7 Common misunderstandings about roof replacement

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When spring arrives, many landlords with roofs for more than 20 years are considering whether to replace their roofs.

How long does it take to replace the roof, and what material is the most suitable for your home? Professionals say that homeowners often have 5 misunderstandings about replacing the roof. Come and see if you have entered the misunderstanding?

Misunderstanding 1: The roof does not leak and does not need to be replaced

Many homeowners think that they should “make the best use of everything” and that the roof can still be used as long as it does not leak. In fact, this is a big misunderstanding. Because the roof is a complex structure, it is not only the roof slate layer that will be damaged.

The roof is usually divided into a supporting part and a protection part, and the support part is generally composed of wooden beams. The slight damage to the roof slabs is difficult to see with the naked eye, but the resulting leakage can greatly damage the internal support structure.

Dave said that the company had replaced the roof of a detached house in Bethesda, Massachusetts, but after opening the roof slabs, it found that the internal support layer was all rotten, and the owner had to spend an extra $8,000 to repair it.

Misunderstanding 2: The price is lower than the three prices

The so-called one cent for the price, one cent for the goods, seemingly cost-effective transactions, often have hidden traps. Why is there a price difference when changing the roof as well? A female homeowner in Vienna, Victoria, found leaks after the roof was replaced.

When I asked the maintenance company to check it, I found that the roofing company did not remove the old roof, but only added a new roof to the outside. As a result, it had to be reopened.

In addition to the outermost roof slate, the roof structure also includes roof slats, linoleum, rafters, ridge boards, nail boards, pillar partitions, etc. These structures are hidden under the layers of roof slabs, and the materials used are the key to the existence of the price difference.

Take roofing felt like an example. Compared with ordinary roofing felt paper, the fiber (diamond roofing felt) used by Long Company is resistant to wind and rain, and it is not easy to deform and age. Although the price is relatively high, this is why the replacement period for the Long roof is 50 years.

Misunderstanding 3: The roof does not leak and does not need to be replaced

Many homeowners think that they need to “make the best use of everything,” and the roof can still be used as long as it doesn’t leak. In fact, this is a big misunderstanding. Because the roof is a complex structure, it is not only the roof slate layer that will be damaged.

The roof is usually divided into a supporting part and a protection part, and the support part is generally composed of wooden beams. The slight damage to the roof slabs is difficult to see with the naked eye, but the resulting leakage can greatly damage the internal support structure.

When should the roof be replaced? Professionals give 6 reference indicators:

  • 1 The house is more than 20 years old and has not changed the roof;
  • 2 When it rains, the gravel on the roof slab can be seen flowing down with the rain;
  • 3 Roof slabs fall from the roof;
  • 4 The roof is uneven;
  • 5 The roof surface material is already fragile under direct sunlight and ultraviolet rays;
  • 6 Your neighbor starts to change roofs.

Misunderstanding 4: The price is lower than the three prices

The so-called one cent for the price, one cent for the goods, seemingly cost-effective transactions, often have hidden traps. At present, the market price of a 2,000-square-foot asphalt roof is about 4,000 to 5,000 yuan.

There are differences depending on the roof shape, slope, and materials. After a roofing project is completed, excluding labor and material costs, the profit is only about 1,000 yuan.

But some companies can also do it for 3,000 yuan, where does the profit come from? If the quotation is too low, it is inevitable to cut corners. For example, a valley is formed at the intersection of the two slopes of the roof to facilitate drainage.

This trench needs to be covered with a layer of a metal plate. The metal plate that is removed every time the roof is replaced should also be replaced because the old one has nail holes and cannot be continued. use. In addition, the old cover (made of metal or plastic) of the roof vent is also to be replaced.

However, some companies will repaint the removed perforated metal plate or cover and use it for the next customer.

In addition to the outermost roof slate, the roof structure also includes roof slats, linoleum, rafters, ridge boards, nail boards, pillar partitions, etc. These structures are hidden under the layers of roof slabs, and the materials used are the key to the existence of the price difference.

Take roofing felt like an example. Compared with ordinary roofing felt paper, the fiber (diamond roofing felt) used by Long Company is resistant to wind and rain, and it is not easy to deform and age.

Misunderstanding 5: The age of the roof is 25 years

Many businesses have a 25-year replacement period for the roof, and the developer also recommends that the homeowner replace the roof every 20-25 years. So how many years should the roof really last?

The life span of various roofing materials is different. Both slate and metal are called lifetime, which is 50 years; the life span of asphalt shingles in old houses was 25 years, but now it also claims lifetime, which is basically about 30 years.

If it is a new building, if the developer does not use high-quality materials, it will be replaced within 15 years. If the house is not leaking, how to judge whether to replace it? If many tiles are upturned, consider replacing them. In addition, the glue should be checked every 10 years. If the project is done well, it will not need to be taken care of for at least 10 years.

Many equipment and measures can prolong the service life of the roof. Ventilation can significantly prolong the use time of the roof. For example, an external baffle is placed on the ridge of the roof.

