There are several reasons to consider roof replacement even if your roof is structurally sound. If your roof has lost a large portion of its ability to insulate the heat and/or cool or has experienced a leak, roof replacement may be necessary. If your roof is leaking, it may be time to think about roof replacement as a way to fix the problem and prevent future problems. Even if you have only one layer of shingling on your roof, you still qualify for roof replacement, provided that you have one more layer over the existing roof. Otherwise, roofing structures that have more than two layers of slate or tiles installed are usually forbidden by building codes from even installing the fourth layer, so in this case, you would need a full roof replacement if you were to install another layer.
If your roof is damaged due to hot or cold weather, roof replacement is often a wise first step. The right roofing material, the right roofing installation and proper insulation can prevent leaks and avoid damage from sun, heat and snow. Once your roof replacement project is complete you should check your roof for any remaining leaks and/or damage. This will help you determine if your roof repair is all that needed to fix the leaks or if a new roof replacement is warranted.
It’s also good to work with roofing contractors who offer roof replacement as part of a comprehensive roofing project. While some roofing contractors and companies do offer free roof replacement consultation, many will charge additional fees if a roof replacement is necessary. Be sure to shop around for roofing contractors that are not only reliable but willing to offer a free consultation. Some roofing contractors will give a free estimate, but if they require roof replacement there may be an additional fee. Before you decide on a specific roofing contractor, ask to see samples of their work and ask them about whether they offer roof replacement at a discounted rate when the job is complete.
One other consideration is the overall cost of a roof replacement versus a repair. Although the materials and labor involved in a roof replacement project will be higher than with a repair, if you’re not dealing with a small repair it will still be cheaper. To begin with, if you’re replacing a large section of roofing, like an entire building, it’s likely that you’ll need to purchase new roofing materials. With a simple roof replacement project consisting of just a few shingled sections, you can replace just the damaged sections, saving money on roofing materials. Also, if your roof was damaged by hail or wind, less expensive roof replacement materials will probably be needed.
One important factor to consider is that many roofing contractors offer free initial estimates and may tack on additional charges for repairs that turn out to be bigger or longer than originally planned. Whether you’re replacing sections of a single large roof or several smaller ones, it’s always wise to get an estimate for the total cost of the job before you agree to hire a contractor. That way, you can plan ahead for future cost savings and evaluate the contractor’s bids in good faith. Sometimes it’s easy to tell if a contractor has gouged you for a quote; look for evidence of excessive spending on materials. If you’re hiring a roof replacement contractor who plans to leave a lot of extra material behind after the job is done, you might end up paying more in the long run.
It’s also essential to evaluate the quality of the roof replacement cost estimates you receive. There are basic rules of thumb to use to help you evaluate the quality of roofing material estimates: the cheapest estimate is not always the best, and the most expensive estimate is almost never the best. Ask the contractor to provide a detailed list of materials used in the job. Also, look at examples of jobs the contractor has done in the past and evaluate how the job was completed and if the final job turned out to be satisfactory for you.