When you finally find the perfect home, unaddressed repairs can be distressing. If your dream house needs a roof replacement, you’ll need to consider several options. Here’s what to know about the process.
A Guide to Roof Replacements
Can I do repairs instead of a replacement?
The difference between roof repairs and replacements will depend on the extent of the damage and the assessment of your contractor. A few missing shingles or a confined leak can potentially be solved with repairs.
However, if the damage has taken over a significant portion of the roof, or has infiltrated the lower materials (such as the synthetic roof deck material or the insulation inside your attic), the extensive repairs may cost more and prove less effective than a full replacement.
Can a new roof be installed over my old one?
There are two different types of roof replacement. In the traditional technique, the existing roof must be torn off and replaced with the new structure.
However, some modern roofing materials are lightweight enough to be installed on top of an existing roof. This is referred to as re-roofing, but it isn’t advisable for roofs with leaks, water damage, or mold growth. Also, your local municipality or homeowners association may need to approve this replacement alternative.
Can I use a different roof material?
You don’t need to stick with the same roofing material you had before. For example, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution, you could opt for asphalt shingles.
If you have a more flexible budget and are worried about maintenance and fire-resistance, you could invest in metal roofing panels, which can last for upwards of 50 years. For a more charming, old-world look, you might consider wood shake shingles, which are also excellent at locking in heat.
How do I prepare for a roof replacement?
You might want to make arrangements for small pets and children to stay elsewhere or come up with a solution to keep them confined. You should also clear a pathway for the contractors by moving your car into the garage or out on the street, and put away any lawn furniture or equipment that blocks the main entrance. If there are valuables in the attic, move them to a lower floor, and take fragile art off the walls.
When you’re ready to schedule a roof replacement for your new home, contact Cincinnati Roofing. This family-owned and -operated company has been catering to Ohio homeowners for over 60 years. They install and repair various roofing and siding materials, as well as gutters and downspouts. Visit them online to learn more about their offerings, or call (513) 484-5363 to request a free estimate.