The often turbulent weather will have many people in metro Atlanta are considering whether to replace the existing roof system. Roof replacement damaged, is one of the most important projects a homeowner can do to protect your most valuable and often more valuable investment. On the surface, a roof replacement may seem to be a relatively simple project with very few options. In reality, there are actually several things for a homeowner to consider before you undertake this type of project. Since this will probably be the last time you will replace the roof on your current home, it is worth a little more time to consider all the options.
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Before you get too involved in the selection of some of the items suggested below, you may want to consider some high level factors that can affect the decision-making process:
the Neighborhood – If you are looking to replace the roof, it is likely that some of their neighbors had already done it. Before you get too entrenched in the details to choose a product and a contractor, take a walk (driving is expensive nowadays!) down your street to see what their neighbors are doing. When you have the final decision of how you will improve your home, adhering to the standards, usually, it will help you to optimize the return on investment for the project.
the Covenants. / H. O. a’s – Some neighborhoods with homeowners associations may have restrictive covenants that specify the type of building materials you can use, including the ceiling.
plans for the Future – How long you plan to stay in the house can play an important role in the redevelopment decision-making process. Even if it never makes sense to sacrifice the quality of any home remodeling project, your plans for the future can affect the type of investment that you are willing to do.
When you have considered these items, you are ready to go ahead with the process to make a decision:
There are two dominant types of asphalt shingles available today, “3-tab” and “Architect”.
3-tab shingles have two cut-off points for the bottom edge, so that, when placed on a roof, it seems like three smaller shingles. When it is displayed on the roof, 3-tab shingles have a distinguishable, repetitive pattern. Architectural shingles (also known as “dimensional” or “laminate” shingles) have an extra piece of shingle laminated to it to give the appearance of thickness and texture when seen from the earth.
Architectural shingles also do not have the same regular pattern as 3-tab shingles, and give you a custom look. When considering this type of option, you can also choose from different variations of architectural shingles called specialty or designer shingles that give the appearance of other roofing materials (Slate, Cedar Shake, etc) at the same time that you have with the reliability and durability of an asphalt shingle. Many of these specialty shingles are engineered to last longer than standard architectural tiles and, therefore, carry even more product warranties.
If the roof slope is shallow (20 degrees or less) type of tile is not likely to be a strong visual part of your home. From the ground, the most dominant feature will be the color of the tiles. Thus, for a shallow pitched roof a 3-tab shingle is probably a good choice. If you have a roof with a steep slope (more common in newer houses), the roof is very likely to be a more predominate architectural feature. In this case, the shingle pattern will be very visible, and the roof itself may be the first thing people see when they come down the street in the direction of his home. Thus, for a steeper slope of the roof, you may prefer Architectural shingles.
Color: selection of Colors for any improvement project can be both an exciting and stressful decision. To get the best results, your new roof color should compliment the rest of your home to the exterior, including the siding or brick color, and the associated trim. If you are unsure about shingle color, there are several methods to help ensure that you will be satisfied with your color decision:
1. Look at homes that are similar to yours. In particular look for homes with similar architecture and rooflines.
2. Simulation software – Many manufacturers and some contractors have access to computer simulation programs that can model different types of tile and ceiling colors in your home. These programs are a useful tool for comparisons and narrowing options, please remember the limitations in to see colors on a computer screen or print.
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Attic Ventilation – A properly designed attic ventilation system keeps the attic cool and dry by allowing the cool outside air to enter your attic through your eaves or soffits and hot humid air to be exhausted from the vents that are usually located on or near the ridges on the roof. An improperly ventilated attic can not only cause premature aging of your roof system, it can also cause damage to the coating or exterior paint, warp the roof decking, allow for mildew growth, and even lead to higher costs for energy. To work properly, the input and output of air to function correctly to deliver the cold, dry air in the attic while exhausting the hot humid air. A replacement project of the roof is a perfect time to re-evaluate your ventilation systems and make changes to improve performance. A competent roof replacement contractor can help you determine your ventilation requirements and, if the changes that should be made to your current system.
Fungus Protection – What are the black spots on your roof???? These places are, in fact, an airborne fungus. This fungus grows and is attracted to-ceiling windows, areas with the following characteristics:
– Areas with moisture or high humidity (everywhere in Middle Georgia!)
– Areas with high shade (typically northern exposures or under trees), The good news is that many shingles are now manufactured with an inhibitor of algae (usually copper beads) which helps to protect your new roof from this fungus for years to come!
Processes and Products, – If you haven’t guessed by now, the installation of the roof system is more than to invent a lot of tiles of your roof. How clear is the process by which the contractor will use? Will strip existing roof shingles? They will clean when they are done? What are the products that will be used as underlayment? What that will be installed in the valleys? A good contractor will be thorough and explain the entire process.
Warranty, A new roof system should last 20 years if it is installed correctly. In recent years, manufacturers and contractors who have joined together to offer a warranty for the programs that can give homeowners security through the life of your new roof. The fact is that roof problems are rare, but when they occur can be very difficult and expensive to solve. A good warranty program should cover both material defects as well as improper installation.
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Although this article has focused on the product choices that are available to you when you replace the roof, it is only part of the story. It is just, if not more, important to choose a reputable contractor to install your roof system. When you are looking for a contractor, here are some factors to consider:
Adequate and Current Insurance:
If you have been on your roof lately, you know that the roof can be a risky business!!! Check with the contractor’s insurance company to ensure that it is adequate and current coverage for General Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance).
Experience / Certification:
How long has the contractor been in business?
Not roofers, have all the certifications in the roofing industry?
There is a deposit, or full payment is required at the time of the implementation of the project?
How long will it take the company to complete your roof project?
Clear proposals & Contracts:
All contracts must be in writing and shall clearly describe exactly what will happen.
Warranty – What type of warranty the contractor shall offer (both for product defects and workmanship)? the
Greg Tatro writes for Exovations. For further information on the choice of the ceiling or other external issues, please visit www.EXOVATIONS.com. You can also contact me at (478) 757-2422 or e-mail email@example.com.