4 Things To Expect When You Get A New Roof
If you know it's time for a new roof, but you keep putting it off, your home could be in danger of water damage. It's always best to replace your asphalt shingles before you have a water leak disaster. Here are four things you may want to know about getting a new roof.
1. You'll Choose Your Shingles
One of the first things you'll do is choose the shingles so the roofer can give you an accurate estimate of the cost and order supplies. Consider the color you'd like as well as the grade. Higher grades of asphalt shingles cost more, but they're thicker and of higher quality so they last longer and stand up to storms better.
It could take several days to several weeks from your initial visit with the roofer to the day work is started on your roof, and that's one reason you don't want to delay getting started.
2. You Might Need To Clear Your Yard
If grass grows close to your house, you'll probably want to mow it and clear tall weeds away from your foundation. That's because it will be much easier to see dropped shingles and nails if the grass is low. The roofing crew will clean up your property once the roof is installed, and you can help them not miss anything by keeping a wide border around your house free of clutter, toys, lawn chairs, and tall grass.
3. The Roofer Installs New Materials
When you get a new roof, the roofer will probably tear off the old roofing materials down to the deck. Part of the deck may need to go too if it has rotted. It's possible new roofing could be put on top of the old roof, and if that's something you want to consider, talk to the roofer about it ahead of time.
If the deck has rotted, the bad parts are removed and new plywood put down. Then underlayment is added and topped with new shingles. The roofer might use the same flashing, but if not, they can apply new metal flashing around the chimney, skylights, and other roof protrusions. When they're finished, you'll have all new roof materials so your roof should be sturdy and resistant to storm damage for years to come.
4. The New Roof Settles In
Your new roof might look lumpy when it's installed, especially if the weather was cool on installation day. It will probably lose a lot of granules in the beginning, too. As the roof settles, it should flatten out and the granule loss slow. Your new roof should be under warranty, so if anything doesn't look right, call the roofer and let them know so repairs can be done while the warranty is still in effect. Contact a roofing company for more information regarding new roofing.