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Five more roof replacement tips

Postby troyhoward » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:05 am

For many homeowners, the task of getting the roof replaced is the one they put off. It's a big investment and a complicated project with a lot of hard decisions to make. The good news is that if done right, it's something homeowners won't have to go through again for a very long time. Here's a look at five tips to make a roof replacement go a little bit smoother.

Choose the right contractor

Your new roof will only be as good as the contractor you hire to install it. Improper installation can void the warranty on your new roof so it's important that you hire someone who has the proper training to install it. Make sure your roofer is experienced with the type of roof you are having installed. You can check with the Better Business Bureau and local building suppliers to see if your potential roofer has a proven track record.

Don't forget about ventilation

Ventilation is an important part of the roofing system. An improperly ventilated roof can cause a lot of problems for your new roof. It will likely lead to you needing a new roof sooner than you should. Improperly ventilated roofs can become extremely hot in the summer causing the shingles to dry out and even crack. In the winter improper ventilation can lead to ice damming which can cause water to get pushed up underneath the shingles. During a roof replacement is a good time to check the ventilation.

Replace or fix related damaged items

When your roof is replaced, certain parts of your roofing system are not replaced. Roof flashing, the fascia, and the rain gutters aren't typically replaced during a roof replacement. These are important parts of your roofing system however and they may be damaged. If your flashing or rain gutters are compromised, it could effect the lifespan of your new roof. While you're having your roof replaced, it's a good idea to repair or replace any aspect of your roofing system that is damaged.

Be involved in the roofing project

As the homeowner it's important that you be involved in the roofing project. That doesn't mean you have to be on the roof watching every move the roofers make but you should at least be an informed decision maker. You should have received and looked over a written contract for the roofing project. You should be clear on the details of the project. If you have any questions you shouldn't be afraid to talk to the contractor.

Maintain your new roof

Now that you've invested in your new roof, you will naturally want to get the most out of it. You maximize the lifespan of your roof by properly maintaining it. It's recommended that you inspect your roof twice a year in the spring and in the fall. Watch for any damaged or missing shingles and for moss or algae. Regularly clean out your rain gutters and clear away any debris that might accumulate on your roof. Trim back trees that hang over your roof. Quickly replace any shingles that become damaged.

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