Top Of Your Roof!
Is it time for a new roof on your home? If you are
noticing that the shingles on your roof are buckling or
curling -or even worse, you are finding water spots on
your ceiling -you may need to think about reshingling. It
is possible to simply repair small portions, but if the
condition of the roof is really bad, then reshingling is
the route you will want to take.
The process -on that many homeowners tend to put off until
the damage is severe -is relatively fast and
straightforward, depending on the size of your roof and
where any of the roof boards or the roof deck beneath the
existing shingles have to be replaced before the new
shingles can be applied.
Although new singles can be applied over an existing layer
if the surface is fairly flat, a build-up of more than two
layers is considered too heavy for most homes to handle
and results in a bumpy, somewhat uneven surface.
When you have your home reshingled, the existing shingle
layer is usually stripped off and a new one installed.
Most traditional shingles consist of pieces of felt or
paper coated with asphalt and granules. They come in
different weights and colours and can last anywhere from
about 12 to 25 years or more, depending on the quality of
roofing you choose.
One of the biggest wear factors with asphalt shingles is
sunlight; shingles located on the sides of your home which
receive the most exposure to sunlight will tend to
deteriorate more quickly.
As an alternative, you may wish to consider wood shingles
or shakes. There are considered to be more durable and
likely to last longer than their asphalt counterparts, but
are more costly and can become rotten if subjected to too
much moisture and shade. They do, however, provide a
unique alternative to a traditional asphalt shingle roof
Other alternative but fairly costly roofing materials are
concrete or clay tiles and metal roofing. Concrete or clay
tiles weigh more than traditional asphalt roofs but can
last for several decades. They are notused as often a
other types of covering but create a very distinctive
look. In recent years, new, less costly products have been
developed to mimic more expensive roofing materials like
slate or cedar shakes. A good roofing supply company can
show you a large selection of traditional shingles or
Tar and gravel coverings have been used on flat roofs for
many years. These multi-layered coverings consist of
layers of roofing felt with asphalt in between and asphalt
and gravel on top.
Single ply roofs are a more recent option for flat roofs.
These are generally made of modified asphalt or plastic or
synthetic rubber. For more information about this and
other types of roofing, talk to a roofer about which type
would best suit your home.
Prices can vary from roofer to roofer, so get quotes from
a few contractors before making a choice. Be sure to ask
if the price includes disposal and clean up costs, and
have that written into the contact. Disposal costs for an
average-sized roof can be fairly hefty.
Also check into warranties offered. Generally, higher
quality roof coverings have longer warranty periods, but
compare carefully. Don't necessarily be swayed by the
lowest quote. Look at the life expectancy and quality of
the products being offered before making your final
Also determine if the quote includes other related roofing
items like the installation of new flashings and vents
where required. After all, you don't want any extra little
"surprises" down the road.