Home Improvement

Roofs: More than Just the Beauty of a Home

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The roof unarguably, is one of the most important components of a home. Roofs act as a shield, protecting your home against weather hazards plus general wear and tear. On a daily basis, as it performs its primary task, it’s exposed to harsh weather and other hazards that expose it to damage and deterioration.

After many years of putting up with these adverse conditions, possibly with some repairs done every now and again, it will get to a point where it will require very serious attention. The cost of carrying out a suitable repair job will become difficult, if not impossible to justify. The reasonable thing to do at this point will simply be to install a new roofs.

If you’ve looked at the state and age of your present roof and have decided that it’s time to install a new one, you need to understand that it is a very important process and one that should be taken very seriously.

The reason for this is simple. If your new roof is poorly installed, a new shingle, which should usually last anywhere from 25 to about 33 years, could warp or begin to leak after just a few months after installation. You can learn more here about how long you can expect your roof to last. 

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Installing a New Roof

Having decided to install a new roof, there are a number of things you should be aware of before proceeding. This will help you to know exactly what you are getting into and also ensure that you get a good job done.

Let’s get started!

Evaluation

Before you even begin to consider a replacement roof, you should be able to professionally determine the extent of deterioration so as to be sure that what you really need is a full replacement. Since you are not likely going to be able to carry out this evaluation yourself, it may be in your best interest to get a professional to help you with this process.

Determine Cost

Following the evaluation process above, you should at the end of it have an idea of what the project will cost you. There are a number of things that can affect the cost of roofs and installation. You can find some of these below. 

Factors that Affect the Cost of a New Roof Installation

Here are some factors that will affect the cost of a new roof and its installation.

Size of Area to be Roofed

Understandably, the size of the area to be covered will also determine how much materials will be required. The larger the area, the more you will certainly have to spend.

Type and Quality of Roofing Material

There are different types and quality of roofing materials. The type you choose will determine how much you will spend.

Existing Roof to be Removed

To change the roof, the existing one will have to be removed. The ease with which it can be removed will depend on the type of roof it is and this will of course impact on your cost.

Type of Roof Design

The design of roofs can either make the work easier of more difficult. This naturally will also affect your cost.

There are a few other factors you will need to look at but the above are the major ones.

Choosing the Right Professional

To get the job done and done right, you need not just a qualified roofer, but the right kind. You can find out about the different types of roofers here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roofer.

Once you have identified the kind of roofer you need, you should ensure you find a qualified one. To help you achieve this, follow the following guidelines:

  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  • Should you fail to get any recommendations from friends and family, search online for suitable candidates and companies.
  • Investigate the candidates you found online. Look for reviews on their performances given by past customers. Ensure you go for independent reviews.
  • Contact your shortlisted candidates for evaluation and quotes.

Make your final decision after going through all of the above.

The need for shelter and a decent home cannot be over emphasized. Since a shelter cannot be said to be complete without a roof, and a good one at that, you should do everything within your power to ensure yours is in the best of shape.

 

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