A new roof for your home is something you need to plan for in the long run. Fortunately, depending on the type of shingles that are installed on your home and their age, you can expect this to occur within a certain time frame, which helps you plan for its cost. Here are some considerations to remember when you are planning to replace your home's roof.
Look at the Existing Roof
The condition of your home's roof is going to be a big indicator of the type of reroofing project you need to plan for. The shingles on your home's roof are essential in keeping out the elements, so you need to watch them for signs of damage and failure so you can arrange for a professional repair and replacement when the time comes.
Your professional roofer will inspect your home's roof for signs of leaking shingles and damage to the decking. They can do so by inspecting your home's attic for signs of moisture damage and staining on the interior of the attic structure. Your roof may also have damaged flashing and seams around your chimney, skylight, or ventilation openings that will need further inspection to remove any moisture damage prior to installing a new roof.
Consider Shingle Warranty
The shingles on your new roof are built to provide waterproof protection to your home, but they should also protect against winds and the damage they can bring. If you live in a hurricane zone along the coast line, your insurance may require you to have installed shingles that are going to protect your home from the high winds that can come in from hurricanes each year.
Even if you don't live along the coast or in a hurricane zone, you may still need to protect your home from high winds. Tornados that may form in your area, sudden microbursts, or a derecho coming through your neighborhood may cause wind damage to your new roof if it is not rated to withstand a certain wind speed. Talk to your roof installation professional about the type of wind ratings of shingles available for you and choose one that will provide your home with good wind protection.
Also consider how long the warranty lasts for broken or missing shingles. And find out if you need to remove your existing layer of shingles before the new roof can be installed. Sometimes your new shingle warranty will be voided if they are installed over the existing layer of shingles. Although a new shingle overlay may be legal by construction standards, your shingle warranty may not have the same opinion.
Contact a company that offers roof replacement services to learn more.