Roofing is a key feature of your home. We may focus on a roof’s color and texture but your roof’s first priority is keeping your home and family dry and healthy. A roof should be inspected every year and repaired promptly, to get the maximum useful life from this home feature. Ultimately your roof will reach it’s end of life and you’ll need a new one.
Roofing Material Choices
We can help you determine when you need to replace your roof and how to evaluate different roofing materials. We monitor new roofing materials like shingles that reflect sunlight to reduce your energy costs, and explain your options with the pros and cons of each roofing material.
- Asphalt or fiberglass shingles
- Wood shakes
- Clay roofing tile
- Concrete roofing tiles
- Metal roofs
Decisions When Replacing a Roof
The quality of the roof installation is just as important as the materials. You want to work with someone who takes the time to understand your home and the type of weather your roof must withstand from strong wind gusts to lack of sunlight so snow lingers for days and weeks with occasional water leaks. Here’s a quick checklist of what’s involved in replacing a roof.
- Review your roof and any exterior water leak problems. You may also want to address attic insulation and ventilation, and whether you want to add skylights if your attic is finished.
- Establishing your roofing priorities – starting with aesthetics (color and texture), you also want to consider how much maintenance you’re willing to perform, energy efficient, durability and budget.
- Stripping the old roof is the safest way to replace a roof so you can inspect and repair structural damage which can affect the useful life of your new roof. Some roofing companies will recommend installing a new roof over an existing one to save costs (labor, dumpster rental and waste disposal fees). You need to insure you’re comparing equivalent services when comparing quotes.
- Installation decisions – include where to place the dumpster and materials which will be dropped at the job site.
Tips to Maintaining Your Roof
Roofs are expensive so you want to take care of routine maintenance, to help your roof last as long as the manufacturer says it will. Of course it’s also true that we live on the seacoast, and salt air does have a tendency to accelerate the wear and tear on our home’s exterior materials like your roof, wood siding and paint, decks, etc.
- Inspect your roof each spring, and after storms. You’ll save money by finding and repairing things like missing shingles quickly.
- Inspect your roof from your attic – look for black marks where water is leaking, or stains on drywall if you have a finished attic.
- Check your attic periodically for high humidity which means you need more ventilation. You can’t avoid humidity coming from finished living space below, so you want to make sure you’ve got enough ventilation to remove it before damage occurs.
- Monitor your home’s roof for typical problems like excess debris from trees, moss growing on your roof which is never good or ice dams in the winter. Each of these problems will have a negative effect on your home, and Greene Construction can help you find the optimal solution to prevent these problems.