When it comes to roof replacement, a shingle roof must be replaced every 20 years if you are lucky. Some are made to last longer, but there are many variables that will play a part in whether or not this occurs. This article discusses some of them and provides valuable information you can use when it comes time for shingle roof replacement.
There are three main factors you should consider when it comes to shingle roof replacement: causes of damage, types of replacement and contractor requirements. All are important parts of the decision making process and will matter in the end.
There are many things that can damage or even destroy a shingle roof. Weather is, perhaps the main cause. Depending on where you live, you may be subject to natural elements such as: snowstorms, ice storms and tornadoes. All of these natural disasters can destroy a roof and send you scurrying to call your insurance company and contractor right away. Make sure your insurance policy covers such acts as you have absolutely no control over them or the damage they do.
There are different types of shingle roofs. The most common is asphalt. This type is cost-effective and usually contains some type of fire retardant material. This is important as it cuts down on the risk of destruction by fire. Cedar shingles are another option. Though some people prefer them, they are not very fire retardant and, therefore present more of a risk than do asphalt shingles.
Contractor requirements can also make a difference when it comes to shingle roof replacement. Before ever choose a contractor, conduct some research of your own. You will not only want to check on the installation prices, but you will also need to know what requirements each contractor in your area has and how they will affect you. Watch for one contractor who charges significantly more or less than all the others. Chances are there is a reason for this and it isn't always a good one.
Ask questions. Dont be afraid to do your homework and inquire about aspects about which you are unsure. Keep in mind this is your house, your roof and ultimately, your decision. You should be able to make a well informed one and obtain the roof of your choice. You should also be happy with the end result. You want to know the roof is installed correctly so you wont have to worry about any problems occurring on down the line.