Roofing gets taken for granted. One of humanity’s greatest inventions, a good roof helps insulate homes against external temperature changes and protects against weather. Unfortunately, they wear out over time. Eventually, you’ll need a replacement. While a relatively straightforward process, there are things worth keeping in mind. Here’s seven things to consider when you get a new roof in Austin.
Inspect your existing roof. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new addition to the home. Before jumping the gun and deciding to get a new roof however, make sure it’s actually needed. If your current roof is over its 20 to 25 year lifespan, it’s sagging, you can see daylight through your attic boards, or your gutters are full of shingle granules, it’s likely time for a replacement.
The style you want. The cost versus function debate occupies the minds of most homeowners, but another important factor is the look of a home. Not only is picking the right roofing material an important style choice, but an appealing look can raise your “aesthetic value,” making your home more attractive to potential buyers. Some common roofing styles are shingles, metal, and tiles. Make your new roof functional and beautiful.
The installation process can be noisy. The labor required to install a new roof involves a lot of striking and banging, all noise generating motions. It may be a good idea to get away for a little while during construction, especially if you’re sensitive to loud noises. Your neighbors also might appreciate a heads up that the volume will be turned up for a while.
Maintain your new roof. After an expensive roof replacement, most homeowners would shudder at the thought of taking the same blow to the wallet twice. Luckily, there are ways to extend a roof’s life. Make sure to clean clogged gutters, which can cause water damage if left alone. Remove dirt from your shingles. Dirt can lead to algae, moss, lichen, and fungi growth.
Choose a good contracting company. While some may attempt to DIY their new roof, most opt for a professional job. Make sure to research the types of roofing materials your contractor is willing to install. Look to see if the contractor gives fair and honest pricings and that they communicate.
Look at the underlying frame. While replacing your roof can fix leaks and issues, the plywood supporting it may be to blame as well. Before making a decision, make sure to check your roof frame for soft, broken, or disintegrating sheathing areas. If any of these issues are present, replace the damaged part immediately.
Layering or stripping. For some homes, the roofing damage only spans a few minor locations from wind or hail. In this case, getting a new layer on top of the old is a good option. More severe rain or hail damage benefits from stripping old material. Regardless of your decision, remember that most locations only allow up to two layers of roofing.
Ready to get your new roof in Austin? Solar-Tex covers all your commercial and residential needs. We’re located at 2112 Rutland Dr. in Austin. Call us for a free consultation at (512) 371-0399 or fill out our contact form here.