Are you in the market for a new roof — or at least inquiring for the near future? When you decide to replace your home’s roof, there’s some key information you should know. Otherwise, you could end up with a new roof that you will have to replace again down the road sooner rather than later.
A Roof is a System
Many people think that a roof is made up of roofing shingles and that’s it. While shingles are a big part of the roof, there are more layers and pieces that make up a roofing system. You can’t leave out the decking, sheathing, flashing, vents, gutters, and other forms of leak barriers. All of these pieces work together to make sure the roof can protect your home for as long as possible.
Re-Roofing vs Full Replacement
As long as there’s only one layer of shingles currently installed on the roof, it’s possible to have your home re-roofed. This means that another layer of shingles can be installed over the existing ones to prevent full removal. While this is the faster and less expensive option, it does prevent you from having any damaged flashing, sheathing, and decking replaced. To ensure you get the best roof possible for your home, opt for the full replacement.
Does your existing roof and attic have an adequate amount of ventilation — or any at all? Ridge and soffit vents can help remove extremely hot and humid air from within the attic, underneath the roof. By removing this hot air from your attic, the roof itself will last measurably longer while also saving you money on your monthly energy bills.
Replacing the roof on your home isn’t something that happens all too often, but when it does, you should brush up on some key information. When you need roof repair or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.