Roofing materials are designed to provide prolonged service after installation on houses. However, this lifespan can be critically shortened due to negligence of regular maintenance. In addition, impact from hail and even falling branches during storms can result in severe damage of the building structure. If your roof is damaged, it is important to consider roof replacement. This type of project will demand high financial input, but a modern roof will provide a longer service life. Here are some critical factors that you should consider before starting a roof replacement project.
Extent of Damage
You should evaluate the extent of damage before making your final decision on replacement. This process is important in estimating the potential cost of the project and in ensuring that the replacement decision is ideal. Ideally, you should hire a professional roofer to look at the condition of the roof. Sometimes, the damage on the roof is localised, particularly after accidental impact. This means that you can salvage the structure by performing roof repairs instead of replacing the entire roof. On the other hand, the roofing might be more damaged than you expected. For example, you might find that the supporting framework of the roof is rotten and unstable. Early detection of the fault can help prevent unexpected project charges.
Type of Material
There are numerous materials that you can consider for your roofing project. The right choice will depend on important aspects like your budget, the environment and even the desired aesthetics. One of the most important categories to consider is metal roofing. This type of material is strong, durable, resistant to damage and easy to handle during installation. Moreover, you can choose between galvanised steel, zinc-aluminium alloys and copper, depending on your situation. Shingles are an attractive choice because of the overlapping units covering the house. The common choices include asphalt, wood, metal and plastic shingles. Finally, you may find plastic membrane sheet roofs like polycarbonate and plastic-wood composite in some contemporary supply stores.
You should check whether the local government requires a permit for roof replacement projects. Generally, this type of improvement work is considered to be a major renovation that will affect your structure. Therefore, the local council must ensure that there are no hazards posed by the change. In most regions, a building permit will be required if you are installing a heavy roofing material like concrete tiles. However, if you are installing the same or a lighter roofing material, the project will be considered exempt.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Tammy. A few years ago, my husband and I invested in a very old house. It was in a lovely location, but it needed a lot of love and attention. One of the biggest repair jobs was the roof. I had never climbed onto a roof before, but once I got up there, I loved it. My husband and I carried out DIY repair work and completely re-roofed the property. Since then, I have enjoyed carrying out maintenance work to keep the roof in excellent condition. I started this blog to share my knowledge about roofing with other people who might be in a similar situation.