A Guide To Replacing Your Roof Part 2

Posted on: February 28, 2016 by in Roof Repair
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In this article, we continue looking at the best approach to replacing your roof.

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4 . The Cost of Roofing Replacements

You should be aware of the costs before starting the project. The type of material you choose will have a great impact on the cost of the roof as will the cost of labor if you are hiring a roofer or licensed contractor to do the work. If you choose to do it yourself and end up making mistakes, then that can become costly. Ideally, for a roof replacement, you would want to make sure you hire a competent roofer. Do not be afraid to go out and ask, “How much will it cost to replace my roof?” In fact, you want to get a written estimate before hiring someone to do the project. There are online calculators, but they are not that reliable. Especially if there is deeper, more structural types of repairs needed beyond simply replacing the shingles. You enter the dimensions and any other relevant information and the calculator will give you an estimate of the cost of its roof. Use this as a guide only

5 . Roofing with Asphalt shingles

Although asphalt is the most common and economical choice for roof replacement, there are 2 different types of asphalt shingles to be taken into account. Usually referred to as fiberglass, whether conventional or asphalt shingles, your only consideration could be the area of the country in which you reside. Asphalt fiberglass shingles are considered more fireproof than conventional asphalt shingles. However asphalt does not work so well in colder climates because they can become brittle and break, so if you live in a cold area with harsh winters and decide Asphalt shingles for your roof replacement, you may want to go with the conventional tiles.

Believe it or not, the color of a roof is related to energy costs and you may want to go to take this into consideration when replacing your roof. While darker color shingles will retain more heat, which is good in the winter, they also raise cooling costs in the summer. So if you live with predominantly warm weather, you might want to go with light-colored Roofing shingles.

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6 . Green Roof

Some people are interested in green roofing replacements, which can mean different things to different people. Traditionally, the green roof has meant a roof that has plants growing on it instead of traditional roofing materials, but as there are more and more environmental concerns connected with the word “green”, a green roof can mean several different things.

A green roof can refer to a roof that has been made of recycled material, which is becoming increasingly popular for many people around the world. The Green roof can also refer to a roof built solar shingles. Many people choose this option to save electricity, both for economic reasons and also to help protect the environment. Environmentalists interested in green roofing replacements have many choices today that they were not previously available 15 years ago.

7 . Hiring a contractor Roofing

It is important to get a reputable, licensed contractor who can do the job right the first time. Each state has a state license board where you can check the credentials of the professionals covered before finalizing a deal. You can also consult your local Better Business Bureau to see what kind of business the contractor runs before spending your money. It is advisable to get at least three estimates from different contractors. Before going with the lowest price, ensure that all estimates reflect the same type of material and roofing procedure. You really want to be comparing apples to apples. Don’t hesitate to contact each contractor and dialogue with them and of course, choose the one you have the best gut feeling about.

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