You could indefinitely put off several home repairs. However, a leaky roof is not one of them. Missing, curled, or cracked shingles require instant attention. They could lead to serious water damage if neglected.
What You Need to Know
We suggest that you stay on the ground and utilize binoculars to spot missing, curled, or cracked shingles before you climb and risk your life on a ladder. These are sometimes the signs that your roof is in need of replacement or repair.
Ensure to check the flashing around roof valleys, skylights, and chimneys, as well as the rubber boots around vents for cracks in addition to checking the shingles.
We strongly suggest consulting a professional NJ siding contractor or roofing contractor if you suspect you need a new roof or if you have an existing leak. They are trained to evaluate damage and make suggestions on materials. Also, they are equipped with adequate safety tools.
Layering Twice in not Really Good
Building codes require stripping the roof down to the sheathing if you need a new roof and 2 roof layers are already placed. Almost every house is durable enough to support 2 roofing layers. However, installing few of the heavier laminated shingles might overstress rafters and other home’s structural portions. Check the warranty of the manufacturer of the new roofing material to ensure it covers that sort of usage if you are considering doubling up.
Another significant reason to consider full removal before installing a new roof is to have the roofer examine for insect infestation, water damage, or rot underneath. Prepare an additional $100 per 100 square feet to dispose and strip off of the old shingles.
You will need new underlayment to make a barrier of moisture between the wood sheathing and the roofing whenever a new roof is installed. The sheathing might also have to be replaced if it is damaged.
Suppliers sell roofs by 100-square foot area. Multiply the total length and width of every roof section in feet to measure the area and add 10% to allow for waste. This is to estimate how much roof you will need. Then, you need to divide it by 100 to know how many squares you will require. Prepare around 30 squares for a typical 2,200 square-foot home, plus around $3,000 up to $9,000 for labor. Prepare an additional shingle bundle for small repairs.
Watch the Warranty
A complete warranty covers replacement of damaged materials. On the other hand, a material warranty provides prorated coverage. Almost every warranty include complete reimbursement for installation and materials for a limited time – around 50 years for fake steel and slate roofing and 10 years for asphalt shingles. Typically, none of the warranties cover destruction from winds above 86mph.
The Solar Factor
It will be best to have them installed at similar time if you are considering going solar and replacing the roof. A structural engineer ideally must examine the condition of the roof. This includes how much weight it could handle.