A Guide To Replacing Your Roof Part 1

Posted on: February 25, 2016 by in Roof Repair
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roof replacement on home in 40206 areaThere are many options to consider when it comes time to replace your roof. The choices of styles and colors make roofing replacements an attractive addition to any home and well worth the effort.

We will cover the following list in two parts, look out for part 2 and in following blog posts.

1 . Things to consider before doing for yourself

2 . Things needed for do-it-yourself

3 . Choosing the Right Replacement Roofing

4 . The Cost of Roofing Replacements

5 . How to know when it is time to replace your roof

6 . Metal Roofing

7 . Roofing with Asphalt shingles

8 . Green Roof

9 . Hiring a contractor Roofing

1 . Things to consider Before doing for yourself

Many homeowners have taken the plunge and replaced their roofs themselves instead of hiring a professional. While it is very hard work, it can be done if you possess some decent DIY skills especially with lots of help available these days on the internet. There are many videos and tutorials available for the first-time roofer.

However, there are some things you should consider before taking a job of this size. While there are a variety of roofing materials available today, there may be building codes in your area that dictate what type of roof you will have to use so be sure and check that out before you buy the materials.

Some parts of the country are more conducive to certain types of roofing materials, due to the harsh weather so you should take into consideration the weather conditions are normal for your area. Another thing you may want to consider is that you are responsible for properly dispose of roofing materials. Depending on where you live, this may be certified in a landfill, however, in some areas, you may take your old roofing materials to a recycling center. Check with your city to see what options are available before starting the roofing project.

2 . Needed for Do-it-Yourself

There are a variety of tools needed for the project, some of which may depend on the magnitude of the task and whether or not you have to replace the roof framing. Consider investing in a roof stapler, nail gun, air compressor, tool belt, claw hammer, and one or more sturdy ladders. You may also need saw horses, hand or power saws, drills, caulking gun, framing square, and several small objects, such as a level, string, clamps, nails, staples, and screwdrivers. If you wish, you may consider renting all or part of larger items for the duration of the job.

When you are wondering how much it costs to replace a roof, you must consider the fact that you may need to purchase tools if you intend to do the work yourself. Having most of the tools you need can be a great incentive to replace your own roof instead of hiring a contractor to do it.

3 . Choosing the Right Replacement Roofing

Although there are more options available for roofing replacements today than ever before, in general, the asphalt is still the most popular form of roofing materials used in the United States. They are available in a variety of colors and are an economical choice. And what’s more, an asphalt roof can be expected to last for 25 years or more.

Composition shingles are another popular choice for roofing replacements. Composition shingles are so called because it is made of a combination of materials, including asphalt and fiberglass. It is a durable roofing material to use and looks great too. This is also a good option for those who live in cold climates as composition shingles retain heat and can help make your home warm. Be prepared to pay a little more for composition shingles but also enjoy your roof longer, too.

Solar roofs are a good option for those with environmental concerns or who want to save money on electricity. Some materials resemble asphalt shingles sunroofs, at first glance, so also make an attractive option, as well as offering numerous benefits. While solar roofing costs more to install, saving on electricity is composed of more than the cost of professional installation.

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