Roof replacement may seem like a fairly large undertaking when you compare it to a reroofing or a paint job. In fact, a full roof replacement will be much bigger than a simple repair to a single point on your roof. However, it doesn’t have to be as big as people sometimes think. There are plenty of ways that you can reduce the size of a roof replacement if you are in a hurry or if you just want to get the job over with as quickly as possible.
A roof replacement typically involves tearing everything off the roof except for the rafters and the end cap, which are often left attached. This can include all of the shingles, tiles, insulation, and any other kind of roofing material. Generally, a roof replacement will be completed within one to two days, depending on the roof’s condition and on how much work needs to be accomplished. Sometimes a roofing contractor will advise you to leave the roof alone and wait for the weather to clear (if there’s been significant rainfall or snow), and then complete the job yourself. A roofing underlayment can help you complete the job quickly and easily without having to do any tearing, which can make the job safer for you and the contractor.
If you are trying to replace the roofing materials yourself, there are plenty of things that you can use to make your job easier. If there was any moisture or water leaking onto the roof, using some type of de-grease or high quality roofing sealant can help to prevent further damage. After applying the sealant, it will be important to apply some fasteners to all of the loose debris that was hanging from your roof. Using fasteners such as nails or screws will keep all of the damaged debris from happening again in the future.
Some people like to remove all of the damaged debris from the roof before replacing the roofing materials themselves. This is a good idea if you have an open box home where you don’t have to worry about structural support issues. It can also be a good idea if you live in an area where winter weather is very cold. If you do decide to remove the debris yourself, it is a good idea to wear safety glasses and rubber gloves so that you don’t accidentally damage any more materials during the process.
Another aspect of roof replacement that most homeowners don’t think to ask is the price. In many cases, the cost of a new roof is significantly more than the price of having a leak repaired. Even if you haven’t actually noticed a leak, the chances are high that you have seen the damage to your roof in the form of spider webs, holes, or signs of excessive moisture. Many roofing companies will offer a free inspection of your home to determine the extent of the damage, but it is always a good idea to take some with you when you visit a roof replacement company.
In some cases, the cost of a roof replacement is significantly more than having the shingles replaced. This is because the cost of replacing shingles alone is quite high, while roof replacement can include the cost of the nails, screws, and other materials as well. For this reason, it is generally a better idea to replace the shingles on your own if you don’t happen to like the appearance of the old ones as well as if you aren’t able to afford to replace them. If the damage caused by severe weather isn’t that bad, it is often possible to repair the damaged portion of the roof on your own with do-it-yourself tools and materials.