roof replacement companies prefer to use an installed deck instead. A properly installed deck will have fewer seams than felt paper roofing, which means less seams to be sewn together. This cuts down on the amount of time it takes to install the roof replacement as well. However, many layers of felt paper may still need to be installed along with the deck so make sure you ask your contractor if this is necessary.
In summary, although many roof replacements do not require replacing all of the shingles, a good quality one layer roof replacement with an installed felt paper deck can be much quicker and easier. You can often choose an installed versus a do-it-yourself roof replacement if you want to cut down on the amount of time needed. Also, a good quality contractor will definitely suggest installing a roof deck to reduce the number of seams in the roof.