Perhaps the best indicator you need a new roof is the age of your current roof shingles. Most asphalt shingles will last about 20 years and then deteriorate fairly rapidly after that. I have seen an asphalt shingle roof last 50 years and another that lasted only 8 years. But those are the extreme exceptions. 20 years is a good point to think about getting a new roof. At least http://youtu.be/owRTj5JrgAI, from 20 years on be extra thorough in your roof inspections. Again, the idea is to change your roof shingles before they go bad. Not after.
The next thing that you need to decide is what type of roofing you are going to put on your house. The cheapest roofing would be asphalt shingle. For a ranch house that is one story this type of roof can range in price from one thousand seven hundred to eight thousand four hundred dollar. Another type would be a wood shingle roof but this type of roof will require a lot of maintenance. For a one story ranch house it can cost between twelve thousand six hundred and eighteen thousand nine hundred dollars. The price will be on the high end if you use fire resistant, high quality material.
Many contractors will happily fix the leak spot so no more water will continue leaking under the roof – but the water already trapped under the roof will stay there, for years.
One of the reasons why there are so many roofing companies is that in Texas, a roofing company doesn’t even need a license. Any Buck on a truck can call themselves a roofing contractor.
Spend some time talking about the project and ask your questions. Listen well and ask more questions – making sketches, diagrams and lists from his answers. You don’t need to argue about what you hear. If you have another construction approach in mind, you can ask how that might fit into the picture he describes. He may not like or understand some of the newer techniques or materials. Find out why and write that down. After rethinking your new approach, you just might build a better project with his old fashioned advice.
Your next consideration will be the color. Lighter colors, of course, will reflect heat. However, a white roof can really detract from the appearance of your house, reducing the value of it. Studies have shown, however, that in highly developed areas, an overabundance of houses with dark roofs actually raise the temperature outside. This can increase the overall energy drain in an area. Light colored roofs are often called “cool roofs” because they reflect more heat, rather than transferring it to the house itself. However, if you live outside of the suburbs, a darker roof will help warm your house in the winter, making it a better choice. This is also good in areas of the country that suffers from long, cold winters.
Summer is the busiest time of year for remodeling and other house projects, but there are many things you can have done in spring, autumn, and even winter. And guess what? You’ll save money because contractors are less busy this time of year, and they’re often eager to cut deals in order to get some business.
Although asphalt shingles are everywhere and have been the cheapest roofing choice for years, most roofing contractors do not recommend them anymore. Sure, the roofer will probably get more business because he will have to replace the whole thing every 10-20 years. In the meantime the roofing contractor will also make money as shingles break and need to be replaced. However, this results in significant extra costs to you, and significant waste in terms of old shingles. Those shingles are made of a petroleum byproduct, asphalt and do not bio degrade. So for economical and ecological reasons we do not recommend asphalt shingles.
Make sure you spend enough time researching so you can get the appropriate roofing company. If you do not take the time do this, you may not be happy or find the best qualified company. Hiring an inexperienced roofing company can actually cost you more money in the long run, especially if they are not properly licensed.
A worker who’s fully equipped with modern pneumatic air tools and a compressor can easily lay down about twice as many squares per day. The problem for many roofers though, is that they have had bad experiences in the past with poor quality equipment.