It is fairly simple to say that the roof is an important part of your exterior. But do you know exactly why it is an important feature as well as a large investment for your home?
The Importance of a Functional Roofing System
First off, a roof that is in good condition serves as an effective barrier against harsh elements, such as piles of snow, sharp hailstones, heavy rainfall, fallen tree branches and other debris. If your roof is suffering from old age or poor maintenance, your home may experience structural damage and other persistent problems that may be too costly to repair in the near future.
For example, if your flashing has been warped out of shape by constant changes in temperature, the small gaps it will leave in the roof can be an entry point for water infiltration. It is only a matter of time until mold and mildew develop in the attic, and wooden components in your roofing system start to rot.
In addition, a good roof enhances the architectural look of your home, improving its curb appeal – a key factor in home value. If your roof is full of moss and algae or sagging areas, it will send a signal that your home has not been kept in an appropriate condition for quite some time and may likely need extensive roof repair services. If your roof has no issues, a potential buyer may assume that the rest of the house has also been treated with the utmost care. This can also translate into higher prices in the event you sell your home.
Choosing the Right Material for Your Roof
A new roof is a big investment. You need to make important decisions to find the roofing system that can perform well under stressful conditions and look visually appealing. There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system, including cost, durability, energy efficiency and style. Here is a list of popular roofing systems to consider for your next reroofing job:
1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America because they are fairly easy to install and relatively inexpensive. If properly installed and maintained, this roofing type is expected to last for a couple of decades. Make sure to consider impact-resistant shingles if you live in an area prone to hailstorms.
2. Metal roofing: Metal roofing can come in vertical panels or shingles that resemble slate, tile or shake. Metal is your go-to option if you want a roof that excels at shedding off heavy snow and rain. It is lightweight and can withstand high winds. It normally lasts about 60 years. The average cost of metal roofing depends on the type of metal used, ranging between $5 and $12 per square foot. It is usually priced higher than asphalt, but less than concrete tiles.
3. Slate roofing: Slate roofing lasts more than 100 years. It is waterproof and can resist the growth of mold and fungus. In general, slate is highly effective in wet climates, reducing the chances of needing an emergency roof repair after a storm. Keep in mind that the material is very heavy and is one of the most expensive systems on the market.
4. Clay and concrete tiles: Clay and concrete roof tiles are not easily damaged by the impact of tornadoes, hurricanes, winds up to 125 miles per hour and even earthquakes. These types of roofing are good in warm, dry climates.
How to Prepare for a Roof Replacement
A roof replacement will transform your old dwelling into a modern living space and notably improves the energy efficiency of your house. In general, every homeowner will encounter the need to replace their old, aging roof. You need to know the necessary steps, including some preparation tips, of the new roof installation to ensure that everything goes smoothly and is done according to strict standards. Here are some things to consider:
1. Cover all your valuable items. You should prepare both the interior and the exterior of your home a few days or a week leading up to installation day. It is a good idea to cover all of your furniture, bedding and other delicate household items to fend off any falling debris from the roof. You may also remove your belongings and temporarily store them in a storage unit near your home if you deem necessary. Keep in mind that roofers will be scattering and nailing materials all over your roof, so it is always better to be safe than sorry.
2. Move outdoor furniture, and remove vehicles from the driveway. Keep your patio furniture, bikes, grills, planters, statues and other valuable items a safe distance from the job site until work is completed. This will also minimize tripping or slipping hazards for residential roofing workers.
3. Cut the grass around your property. Do not forget to trim tree branches that hang low near your roofline. A lot of professional roofers use vinyl tarps to protect plants and the landscaping in the immediate perimeter of the home, but tall grass needs to be cut before the construction begins. This maintenance step will help keep debris from hiding in your lawn, making cleanup for a nail sweep faster and more thorough.
What to Expect During a New Roof Installation
1. Delivery: A supplemental dumpster may be delivered to your home one to two days before the installation starts if your contractor is recycling old asphalt shingles and planning to turn them into new roads. The delivery of new asphalt shingles is also expected to arrive around this time. You can choose to place these new shingles in your driveway.
2. Property protection: The first priority of your contractor once the installation team arrives at the jobsite is to protect your property. Normally, the installation team will use plywood and tarps to cover your siding, plants, walls and bushes to avoid scratching, denting or trampling belongings around your home. You also need to make sure your gates are either left open for the roofers or ask that they close the gates behind them at all times.
3. Cleanup: It is good practice for roof repair contractors to sweep your yard for loose nails and other debris after the work has been completed. To ensure that everything is done according to your plans, the roofing contractor will likely do a final walk-through with you. Feel free to voice your concerns if you have some, especially when it comes to the quality of workmanship.
4. Final payment: The dumpster will be picked up from your home one to three days after the work is done. A representative from the roofing company may set up a time to meet you at your house to do a general review and collect final payment.
Contact Us for Your Residential Roof Replacement Needs
Make sure that your home improvement project is backed by a proud GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor. Total Roof Services is a leading provider of reliable roofing services in Florida. We work with residential and commercial clients, and assure them of high-quality products and industry-leading expertise. Whether you need a new roof installation, emergency roof repair or roof coating application, we have got you covered.
Give us a call at (407) 495-4151, or fill out our convenient contact form to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you transform your dream home into a reality!