If your home needs a roof replacement, read this article to find out the differences between roof replacement and roofing! Roofing is the process of repairing or replacing a roofing membrane. It’s a lot like getting a wax job for your car. Many people think roofing can be as expensive and complicated as roof replacement, but it really isn’t. Here’s a breakdown of the main differences between roof replacement vs. reroofing:
Old Shingles – Whether you’re doing a roof replacement or simply repairing an existing one, you’ll probably need to replace the old shingles. Old shingles are wearing thin, missing pieces, and can be extremely noisy when bumped or hit. To avoid roof replacement, contact your local roofer to discuss how to best salvage your old shingles.
Roof Coverings – Whether you’re doing roof replacement or just repairing an existing one, covering the attic with a roofing material will protect items in the attic from weather and damage. Most people install asphalt shingles; however, if your roof is wooden, it’s wise to protect your wood from rotting by covering it with a plastic roofing cover. For those who live in areas of the country where snowfall doesn’t always come in winter months, an outdoor roof covering may also be necessary. Keeping your roof covered will also prevent water damage during the spring and summer months.
Contractors vs. Homeowners – One of the key differences between roof replacement and roof repair is the level of work involved in each procedure. For example, roof replacement typically requires removing portions of the roof (e.g., attic ventilation) and installing new roofing material. Roofing contractors usually perform all of these steps while at the same time repairing or replacing portions of the roof. Homeowners typically only need to make minor repairs or changes to their roof such as replacing damaged shingles.
Materials – It’s important to know the average cost of roof replacement versus repairing your existing roof. Before you pick a contractor, take a look at your house to see what kind of damage needs to be addressed. Do you need to replace the entire roof or only certain parts? You can usually find this information on the home’s inspection report. If you hire a general contractor to do your work, he’ll provide you with an estimate based on the type of work that needs to be done as well as the materials that will be used.
There are many things to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your existing roof covering. Talk to your local building codes and your local roofer for more information. When you choose to have a professional install a new roof covering, make sure the company is licensed with the Better Business Bureau. You should also check to make sure the installer is insured and bonded.