The roof on your home provides protection to the home interior and needs to be properly maintained all year long to provide a good defense. So, when your roofing shingles begin to show their age, get ready to hire a roofer to get your roof back into good condition. Here are some tips and insight to help you know what to expect when your home's roof shingles need replacement.
Hire a Professional for Removal and Replacement
As you search out professional roofers to replace your shingles, it can be tempting to do all you can to save money on the roof replacement. The investment you put into a new roof is worth it in the long run when you don't have continued leaks and damage to your roof and attic interior with a faulty repair job. For this reason, it is essential that your roofing company remove the old shingles before they install the new roofing layers.
Roofing shingles can have quite a weight to them, and when you add up more than one layer on your roof, it can put excessive weight on your home's structure and lead to structural damage. And if you live in a northern climate that sees snow in the winter, the snow added onto your already weighed-down roof can cause a roof collapse. You want to avoid this.
Include an Attic Inspection
When you find a professional roofer to replace your shingles, make sure they inspect the interior attic space in your home during their initial inspection. It is important that your roofer checks and inspects all areas around your roof to make sure they have a good understanding of its condition and any work that needs to be done to ensure its continued protection.
A thorough roofing professional will want to look in your roof space to find any water leaks or moisture damage that indicates a leak. They can also look for interior damage from pests that can put your roof's integrity at risk.
Protect Your Roof For Your Climate
Another important aspect of having your roof replaced is to make sure the new roof installed is sufficient for your climate. The underlayer beneath the shingles may need to provide moisture and ice protection against ice dams if you live in a northern climate. This should be installed along the bottom portion of your roof. Then, if you live in a southern climate, you might consider installing light-colored or reflective shingles to help keep your home cool during the summer months.
For more help, call a roofing contractor.