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First Time Replacing Your Roof – What You Need to Know
8 Sep 2021
Has the roof on your home reached the end of its lifespan? Is it now time for a roof replacement but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the process since it is your first time going through it? Replacing your roof for the first time can come as a bit of a shock, both to the cost and the amount of work that will take place. So that you’re better prepared for the process, here are some basics you should know about replacing your roof.
Set a Budget
The first thing to tackle will be the budget. Putting on a new roof is never going to be cheap, but it will vary depending on the company and the materials you use. Choosing the right type of shingles for your home should take into account not just the look and durability of them, but also the cost. Asphalt shingles tend to be the most budget-friendly, which factors into why they are one of the most common roofing materials.
Other roofing materials you can use include metal shingles and cedar planks, but each of these will be more expensive than asphalt shingles.
Choose Your Shingles
If you do go with asphalt shingle, be prepared to have a fair number of choices in front of you. Now that you’ve set the budget, it will help to narrow down your options but, typically, you’ll be able to choose from different colors and textures. Homeowners will often choose shingles that complement or pick up the colors in the exterior of their home.
You may wish to take some sample roofing materials home and just look at them for a few days. You can take them outside and place them against your house, getting an idea of how they will look at different times of day in different lighting.
How Long Will the Process Take?
Before you hire a roofer, you’ll want to ask about how long the process will take. Some jobs may be fast, with the roofers in and out in a day, whereas other homes may take a few days. Be sure to also ask about cleanup as there will be all the old shingles and nails to dispose of.
Be Prepared for a Messy and Loud Process
If you’ve never had a neighbor replace their roof then you may be in for a real big surprise at just how loud and messy the process can be. Roofers often use plywood to lean against windows to protect them, and you may wish to tarp up any gardens close to the roof. It’s quite common to have falling debris and nails dropping during the replacement.
Homeowners that park their vehicles in the driveway will also want to move them away from the house to protect them from any potential damage.
Playing outside with the kids or dog won’t be ideal while the workers are doing their job. Nails can end up in all sorts of places, so you need to be careful.
Knowing what to expect in the roofing process means you’ll feel that much more confident booking a roofer.
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