When you’re a first time homeowner or someone who has no experience on knowing certain things about their home, choosing the best roofing product can certainly be hard. However, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
When choosing the right product, you should keep in mind a couple of things: what’s best for you home, the weather, and having the opinion of a professional.
Pay attention to your roof
Before you risk life and limb on a ladder, we recommend you stay at ground level and use binoculars to spot cracked, curled, or missing shingles—often signs that your roof is in need of repair or replacement. Or if you have a visible damage, it’s time you start calling some professionals to recommend you some products. They are trained to assess damage and make recommendations on materials, and they’re equipped with proper safety gear.
In addition to examining the shingles, make sure to check the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys, as well as the rubber boots around vents for cracks.
Time to make a decision
Layering Twice is Not so Nice
If you need a new roof, and two layers of roofing are already in place, building codes require stripping the roofing down to the sheathing. Most homes are strong enough to support two layers of roofing, but installing some of the heavier laminated shingles over even a single layer may overstress rafters and other structural parts of your home.
To estimate how much roofing you’ll need, you’ll need to contact a professional who will give you the most accurate pricing depending on your roof. Trying to decipher how much you’ll spend on your new roof can be hard, especially if you don’t know how much the roofing company sells it for.
Watch the Warranty
A full warranty covers replacement of defective materials, while a materials warranty offers prorated coverage. Most warranties include full reimbursement for materials and installation for a limited time—up to 10 years for asphalt shingles and 50 years for fake slate and steel roofing. Generally, none of the warranties cover damage from winds above 85 mph. Nor do they cover faulty installation; ask for a separate labor warranty from the installer. Save all receipts and invoices.