By changing the direction of the outside wind, creates negative pressure between the roof gaps and accelerates the air circulation and in and out of the roof in summer, thereby accelerating the roof heat dissipation.

Winter Guard is another protection facility. It lays waterproof pebbles between the roof deck where the nail boards are located and the roof slabs to prevent snow from melting into the roof through the nail board gaps.

Misunderstanding 6: Roof Warranty Service

After replacing the roof, the warranty and replacement service can allow the homeowner to have no worries in any unexpected situation. But please note that there are also pitfalls and misunderstandings.

In recent years, there is a part of “truck company” among the decoration companies. These companies have been established within five years and have no fixed construction team of their own. All of their net worth is installed on trucks. What’s the point? Warranty replacement?

In addition, most of the merchants’ warranty replacement amounts are decreasing year by year: from 100% in 5 years to 20% in the 25th year, when it comes time to replace the roof, the homeowner’s wallet will still be damaged.

Misunderstanding 7: Slate and metal roofs are the best

Commonly used roof shingles (Roofing Shingles) materials include asphalt shingles, slates, metal shingles, and fired shingles, in addition to wood shingles.

 

According to professionals, stone tiles fired tiles, or metal tiles are usually used for houses with more than 2 million yuan. This type of material is several times more expensive than asphalt shingles.

The 3000-square-foot roof uses metal and tiles and costs more than 20,000 yuan. , If you use a stone, it will be more expensive, and a stone will cost hundreds of dollars. This type of roof is not only expensive in materials, but also more complicated in craftsmanship. First, another layer of asphalt waterproof layer (sticky asphalt roll) needs to be laid.

Although the tiles can withstand rain, this waterproof layer is necessary to prevent the melting of snow and ice from flowing back. Then use a joist to build a grid of brackets on the waterproof layer, and then put stones, tiles, or metal tiles on the brackets.

The life span of a stone roof is the same as that of a house, but the maintenance cost is quite high. Because the stone pieces and the roof are suspended in the air, people or animals stepping on it will sometimes cause breakage, or the quality of the stone itself may crack, etc., and it needs to be replaced.

He once replaced a 40 cm square stone tile for a client, and the material cost alone was 800 yuan. The reason is that it needs to be customized, and because local demand is not large, there are basically no manufacturers that produce stone tiles, and they have to be shipped from the United States or Europe.

As for metal tiles, they were used more often on farms in the past, but now they are also used more on houses. The metal tile is made of iron or aluminum galvanized (galvanized), or baked paint. The theoretical life is 50 years. However, after years of sun and rain, the metal looks very old after fading, and the metal tile is easy to step on and deform, so most houses The main service will be replaced in less than so long.

Take roofing felt like an example. Compared with ordinary roofing felt paper, the fiber (diamond roofing felt) used by Long Company is resistant to wind and rain, and it is not easy to deform and age.

What work is possible for the repair of the roof?

Replacement of broken elements

After having carefully removed the damaged elements, Top Rated Roofing Contractor in Richardson TX carry out an in-depth examination of the rafters on which the battens are placed. In doing so, they guarantee you a healthy roof and the good resistance of new materials over time.

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In the case of lost attics, insulation by blowing on the floor is used. Using a carding machine, the insulation is blown onto the surface to be treated. This is a fast and efficient operation that will guarantee your roof an unparalleled seal. To obtain an even more effective result, know that it is possible to supplement this solution with a thin insulating layer under the crawling of the roof.

Under-roof insulation is recommended when you have converted or convertible attics. If your attic is easy to access, it will be possible to lay rollers made of mineral wool on rails. If necessary, insulation by opening will be practiced: the rolls will be placed between the rafters and the roof to guarantee you optimal protection.

How much does it cost to replace your roof?

The price of a roof repair varies depending on the surface to be treated and the materials used. The price associated with replacing a natural slate roof over a large area will be much higher than if it is a small tiled roof. The cost will also vary depending on the additional finishing services such as colored water repellent.

Do not hesitate to entrust your roof to Roofing Company who will produce a tailor-made estimate adapted to your situation.

How to find the best roofers at the best possible price?

You can of course ask for references from those around you and see if you can find roofers who have satisfied their clients. Make sure, however, that it is for the same type of roofing since each roofer can have its strengths. Even if you get references, be sure to do the necessary checks before signing the contract.

We can also refer you to up to 3 of the best roofers in your sector according to your project and your specific needs and put them in competition with each other in order to obtain quality work done by professionals having the satisfaction of their customers at the best possible price.

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Our Verified Contractors specialize in turnkey renovation or major repair projects valued at over $ 4000. If your project meets this criterion, I will be happy to help you.

Conclusion:

When it comes to the roof, it is common to find flaws pointed out in home buyer reports. These flaws tend to cause fear. The slightest simple repair involving work at height can cause financial dizziness. This is largely caused by the large sums to be paid for the rental of scaffolding.

Poor roofs are not necessarily a handicap for a renovation project. From slated slates to sagging roof slopes, we’ll walk you through everything you need to look out for and do to fix common roofing problems.

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