*(ARA) – As the years go on and people grow older, so does your home. The changing of seasons and the weather that comes along with it can take a toll on your home, leaving its appearance less than desirable.
Your roof is one of the first things that visitors, neighbors and people passing by will see. If your roof has taken a beating and is in need of repair, don’t ignore the problem. Aside from adding beauty and curb appeal, the roof protects your home. It faces both everyday weather as well as the extreme climates. Keeping it up to date and maintained can save you from dealing with other problems inside your home later on.
As you begin your roof renovation, take the time to think about some of the decisions that come with putting new shingles on your roof, such as the method of installation and type of shingle. Your new roof should be appealing and durable for many years to come.
When making decisions on installing your new shingles, don’t just think about who you would like to do the job; think about how. Will you choose to install the new shingles over the old, known as overlaying, or strip all the old shingles off the roof before laying down new ones? Whichever you decide, make certain the shingle manufacturer’s application instructions are followed to ensure you have a properly installed roof.
If your roof is beyond repair and is in need of a total makeover, then consider removing your old shingles. Make sure you have made any necessary repairs to the roof deck underneath the old shingles and underlayment before the new roofing materials are installed.
Maybe you are just looking for a quick roof fix to add some new color to your house or repair some minor problems. If so, overlaying may be the best option. Overlaying takes away the time of ripping off the existing shingles, the hassle of finding a place to put them after they have been removed, and will save some money along the way as well. Leaving the existing shingles also creates a double layer of protection for your roof. Just remember that proper installation, according to the shingle manufacturer’s application instructions, is very important.
After deciding which method of installation is best for you, it is now time to decide the kind of shingle you will choose. Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing shingle used today in the United States. Unlike wood shake, slate, metal and tile shingles; asphalt shingles are a practical choice for most residential uses and relatively inexpensive.
Replacing your old roof is an excellent way to improve the condition and appearance of your home. Don’t be the house on the block that needs some work, improve your home with a new roof and be the center of attention at the next block party.