Your roof will be the last thing on your mind if it does its job of keeping you and your family safe from the elements. Following proper care and maintenance routines is also necessary to keep your roof in good shape; and if maintenance is done regularly by a licensed expert in roofing and siding repair, then the roof’s life span may even be extended.
But even with years of routine care and maintenance, your roof can only last for so long. When it approaches the end of its life span, you’ll have to consider getting it replaced. You might also need extensive repairs if your roof has suffered significant damage from severe weather. If the damage is severe, a full roof replacement may be the most cost-effective option. Either way, you should act quickly before the damage affects other parts of your home.
Whether you have an old roof or it has recently sustained severe weather damage, you’ll need to get it replaced in a timely manner. As you plan out your project, it helps to find and hire a reputable roofing and siding repair professional who can guide you through each step of the process. An expert will also point out any factors that may affect the overall cost, and address them accordingly to prevent delays and additional expenses.
Unexpected factors can happen during a replacement project, which is why you should include a buffer in your budget to cover them. Unexpected factors vary from material costs and delayed shipping to hidden damage and not having the right permits for the job. Villwell Builders, LLC discusses them here.
As the roofers tear off the old roofing materials, they may find rotten decking and plywood underneath the old shingles. If this is the case with your old roof, it can be due to weather deterioration where the water gradually seeped in. It can also be caused by faulty installation that may have caused the water to leak in the first place. This can be expected if you have an old roof, which is why it should be replaced before installing the new materials.
If any affected plywood and other wooden materials are not removed, you’ll be left shouldering the replacement costs when the rot compromises your newly installed roof. This is because any damage can cause premature deterioration to the new materials and can void the warranty. Although it may not always be part of the initial costs of your roofing project, the additional costs to replace damaged and rotten plywood are necessary for your home improvement project to ensure it won’t fail prematurely.
Disposing of Old Roofing Materials
The reason why some homeowners opt to install new roofing materials over their existing roofing system is because of the additional costs to remove and dispose of the old materials. If you’re considering this for your roofing project, it won’t guarantee that your new roof will effectively protect your family and home over time. Roof overlays aren’t recommended by professionals because they impact the performance of the new materials. This practice also voids the manufacturer’s warranty, which is why a full tear-off is recommended before installing brand-new materials.
When tearing off and disposing of your old roof materials, the work must be done carefully to prevent damage to your property and the local environment. You’ll also need to spend extra for a dumpster and other related disposal costs for your home improvement project.
If it’s been many years since the roof was installed, the building codes will most likely have changed. Building codes are issued by your local government to ensure that any structure meets certain standards. Your hired contractor typically takes care of the process of bringing the structure up to code, but that means you’ll have to spend extra on your replacement project.
Inner Structural Damage
Rot won’t be the only type of damage your home and building renovation contractor may find during your roof replacement project. When roofers find signs of deterioration and decay, it could indicate a hidden leak somewhere within the roofing structure, as well as mold, mildew, pest infestation, termite damage and so on. If left unaddressed, decay can cause structural damage to your roof’s rafters, trusses and other wooden components.
Inner structural damage can also affect the existing insulation in your attic, and if the mold is left, it can spread to your ventilation system which can affect your home’s indoor air quality and comfort. This is why damage must be addressed properly before placing new materials. This ensures that the new products won’t be prematurely damaged and will help keep your indoor air quality clean and safe to breathe.
Water Traps Within the Old Roof
A water trap can sometimes be caused by gradual weather damage, but it often indicates subpar roof design and workmanship. This type of damage can also be hard to detect unless it has already affected the rest of your roofing system or until a full tear-off takes place. Water traps are usually found in places on your roof that are highly susceptible to leaks where too much water is directed to a single area. These should be properly addressed and will entail additional costs. Otherwise, leaks will lead to premature damage to your newly installed roofing system.
Accidental Property Damage
During the roofing process, your property may suffer unexpected damage that will lead to additional repair and replacement costs. Of course, the chances of this happening are low if you work with professional roofing and building renovation contractors who have the skills and expertise to get the job done well. They will protect your property and take precautions before the roofing begins. And even if something were to happen to your property during the roofing process, you would be insured for the damages.
If you’re looking for a reliable home improvement contractor for your roof, Villwell Builders, LLC has got you covered. You can reach us by calling (203) 879-2118 or filling out our convenient contact form. Talk to us today!