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Questions To Ask Yourself before You Repair or Replace Your Roof

by Ryan Wright

A new roof for your house is a huge investment, and a necessary purchase like that can take you by surprise since roof-related damage isn't always noticed until it's too late. You should aim for the best deal possible and save money over the entire process by replacing your roof during periods of low demand or buying only what materials you need.

Do I Need Repairs or a Full Replacement?

This question is best answered by a professional, but you can make a good guess yourself. To avoid overspending on materials or construction work you don't actually need, take a close look at the top of your roof, as well as inside your attic.

  • Check your shingles. When you run your hands over them, do you feel any indentations underneath? Are the granules starting to fall off, exposing the bare shingle beneath? Are some shingles missing? You may need a full replacement if that's the case—not because this damage alone is necessarily significant, but because of how the elements can penetrate a damaged roof. If your roof has been decaying for some time, you may have a weakened roof structure or water damage.
  • Look up in your attic. Investigate the wood holding up your roof for any signs of water damage, rot, weakness, or decay.
  • Look at your roof from a distance—say, across the street—and look for any evidence of tilting or sagging. This points to weakness in the structure, and it will need to be replaced.

Should I Have My Old Roof Removed First?

If you're getting your roof replaced because of damage, you definitely want your old roof taken down first. It is possible to install a new roof on top of the old one, but this doesn't actually fix any underlying problems, it essentially just applies a new seal. Unfortunately it also applies more weight, which can cause your entire roof to collapse. When seeking a contractor, make sure they'll remove the old roof first and that they factor this into the total cost. If they do, it could end up cheaper than if you were to buy the removal and replacement as two separate projects.

When Is the Best Time To Buy a New Roof?

If your situation isn't dire and you can afford to wait before you get a new roof, do so. Contractors go through periods of higher demand in late summer and fall, because this is when the weather has started to cool while still being relatively dry. This is optimal roof installing weather. If you want a better deal, look for a new roof during spring and early summer. If you have dry winters, you can take care of the job then, too.

How Should I Plan My Schedule around the Installation?

Most contractors will come early in the morning and leave in the early afternoon to skip the heat of the day. This means that contractors will be on your roof bright and early every morning—and it will be loud. If you go to work every morning this may not be a huge deal, but otherwise you should prepare yourself and the rest of your family for some early mornings. Make sure that people in your home are aware of this before the contractors arrive on the first day. It wouldn't hurt to let your neighbors know what's going on so they can plan, too. To schedule your roof repair or to ask more questions, consider speaking with a representative from Alpen Roofing.