Roof Inspection

Keeping your roof in good condition is critical. Whether you are looking to impress your neighbors, liven up the exterior, or improve the value, the first thing anyone sees is the exterior.  A safe and properly ventilated roof in good condition increases the value of your house. Most first time home buyers overlook this step, which is why we recommend a roof inspection before any purchase or sale of a home.  While a good roof may last over 20 years, having your roof inspected after every few years will certainly increase its lifespan. Again, an inspection can save you the dear costs of having to replace the entire roof by doing repairs on the existing one.

Midwest Roofing contractor inspecting shingles on a deeply sloped roof.

What Is Included In A Roof Inspection

A roof inspection is a process of determining the level of integrity of a roof; its wear and tear levels, how long it can last, and whether or not it needs repairs or replacement. Roof inspectors use special procedures to determine the lifespan and condition of a roof without having to tear into it. The procedures include looking for any wear and tear signs on every roofing material like the shingles. The chimney, fascia, skylights, vents, gutters, and downspouts will also be looked at to find out any wear and tear on them. They also look for any signs of damaged flashing points or if they are missing altogether.

While roof inspectors can assess your roof visually, they also use special equipment including binoculars. Factors like the type of roof you have, its slope, and the size of your house may determine the charges you will pay for a roof inspection. However, many roof inspectors have a flat rate.

Roof inspectors will use infrared roof inspection when they are unable to assess the roof themselves. They use infrared rays to find exact parts of the roof at lower or higher temperatures than the other parts of the roof. This way, the inspectors will know where heat is escaping more than other areas. It would mean, therefore, that there is a weakness and wear on that area of the roof. When using infrared inspection, the inspectors don’t even need to touch the roof’s surface to assess its integrity. In most cases, such inspections are priced differently from standard checks.

Shingles slightly lifting and in need of replacement. Identified during a routine roof inspection.

Types Of Roof Inspections

The types of roof inspections depend on the roof materials. For instance, an inspector will check for rot on wooden shingles; fiberglass shingles inspected for cracks while metal roofs are inspected for rust. Depending on the climatic conditions of where you are, roofs should also be inspected for moisture damage, blow offs, and tear. It is advisable, therefore, that you look for a roofing inspector with inspection experience around your area and your roof type. It is also worth noting that roof inspections rates may depend on the expertise needed to work on a particular type of roof. Also, some roof inspectors will charge a little more for an attic-view interior roof check.

However, you need to beware of contractors with limited experience. Be sure you are hiring a reliable, reputable, and established professional roofing inspector. You, therefore, need to do your homework before hiring one and it wouldn’t hurt to ask for references.

Material Prices For Roofing

Material Prices For Roofing And Replacement

Whether you are first time homeowner or a veteran, there are other roofing materials that you need to consider beyond the US standard of asphalt. They include clay type which are made from natural clay, slate which are also made from natural clay but processed differently, wood shake made from natural material such as redwood and cedar and concrete that mimics the appearance of ceramic tiles or wood. The cost of these roofing materials varies depending on quality and size of the material.

Steep roof ready to be refinished.

Additional Roofing Factors To Consider When Choosing A Roof For Your Home

Accessibility

If your roof is difficult to access or if there are power lines or tree branches near, the cost of roof installation or replacement will increase.

Type Of Home

The overall design of your house will determine how much it will cost to install or replace your roof. If your house roof is too steep or if it is too tall, there will likely be an added labor cost associated with the replacement of addition of tiles here. Additionally, if the roofing contractor needs to rent specialized equipment such as a life, they will pass that cost down to you. 

Structural Issues

No licensed and insured roofer will replace or install a roof on a home with structural damage. Check with your local home inspector to determine if your home has any structural weaknesses.

Permits and Licenses

The overall cost of obtaining permits and licenses will likely be rolled into your quote as the roofing contractor is required to have these permits as a part of doing business. Again, it may be useful to check with a home inspector if any specialty permits are required for your project.

