You know the importance of your roof. It’s not just a cap for your house, keeping the rain away – although that’s an important function. The roof is an integral part of your house’s building envelope, which affects your utility bills. It also comprises a large portion of your home’s façade.
Facing the need for a roof replacement may seem daunting. After all, home remodels do require time and money. However, the long-term benefits of a roof replacement typically outweigh the costs. Here are three tips as you approach a roof replacement.
Inspect the Roof
The first step to any remodeling job is an inspection. You may be so used to seeing your roof as just another part of your house that you haven’t taken in any potential issues. Naturally, the first step is to walk around the house itself with your eyes trained up.
Don’t stop there, though. Better Homes and Gardens recommends finding a safe vantage point and using binoculars to inspect your roof. You may be able to do this from your yard, but you may need to ask the neighbors’ help.
Finally, also inspect the rooms just under the roof. The framework that supports the roofing material can be an issue, too.
Decide on Roof Replacement
If you have an asphalt roof that’s 20 or more years old, you almost don’t have to do a roof inspection. That’s the lifespan of typical asphalt shingles, so replacing the roof is in your near future.
However, there are important signs that you should be looking for during your inspection. Concerning the shingles, curling and buckling are signs that they’re failing. Take a look in your gutter – granules from the shingles are another sign that they’re deteriorating.
Pay special attention to any valleys in your roof. It’s essential that the shingles be in good repair in the valleys because that’s where snow, rain and ice accumulate. However, because the shingles get more abuse here, they’re also more likely to fail. Missing shingles here or anywhere are another issue.
When you do your interior inspection, watch for signs that water has been getting in. This includes discoloration of the ceiling, walls and baseboards as well as buckling paint or warping wood. Seeing daylight through the roof is also a bad sign.
Any of the above issues signify you probably need to replace your roof.
Consider Material Upgrades
Most homeowners go straight for standard asphalt shingles when it’s time for a roof replacement. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but you have some options for upgrading the material of your roof that don’t include going for über-expensive slate or high-maintenance wood.
The most common choice is opting for an asphalt upgrade. This could be as simple as choosing the higher grade of shingles that can last up to 50 years.
However, some homeowners are opting for architectural asphalt shingles. These consist of a fiberglass base with two layers of asphalt- and ceramic-coated mineral granules. They carry more visual weight than traditional asphalt because they offer a three-dimensional profile. You can also choose different shapes, such as scalloped, to complement your house’s style.
Architectural shingles can also resemble different materials such as the above-mentioned slate and cedar. So if you have an historic-style home that would normally call for expensive slate, consider the asphalt alternative. These architectural shingles are also a good way to emulate the look of wooden shakes without the need for water- and fire-proofing them regularly.
Composite shingles are another good way to mimic those materials without the expense and hassle. Some even offer better energy efficiency, while others are made of eco-friendly materials.
Don’t despair if you’re having roofing problems. You may need a new roof, and that is an investment, but it’s one that will beautify your house and even improve its energy efficiency. Visit Patriot Construction for advice on your roof remodeling project.