Roof Replacement: It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Choosing a roofing contractor can be a difficult and frustrating experience. Home improvements are essential to preserve the home’s integrity and increase its resale value. You may not be ready to sell today or tomorrow, but if you start early and maintain the home, you will not have a laundry list of “honey-do” tasks when you do plan to sell and move.Learn more about us at Peabody Roofer

Roofing contractors are not inexpensive. Your roof is a critical structural component of your home and defence. Roofing contractors should be bonded and covered so that you are not held liable for any damages to the property or to the staff if anyone falls or is injured on the job. Contractors can also provide you with a written promise of their work as well as references to verify before the work begins.

Working with a contractor is also a great time to think about one or two other small roof jobs that will improve the appearance of your house, increase curb appeal, reduce leakage issues down the road, and extend the life of your roof.

When replacing a roof, it’s a smart idea to replace the valley and eaves flashing as well. Your contractor will include these replacements in the price of the new roof, but some do not if they believe you are trying to save money. However, replacing the flashing when a new roof is built is the simplest and most cost-effective choice. Flashing is a material, typically galvanised steel or aluminium, that is used to prevent leakage and damage to the roof’s joints and walls. Most roofers can cut their own flashing on the job, but home improvement stores often sell preformed and cut flashing.

Request that the contractor aim the pipe boots or the water jack away from any gas vents or pipes that protrude from the roof when they are on the roof. Another critical part of keeping a roof in good condition is attic ventilation. In the summer, poor air flow in the attic will heat the air to over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The change in temperature between summer and winter causes condensation on the underside of the roof sheathing, which starts the rotting process.

The sheathing rots, reducing the roof’s integrity and weakening the structure. Request that the contractor instal ridge and soffit vents in the attic to allow for air ventilation and to mitigate these problems.