Steps for Choosing a New Roof

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Having a new roof installed is not something you do too often. Whether you’re replacing the roof on an existing house or you’re building a brand new one, this process will only happen a few times in your life. If the average roof will last anywhere from 15 to 50 years, you should know all of the facts and how to do it the right way!

Measurement
When you purchase roofing materials you do not purchase each individual shingle. Instead, you will purchase a “square” of materials which is a 10-foot by 10-foot square of whichever material you choose from. Once your roof is measured, you will know how many “squares” to purchase.

Money
Certain roofing materials cost more money than others. Asphalt shingles are usually the least expensive because they will be effective for 10-20 years. Slate shingles and metal roofing are the most expensive options because they can last over 40 years if they are properly installed and taken care of. Also, take into consideration how many chimneys, intersecting rooflines, skylights, etc. are on the roof because this will drive up the price of installation.

Miscellaneous
Once you decide on the materials and how much you should purchase, you can focus on all of the other factors that need attention. Flashing is a major component of a roofing system and is needed to keep the roof secure from water, debris, animals, etc. This will need to be installed alongside all chimneys, skylights, and where roofing segments intersect. Before any materials are installed, the sheathing underneath the shingles should also be inspected and replaced if it has any rot or if it’s sagging.

Choosing a new roof might be something you only do a handful of times throughout your life. Do your homework and make the best decisions possible to keep your home protected and looking great. When it’s time for your home to receive a new roof, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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