Putting a new roof on your Barrington, IL home may be the most important home repair you’ll ever undertake. For one thing, roof replacement cost is considerable. For another, your roof protects all your possessions and the structure of the home itself. A defective roof can destroy cherished and expensive items. It can damage the house and even create health risks.
Accordingly, when it’s time for roof replacement, you want to understand all aspects of the roof replacement process. The following guide should help you do that.
Roof Replacement and Roofing Materials
There are many roofing materials available, and many factors that go into choosing the right one Naturally, there are your personal taste and budget. But it’s also important to think about what kind of roof holds up well in what kind of weather and climate. You’ll want to consider if you need superior fire resistance and if the pitch of the roof will work well with a particular roofing material.
The options for roofing materials include the following:
Asphalt composition shingles are the most popular choice in part because they’re inexpensive.
Metal roof are durable and fireproof. They’re more expensive than some other options at installation time. But they tend to last longer, and you may not need roof replacement again for quite some time.
Cedar shakes (and other wood shingles) tend to be one of the most expensive options but lend visual appeal. They’re not a good choice, however, for area where fire is a major concern.
Slate roofing is another high-end choice. It looks good, but it’s heavy. It’s also difficult to repair and slippery to walk on.
Clay or ceramic tile creates the distinctive red roof seen on Spanish-style houses. It’s heavy, though. As a result, many homeowners opt for synthetic tiles that give the same appearance and are similarly fire resistant.
Composition slate tiles look like ceramic or stone, but they’re lighter and more resistant to damage. They’re made of 95% recycled materials, too, so they’re a green choice.
Should the Roofers Do a Tear-Off?
Once upon a time, it was common practice to put a new layer of shingles right over an old. Some houses even saw this done twice. It’s not as common anymore, though, for the following reasons:
Multiple levels of roofing get heavy. They can end up being heavier that the structure of a house was meant to bear. This is especially true of older houses.
The new roof can mirror the bumps and other imperfections of the old roof underneath. As a result, it may look unattractive.
The law. Some jurisdictions now prohibit roof replacement without a tear-off.
With all that said, the reason some homeowners still consider a tear-off is to reduce the labor involved. Professional roofing companies, however, have the expertise and tools to strip off an old roof quickly.
As mentioned above, the cost of a roof replacement is likely to be significant. It does vary, however, from one job to the next. Naturally, it depends in part on what materials you choose. When coming up with the roof replacement estimate, the roofing contractor will also look at such factors as the area and pitch of the roof. The roof replacement estimate you ultimately receive should be all-inclusive. It should cover permits, demolition, waste disposal, and cleanup.
The Roof Replacement Process
The process of putting on a replacement roof goes like this:
First, the roofers strip off the old shingles and put them in a roll-off dumpster.
Second, they’ll make minor repairs to the old roof as indicated assuming it’s still in good condition.
Third, they’ll put in ice dam protection if the climate warrants it.
Fourth, they’ll lay down asphalt roofing paper over the roof sheathing.
Fifth, they’ll put metal drip edging around the edge of the roof.
Sixth, if it’s necessary, they’ll put new valley flashing where two roof planes come together.
Seventh, they’ll apply the tab shingles.
Eighth, the roofing crew will apply flashing everywhere it’s needed to prevent leaks.
Ninth, the roofers install the ridge vent.
Tenth and last, they’ll perform the final cleanup, haul the debris away, and have a building inspector inspect and approve the work.
It may sound like a lot of hard, technical work, and it is. But skilled roofing professionals can do it with minimum disruption to your home life and in a surprisingly short time.
We at Highmark Restorations are exactly that kind of roofers. When it’s time for roof replacement at your Burlington, IL, we hope you’ll give us a call.