What Should I Do Before Re-Roofing My Home?

So you’ve come to the decision that something needs to be done about that old, raggedy roof above your head that’s currently “protecting” your home.

You’ve done some research and found that re-roofing your home can be just as good as a full replacement, but it’s more cost-effective. So what’s the catch?

Before you go ahead with re-roofing your home, there are a few things you need to do first.

reroofing a home is a good option, but is it right for you?

1) Find Out if Re-Roofing is the Right Option For You

There’s a reason why expert roofers will usually recommend a complete tear off and replacement over re-roofing. A full replacement will allow the roofer to inspect the structure and sheathing underneath to make sure the roof itself is sound.

Re-roofing will simply add additional shingles without ever looking at the structure holding them up. Therefore, if you have any problems with the structure of the roof itself, you’ won’t know because you won’t have a chance to see for yourself.

However, with all of this being said, re-roofing will definitely save you the most amount of money and will be completed in a faster time frame. If it’s known that there’s no sagging, water damage, or structural problems with your roof — re-roofing is a viable and economical option.

2) Find Out if You Have Enough Ventilation

Every home needs roof ventilation in order to prevent roof damage and premature replacement. Since every home is different, your roofer should educate you on how much your home needs.

If you move ahead with the re-roofing project (or decide on a full replacement), add any additional (and necessary) roof ventilation right here and now. Adding this in later could prove to be more difficult and expensive.

3) Choose a Reliable Roofer

Make sure the roofing company you choose is certified, licensed, insured, and reputable. Roof replacements are one of the more expensive home projects and should ideally only be done once every two decades or so.

Check if the roofing company you’re choosing has any certifications or affiliations with top brands (like GAF). And more importantly, that they’re licensed and insured.

Before going ahead with re-roofing your home, make sure you double check these items first.

No matter if you want to re-roof your home or fully replace the roof, our expert installers will give their expert opinions on what the best option is for you and your home. And don’t worry — we’ll figure everything out during your FREE estimate!

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