Roof Replacement

Storm Damage? Here’s What to Do

Storm Damage? Here’s What to Do

A roof doesn’t last forever and at some point a homeowner will need to look at replacing it.  When that time comes you will probably be filled with questions and wondering where to start.  Here are some steps you can take when getting your roof replaced.

Start with an Inspection

Once you have chosen a contractor or your insurance has referred you to one they are going to start with inspecting your roof.  They are going to look at all the different parts of your roof such as the gutters, downspouts, flashing, vents and skylights if you have them.  They are going to look for storm damage, holes, leaks, weakened areas and anything else that will affect the job of replacing your roof.  Once they have finished they will go over with you what they found, what it means and what comes next if you decide to go forwards.

Working with Insurance

If you are replacing your roof because of storm damage then you are probably working with an insurance company.  Your insurance will send an adjuster to come out and inspect your roof themselves.  After both the roofing contractor and insurance company come to an agreement as to the extent of your damage then they will come to an agreement on an estimate.  Insurance companies can drag out the process, especially if they have lots of claims to process after a storm.

If you have a mortgage on your property then the bank or mortgage company will be apprised of everything that is going on.  If you’re insurance company sends you a check for repairs it may even be made out to both you and the mortgage company.  While the roof is being replaced your contractor may find additional problems that couldn’t be detected on the original inspection, if that happens then you will have to go back to your insurance company and amend the claim.  Working with insurance companies can be trying but it is still better than having to pay out of pocket.

The Replacement Process

Whether you can live in your house while the roof is being replaced will depend on the extent of the damage, both the insurance company and the contractor will let you know.  The process can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  A roof needs to be installed according to local building codes and the specifications of the manufacturer of the materials.  Also check into the warranty coverage in the event that something goes wrong after the replacement is complete.

Replace or Repair Your Roof

Replace or Repair Your Roof

As a homeowner you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of every part of your home including the roof.  When something goes wrong with the roof you need to get in touch with a roofing contractor so they can come out and assess the problem.  Once they have a look you could find yourself faced with the decision of whether to replace or repair your roof.  Here are some tips to keep in mind before you make up your mind.

The Materials

Replacing your flat roofing Calgary  is an expensive undertaking and the biggest thing affecting the cost is the material you choose.  You should understand the options that are available to you especially if you need to replace your entire roof.  There are a variety of different materials you should familiarize yourself with along with a rough idea of the cost and how long they will last.

Asphalt shingles are the most common and your least expensive option, at the same time there isn’t a lot of variety of style.  Metal roofing has become extremely popular especially on commercial buildings and it will last forever.  Metal roofs are more expensive than traditional shingles but you have more options for color and style and you really never have to worry about maintenance or replacement.

If neither metal nor asphalt shingles are to your liking then you do have the option of slate or ceramic roofing tiles.  Slate has been used for years in the Northeast and it looks fantastic, you will find it part of many of the historical buildings throughout New England.  Here is a closer look at the options for roofing materials.

To Strip or Not to Strip

If you are going to replace your roof then you need to consider whether you need to strip off the old roofing materials or if you can lay the new shingles right on top of the old ones.  Your roofing contractor should be able to tell you if it is possible or not, if it has already been done in the past then you’re going to need to strip off both layers of old shingles.  Too many layers of shingles makes your roof heavier and if you have an older home then it can affect the overall structure.  If it can be done then take advantage it will save you a ton of money.

Understanding the Price

It goes without saying that replacing your roof or re-roofing is a pretty big expense.  There are several factors that will affect the price such as the size of your home and the materials that are used.  Make sure that you are prepared by getting a couple of different quotes.