What You Must Know About Roof Replacement
Your roof is one of the most important structures of your property, so you need to ensure it is looked after well. Inevitably after a period of time, due to wear and tear you will need to consider either repairing or replacing your roof, which will mean looking for a local contractor who specialise in roof replacement in Scranton or nearby. But how do you know if you need a complete roof replacement or just a smaller repair job?
In some cases, it’s quite evident when you need a full replacement. For example if your roof has sustained some catastrophic storm damage, and there’s a great big hole ripped all the way through it and the damage is extensive, you will need a full replacement. On the other hand, if you notice a few shingles missing or if your attic is leaking, then it may not be as clear as to whether a simple repair job is required or the entire structure needs to be inspected and a possible reroof required.
If you notice large damp spots in your ceiling, or you notice your roof leaking in certain areas, then further investigation will need to be carried out to determine the extent of the damage. If it’s determined that the leak is caused but a small area of damage, or there are a few missing shingles etc, then you may get away with simply repairing the damaged area. Bear in mind that you need to consider both the age of the roof and the extent of the problem you’re experiencing. Taking these factors into consideration will help you determine which course of action to take.
It really comes down to the extent of the damage that will help determine which job needs to be carried out and you’d be highly advised to consider the services of a local roofing contractor to carry out a full inspection. If your roof is coming to the end of its lifespan, then it’s not worth simply patching it up, instead it would be advisable to completely replace it.
How Much Will A New Roof Cost?
Firstly, you need to look around and find a roofing contractor you can trust. One who is reliable, trustworthy and has the necessary experience to provide the quality of work you’re looking for. The Internet is a great way of achieving this. You can browse a contractor’s website and gauge the level of their experience.
The actual cost depends on a number of various factors and therefore it’s very difficult to give you an exact figure as an estimate will vary considerably from house-to-house. Some of the factors which help determine the cost of the project include the size of the roof, the area you’re located in, the type of material being used and the ease of accessibility to your property. For example, if you happen to live in a two-storey property, it’s likely going to cost you more to carry out a replacement than for a single storey property.
Material costs vary according to the type of material you’re using. The vast majority of properties use asphalt shingles, although metal is becoming increasingly popular. Shingles come in a wide range of styles and are produced by a range of manufacturers, Each with its own cost and warranty.
Depending on the structure of your property, you may also require flashing which prevents water from seeping underneath the shingles which is extremely important to help avoid any damage to the structure. Flashing is typically made from aluminium or steel which is galvanized.
Added to this, a layer of further protection called underlayment is always required for every roof installation. It’s also referred to as felt paper and is essential for waterproofing your roof.
These are just some of the items you are likely to notice added to the estimate you receive from your roofing contractor.
Are There Any Warranties?
You should also take into consideration the warranties that are offered on the materials used. A warranty will only cover the replacement of material if it fails under normal circumstances. Usually this warranty will cover the replacement cost but not the labour costs.
Some contractors will also offer a guarantee on the work that they’ve carried out, so make a note of how long this guarantee covers you for.
Call Us Today For Advice And A Free Estimate
If you’d like any further advice or information on replacing your roof, please give us a call on (570) 354-0422 and we’ll do our very best to help you in every way we can.
We are roofing experts and pride ourselves on providing the very best roof replacement in Scranton PA and the surrounding area. We have many customers who are very happy with their new roof.