Since getting a new roof is something you probably don't do too often in your lifetime, you may wonder what to expect. The process may seem overwhelming, especially since a new roof is usually quite expensive. Your roofer will answer any questions you have before work begins so you're fully prepared for the work to be done. Here are a few things you might want to know about getting a new roof.
1. Deck Repairs Might Be Needed Too
If the asphalt shingles on your roof were leaking, the deck under the shingles might have water damage. If that's the case, the roofer can replace the damaged deck with new plywood. If your old roof wasn't leaking, then the deck might still be in good shape.
If your deck doesn't have any damage, there is no need to replace or repair it just because of age. Your roofer inspects the deck carefully to make sure it's in good enough shape to be covered up for several more years.
2. There Is Ideal Weather For Installing Shingles
Roofers work all months of the year, so you could have your new roof put on during any season. However, asphalt shingles need to be installed during a specific temperature range. The shingles get too brittle in weather that's very cold, and the shingles are easier to damage when the outdoor temperature is too hot. Plus, the roofer uses adhesives that perform best in certain temperatures.
Still, you can probably have your roof installed any time of the year as long as the temperatures are not extremely cold or hot and the weather is dry. Your roofer lets you know the suitable time for installing your roof based on the type of shingles you buy and the manufacturer's guidelines.
3. The Installation Process Is Disruptive
If one of your neighbors has ever gotten a new roof, you know how noisy the work can be. The noise is even worse when the work is going on above your head in your own home. You may want to go elsewhere during work hours so your family and pets can stay calm. Fortunately, the work should be completed in a couple of days, so the disruption is short-lived.
4. Your New Roof Should Come With A Warranty
Have the roofer explain the warranty if needed so you know what to expect in the future if your roof has damage. Your homeowner's insurance usually pays for damage from a storm, while the manufacturer's warranty pays for damage due to faulty shingles. The roofing contractor may also provide a warranty for workmanship.
Also, know how to care for your roof so you don't void the warranty. Neglecting repairs or undertaking DIY repairs might result in a claim being denied when you need it most.
To learn more, contact a roof contractor.