There will be eventually leaks on our roof. Asphalt shingles could start to wrinkle, break and torn apart. The roof could eventually be affected by moisture damage. In fact, once the roof is damaged beyond repair, we will need to replace it completely. In North America, the most common type of roofing in the residential area is made from asphalt shingle. Shingles are easy to repair, require minimal maintenance and easy to install. These shingles are also fire resistant and it is a good idea to choose the UL Class A type, with the highest fire resistance rating. Asphalt shingles are also known for their visual appeal and come in a variety of styles and colors. However, we should know that how weather could shorten shingle life. Hotter climates can accelerate the rate of wear. As an example, asphalt shingles may last for 20 years in Pennsylvania, but only 12 years in Arizona.
In this case, it is important for us to choose quality roofer. When repairing or replacing roof, we should make sure that we won’t get shoddy workmanship. This will lead to expensive repairs and serious damages. New roof could be seen as a major investment and it may cost us thousands of dollars. In this case, we need to make sure that the task is completed properly. It is important for us to find contractors who have proven track record. We should ask for names and references. When contractors arrive at our location, we could start to inspect the roof for damages. In some cases, the roof need to be removed completely, but it should cost less just to install a new roof over the old one. However, we are allowed to have only two layers of asphalt shingles.
It would save us a lot of time not remove existing roof and we should consult the contractor whether it is possible to do. The old, first later of asphalt shingles will become the second layer of protection. However, any big cracks on the old layer must be repaired first, so the whole structure will be strengthened. When choosing a new layer, we should know what type of shingles that we need to use and what grade. In general, our budget should allow us to get the longest lasting and highest rated shingles. We should also manage how trash will be disposed during the renovation task. It should be defined who will be responsible for the damaged parts of the house when the renovation is performed.
In some cases, the plywood decking under the shingles must be replaced and it means that the overall costs will increase. Other components that we need to check are roof jacks and pipe boots. In some cases, they also need to be replaced. If possible, we could install soffit vents and ridge that can remove moisture build up during the winter or excessive heat during the summer. By following these tips, we should be able to cover all the bases and we can make sure that contractors are performing their tasks appropriately.
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