Deciding to replace your roof can be a big decision for homeowners. Here are some roof replacement tips to help you make a more informed decision.
- Pick the right roofing contractor
Choosing the right roofing contractor can mean all the difference for your roof replacement project. Using a manufacturer trained contractor can mean the difference between long warranties and project success and having to fix costly errors not long after the project is done. Avoid the temptation to start the project on your own or use an unlicensed contractor. It can be a costly mistake in the long run.
- Remove your old roof
It can be tempting to leave your old roof in place. Some contractors will suggest leaving the old roof and adding the new roof on top. At first glance, this can make sense and seem like a smart way to save a few bucks. There are some instances where this is true. But more often than not, the small savings on the front end will cost you substantially more money down the road. When the old roof is removed, we can inspect the roof decking and spot problems before they become worse.
- Ensuring proper ventilation and insulation
Proper ventilation is crucial to your roof’s life expectancy. Without proper ventilation and insulation, heat and moisture can end up trapped in your attic leading to rot and causing shingles to buckle. Insulation and ventilation vary widely depending on the condition of your home and its exposure to light, heat, and humidity but they’re both essential to your roof’s long term life expectancy.
- Plan your roof replacement for the right time of year
If possible, schedule your roof replacement when the weather is warm. Unforeseen weather conditions can delay or even derail your project. Planning ahead is key to success. Most of our roof replacement jobs can be completed in a single day.
- Choose the right shingle
Choose a shingle that is both durable and algae resistant. Atlas shingles are well-known for their resistance to impact and algae. Atlas StormMaster® shingles offer the algae resistance of Scotchgard™ Protector in a diverse selection of shingle colors and include a lifetime limited warranty and a limited wind warranty up to 130 MPH.