Many homeowners look forward to updating their kitchen, replacing their carpet, or getting new paint.Unfortunately, a new roof is not always an enthusiastic home renovation, but it can be more beneficial than any other interior cosmetic upgrades.
Most Louisville, KY homeowners postpone roof replacement as long as they can because of the cost and disruption involved.
Abrams Roofing works with each customer to decide what is the best choice for their home, family, and finances.
The Basics of Roof Replacement
Every other project from drywall to appliances can be ruined if the roof above them isn’t reliable.
Before starting any new roof project, know the answers to these questions:
What Materials Do I Need?
There are five major types of roofing materials, the type you use generally depends on your location and home type.
- Asphalt Shingles: Cheap, easy to find, and give a flat, even appearance.
- Wood Shake: Beautiful, but a more expensive option in most areas.
- Metal Roofing: Rare for homes and requires special contractors like Abrams Roofing to be installed correctly.
- Slate: This is beautiful and a high-end roofing option that is tricky to install and must be done only by professionals.
- Rubber or Faux Slate: This is gaining in popularity by those who want the look of slate at a much easier price point.
Installation materials you choose are often dictated by availability, budget, and if you live in an area with new construction requirements or existing HOA restrictions.
Do I Need a Roof Replacement or Just a Repair?
Some simple roof repair jobs are an easy shingle replacement or small patch job and it is completed in a day.
If you have significant repairs, it’s always worth it to compare the costs of a full installation rather than making costly repairs to a roof that will likely need to be replaced soon anyway.
Consider these factors when weighing your options for a repair or roof replacement:
Age: Most residential homes use asphalt shingles that have a lifespan of 15-30 years, depending on the quality of initial installation, weather patterns, and roof slope. If the roof is older than 20 years, it’s probably time to replace.
Leak Locations: If you have an isolated leak in one specific area, a patch job will get it fixed easily and quickly. If you have multiple leaks that are spread across the surface, it might be time to replace.
Future Plans: If you have roof issues and you want to sell in the next few years, it might be worth it to replace the roof before you list your home. Roof issues will come up in a home inspection, and you may be required to fix or replace it anyway. If you have only a few trouble spots, but the rest of the roof is in good condition, a repair job might suffice. The best way to determine this is to have an expert inspection completed first.
Valleys and Chimneys: The valleys of your roof are one of the most important areas. If shingles in these areas are falling apart, it’s usually a sign you definitely need a complete replacement. If the damage is around the chimney, it might be time to replace old roof cement or tar flashing for a long-term metal flashing system that is more water-tight.
Should I Remove My Old Roof Before Roofing Over It?
Removing your existing roof before laying down a new layer adds more work and more time to the process, but laying down new materials over an old roof can cause a structural problem down the road by putting too much weight on the roof itself.
Roofing over existing materials can also exacerbate present issues by simply covering up surface issues rather than replacing them.
The choice comes down to saving a little money now and risking more expenses down the road, or spending more now to do the job right and minimize future expenses.
When is the Best Time to Roof a Home?
In the Louisville, KY area, the best time for a roof replacement is from late spring to early fall, but our well-coordinated team works in a variety of conditions to install and repair any type of roof.
We are not only in constant contact with the homeowner, but we use reliable communication equipment to coordinate everybody onsite and back at the shop, so everyone knows exactly what needs to be done.
Roofs don’t always wait for “optimum conditions” and neither do we. We are there when you need us with a large team of professionals who can knock out work in hours instead of days, which allows us to take advantage of any dry periods even in the off-season.
Will My Insurance Cover a New Roof?
We work with you to ensure you get all the insurance coverage to which you’re entitled. Some policies may cover part of the repair or replacement while others will not.
If you have had recent storm damage, don’t wait to call your insurance company and understand your options.
Ready to Get Started?
Don’t worry if you don’t have to have all the answers – that’s why we’re here.
If you’re considering a roof replacement or wondering whether your repairs are extensive enough to warrant a new roof, give us a call.
Our expert staff can walk you through your options, give you honest and reliable estimates and answer all your questions so you can make the decision with confidence.