What You Should Know Before Replacing Your Roof

No matter how much maintenance you provide to your roof, eventually it’s going to need replacement. A full roof replacement is a big investment, but it’s one that is worth your time and money as it will protect the house and increase its value. Before you hand over your money to a contractor, make sure you know a few things first.

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Out With the Old

Roofs with asphalt shingles are allowed to have another layer installed directly on top, which can saving you money in removal costs. While this might seem great, the roofer won’t be able to inspect any sheathing or flashing underneath the old shingles. If you want your roof fully repaired before installing new shingles (or if you already have two layers installed), remove the old shingles and start anew.

Choose Quality Materials

Replacing a roof is a big expense, even when you use cost-effective materials. For those who want to increase the longevity of their roof, consider choosing materials that will stand the test of time. One of the best roofing materials you can buy are slate shingles, these can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years (as long as regular maintenance is performed). As for your flashing, copper is the best material to choose as it is the most durable. When it comes to your roofing materials, what you pay for is what you get!

Get the Fairest Quote

Many homeowners will see an attractive price and think this is the best deal on the market. However, this price is almost always low because the company is using low-wage workers. A worker not making the industry average or higher will translate to a less than satisfactory installation. While you do one to receive a relatively low quote, you must take into account the expertise of the installers. The best deal might not always be the cheapest price.

Replacing your roof is not a decision that you make often, but when you do — make sure you’ve covered all of your bases. When it comes time for you to replace your 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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