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Roof Installation & Replacement Guide

Water leaks, missing shingles, and signs of rot are all indicators that it is time to consider replacing the roof on your home. As an important line of defense against the elements, roofs play a vital role in protecting the integrity of your home’s structure. Putting off a roof replacement can lead to numerous other problems, but the choices involved with selecting a quality roofing system can be overwhelming to homeowners.

Working with a professional roofing contractor is important whether you are repairing your roof or replacing it, and understanding the process involved with roof installation is the first step in ensuring that you get the highest value for your investment.       

Roof Installation Process

Installing a new roofing system is a complex process, and proper installation is necessary to ensure that your roof will last for years to come. While the installation process can vary based upon the type of roofing material being used, the general steps of the process are as follows:

  • Removal of Old Roof: Removing the old roofing material down to the sheathing helps protect your new roof from premature failure.
  • Repair Any Damaged Areas: If moisture or structural issues are found after removal of the old roof, they will need to be replaced before proceeding.
  • Secure the Drip Edge and Underlayment: The metal drip edge directs water away from the home, while underlayment is essential for water resistance.
  • Install the New Roofing Material: Various roof types require different installation techniques, and your contractor can walk you through the process for your product’s installation.
  • Seal Vents and Pipes: These vulnerable roof sections are protected with rubber boots to help avoid long-term problems.

Repairing vs. Replacing Your Roof

Cost can be a major factor when deciding on a roof replacement, and there is no question that replacing an entire roof is a big investment. In some instances, repairing damaged areas of your roof may be a more economical choice.

If damage is limited to missing shingles or one small area of your roof, making a repair on an otherwise solid roofing structure may extend the need to replace your roof for a decade or more. However, there are drawbacks to making a repair instead of replacement. It can be difficult to match shingle color which can damage your curb appeal, and in the long run, it can also be more expensive to replace your roof in sections instead of committing to the entire project. 

Roof Types

Getting the most life out of your roof is important—particularly with the high costs and time commitment associated with this type of project. The material that you choose for your roof replacement has a direct impact on the durability and longevity of your roof. There are several options available for roofing, including:                

  • Metal Roofing
    Metal roofing can include steel, tin, and copper, but all of these metals offer high durability and lasting value. Lightweight and corrosion-resistant, metal roofing can last up to 60 years. The downside to choosing this type of roof system is that it can be significantly more costly than traditional asphalt roofing.  
  • Slate Roofing
    One of the most expensive roofing materials on the market, slate roofing also has the reputation of being one of the most durable. The average lifespan of a slate roof is 60 to 150 years, and it is both freeze-resistant and waterproof.    
  • Clay Tile Roofing
    Clay tile roofing offers a unique look reminiscent of Spanish villas, but its heavy, bulky construction means that it is not ideal for every home—it is also one of most expensive options to install. On the plus side, this roof can last over 100 years, and it is durable and easy to maintain.     
  • Rubber Roofing
    Rubber roofing only has a lifespan of approximately 15 to 25 years, but it can be installed quite easily. Fairly comparable in durability to asphalt roofs, rubber roofing systems require less maintenance than shingles while giving the home a similar appearance.
  • Asphalt Shingle Roofing
    By far the most common type of roof in North American, asphalt shingle roofs are relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and durable. They also have a wide range of colors and styles to choose from to increase the curb appeal of the home. Disadvantages to this type of roof include their need for regular upkeep and a lifespan of only 15 to 30 years.

Choosing the Right Roofing Remodeler

Choosing a roof that is right for your home and budget is a major decision, and installation is best left up to a professional that can ensure your roof is properly installed to protect your greatest investment. To start receiving free quotes from trusted roofers in your area, just fill out our simple online form today.   

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