3 Things to Know About Replacing Your Roof

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If your roof is reaching the end of its life, you are going to need to have a new roof installed. When you have a new roof installed, you can choose to do an overlay or a teardown. You can also choose to change the roofing material on your home and the look of your roof when you have it replaced. The cost and ability to fix your roof may vary greatly based on the time of year.

1. Overlay or Teardown

When it comes to replacing your roof, you have two different options.

If you have a shingle roof, you can overlay the roof. With an overlay, another layer of shingles is placed on top of your current layer of shingles. This can save you a lot of money, as you don't have to pay for the labor to take the current shingles off your roof and you don't have to pay for underlayment and other necessary roofing materials. However, overlays do not generally last as long as tearing off your roof and installing a new layer of shingles.

With a teardown, all of the shingles and underlayment are removed from your roof. This exposes the decking under your roof and allows you the ability to check out the roof decking and determine if any of the decking needs to be removed as well. With a teardown, any damaged decking is replaced and an entirely new roof is laid down.

2. Change Roofing Materials

Just because your roof was made out of one material in the past doesn't mean that it can't be changed. When your roof reaches the end of its life, you have an opportunity to change the roofing material.

If you don't want to go with shingles anymore, you can change to a metal roof or a tile roof. For example, if you want a roofing material that is fire-resistant and long-lasting, you may want to go with a metal roof. Or if you want a roofing material that is easy to take care of, you may want to go with a foam roof.

3. Price Dictated by Time of Year

The overall price and ease of installing your roof may vary based on the time of year. If you want to have a roof installed in late summer, you may have a difficult time finding a contractor. Roof installers' busy season tends to be summer to early fall, when the weather is nice outside. If you want to have your roof replaced this summer, it is best to schedule a roof replacement as soon as possible as demand can be high in the summer and fall months.

​Contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible to schedule your roof replacement.

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17 April 2018

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