In the past two weeks, we have looked at the preventative and curative functions of roofing services. Since your roof’s health is essential to your home’s functionality, you need to really understand these two functions. Today, we are looking at the rehabilitative aspect of a roof contractor’s work and how it can literally take your roof from dying to getting a fresh lease of life.
Rehabilitative roofing practices include roof replacement. This may be necessitated following a storm or other extreme weather conditions if the damage is too extensive. The following post describes what you should consider before settling for a roof replacement:
Important Things to Know Before Replacing Your Home Roof
Even though you may not have ever really thought about it, the roof is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of your house, keeping you safe and dry. Depending on the age of your home, the roofing materials used, and the weather conditions, your roof may need to be replaced at least once in your lifetime. Since it is fairly expensive, you need to get it right the first time to avoid recurring headaches due to a troublesome roof. The main considerations:
Getting the Right Roofer
Because new roof installation is not a very frequent affair, there are quite a few roofers who don’t worry about getting repeat business and tend to rip off customers.
Roof replacement in some cases may end up being cheaper than having troublesome and constant repairs in the long run. The best thing about it is that when done properly, you won’t have to worry about another replacement for the next 2-3 decades.
It is important to make the most of your roof replacement by ensuring that all parts of the roof are in good condition, as the following post describes:
Case Studies: The Importance Of A Chimney Inspection At The Time Of Roof Replacement
Your home’s chimney set is at the highest point of your home, which makes it very vulnerable to damage. It is always a good idea to have your chimney inspected when you have your roof replaced. In this situation, when we were performing a routine inspection on this home we noticed rotting issues with the siding.
It was also observed that the chimney chase contained no subsiding sheathing such as plywood or OSB. The framing members were also found to be improper for the height of the chimney.
Your entire roof will be in the best condition when it is given such a makeover, which also means it will serve you better. Ask your roofing contractor to check that all the parts of your roof are okay.
Roof replacement can literally get rid of all your headaches with roofing issues. However, because the work is so extensive, the cost can be quite high. That is why the woman in the following story was overwhelmed with gratitude when her roof was replaced at no cost:
Volunteer crew replaces leaky Sumner roof for free
As the afternoon sky spat snow Saturday, a crowd of more than 20 workers scampered across the top of Jamie Knoblauch’s Sumner house to do the years-overdue work of putting down a new roof.
Not one of them was paid to be there.
“It’s kind of like a Christmas miracle,” said Knoblauch, who had watched rainwater push mold and rot through her house’s ceilings and floorboards for months. “Like my own Christmas miracle.”
Knoblauch, a divorced mother of two young girls, watched the volunteer construction crew convene on her house this weekend starting in early Saturday’s bitter cold. With so many workers, they expect to have the roof done by Sunday evening.
There are so many benefits packed into a roof replacement, but you really don’t want to wait for the cold season to get it done. Make your plans early, and be sure to work with a professional roofer for the best results.