Roof Replacement vs Re-roofing

If you are planning to replace your entire roof with a new one, you will have to pay to have the old roof removed which includes the cost associated with removing your old asphalt. However, if you only have one layer of asphalt shingles on your home, then an additional layer may be placed over them pending the weight limitations of your homes construction.  You will have to factor in the cost associated with disposing the old roofing material, and purchasing the new material if you are going for a full roof replacement. The slope and pitch of the roof can also increase the cost.

Flashing And Gutter Replacement

Experts recommended that you should have the professional replace your flashing and gutters when installing or replacing your roof. If you have both of them done at the same time, the cost of installing them will be reduced when you bundle services together. 

Warranties

It is very important to consider the warranty that the manufacture and the contractor gives you for the products and services rendered respectively. Be very careful and read details carefully to know what the warrant covers and for how long.

Final Verdict For Roof Replacement and Re-roofing

In conclusion, if you are thinking of installing a new roof or replacing the old one, there are various factors that you need to consider as mentioned above. To get the best deal, be patient and conduct your own research to know exactly what you are getting into before you make your final decision.

Roof Remodeling and Shingling

Introduction to Roof Remodeling

The roof plays a very important role in every homeowners house. It not only helps to protect your home from harsh conditions, but a roof also prevents moisture from damaging your home. If you’re in the position of designing your first home, or replacing your roof for the first time, then before we get started we have to tell you that roof installation and replacement is very costly.  The main charges involved will be the labor as and the material.  

The labor charges associated with this are extremely high because you need a qualified and licensed team to deconstruct your roof and put a new one on in about a week or so. The expedition of the roof adds dramatically to labor and really restricts your average DIY’er.

It’s very important to invest in a qualified and insured roofer (even if it costs a few hindered more) when building or remodeling your house. While the average homeowner might consider this to be a huge burden, home buyers always look at the age of a roof to determine if a home is a good buy. Investing in a new roof can go miles, when trying to sell your home. That being said, where do you start when installing a new roof?  How do you know if you need a new one or to just refurbish your existing roof?

Roof Shingles Being Installed by a Roofing Contractor

New Roof Costs

Always collect at least 3 estimates when it comes to scouting out the local cost of a roofing job. Normally, I would give our readers our customers an estimated price t o expect, but since the primary cost in roof repair or replacement is the manual labor associated with it, the prices vary regionally by a significant amount (+/- 20%).  

Factors which you can control, and that you need to consider before are complexity, size slope, ventilation, underlayment and accessories, and most importantly, labor. 

Metal Versus Asphalt Shingles

When choosing the type of roofing material to install, there are really only two popular options in the United States. They include asphalt shingles and metal panels. Statistics have shown that over 70% of all houses in United States use asphalt shingles.

Asphalt is very affordable, easy to install and are visually appealing compared to metal sheets. However, metal roofing is becoming more and more popular due to the reduced cost of materials, and reduced installation cost.

 

Energy Efficiency

When it come comparing how energy efficient these two types of roofs are, metal roofing has the upper hand. Metal roofing can save up to 40% of your energy cost. Reflective metal roofing can help to cut down you air conditioning cost while the emissive metal roof helps to lower hot temperatures a well as cut down on greenhouse gases. This means that if you choose metal roofing, then you will greatly cut down on your energy cost and also lower pollution levels.

Other Important Factors To Consider

Weight of Roof

Many people think that asphalt shingle are lighter than metal roofing but that is not the case. In fact metal roofing is far much lighter that asphalt shingle asphalt shingle weighs about 2-4 pounds per square foot while asphalt shingle weighs about 1.5 per square foot. This means that metal shingle has an upper hand because it can be installed over an existing roofing without piling too much pressure. On the other hand, if you decide to install asphalt shingle, you will be forced to remove the entire old roofing material before you start new installation. This means that you will cater for the added cost associated with removal and disposal of old roofing.

Paint And/Or Finish of Roof

Metal roofing can be painting in any color of your choice there are two types of color coats, including low quality and premium quality. You will have to dig deeper into your pocket to buy premium quality paint but the painting will last for a lifetime.

Professional Installation

Although it may look simple, roof installation is a very complex procedure that requires the services of a professional who is experienced well trained and skilled. It is not something that you can wake up one day and decide to do it by yourself. You need to hire a professional roofing contractor with excellent background knowledge and experience to do the work for you.