There are many benefits to replacing your roof as opposed to repairing it. A newly replaced roof makes your home safer, better looking, and more valuable. During the replacement process, you can take this opportunity to upgrade the roof. You can make your roof better looking, longer lasting, more energy efficient, and you can even make it less of a burden when it comes to maintenance. Use these four tips to get a much better roof than any typical replacement project.
1. Remove all traces of the old roof.
One of the most important choices you will make during the roof replacement project is whether to completely tear off the old roof or to simply roof over it. It will certainly cost you less to roof over the old shingles, but that may not be the best option for your house. Since new shingles hold on to bare decking far better than they do to other shingles, the new roof would be more vulnerable to wind and rain damage. Spending more to completely re-roof now will likely save you from having to repair damaged shingles too soon.
2. Install ice shielding.
Roofs in icy climates are prone to collect ice underneath the shingles near the eaves, due to refreezing snow-melt. By installing ice shielding between the decking and the new shingles, you will help to keep moisture out of that vulnerable part of the roof.
3. Choose self-maintaining gutters.
Choosing vinyl or PVC-pipe gutters will certainly last longer than metal ones, but you would still have to occasionally remove leaves and dirt in order to keep them flowing free. There are, however, low-maintenance gutters that prevent such things from getting in, leaving water to drain freely. Every minute spent not cleaning out leaves from the gutters, you will thank yourself for choosing this option.
4. Be creative.
You need not feel obligated to use materials of the same color or composition as those they replace. Now is a great time to replace your roof because there are so many other options when it comes to roofing materials. If you've always wanted a slate roof but never had the money for quarrying and installing this premium stone, you can install a very convincing composite material at a fraction of the price.
No one likes to worry that their house is soon to spring a leak, or that heating and air conditioning is costing far more than it should. By using the four tips described here, you will make the most of the rare opportunity to replace your roof.
For more information about roofing replacement, contact a company like Classic Remodeling Corporation.
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