There are many areas of protection that your home provides to you and your family. From the windows and walls with their insulation, to the exterior drainage system and the roof, they all take part in full home protection as long as they are maintained and replaced with new materials when needed. The following gives you some helpful hints to use as you plan for and arrange a roof replacement on your home.
Evaluate Roofing Materials
When it is time to replace your home's roof, there are many types of roofing materials you can choose from based on your region and your home. The size of your roof, its slope, and its exposure to direct sunlight and falling leaves may make one type of roofing material more favorable over another one.
Look at the climate of your location and select a roof that is reflective against the sun's UV radiation, for example, or one that protects against ice dams in the winter. If you live in a northern climate, a metal roof can give you durable winter protection with a slope to withstand roof collapses under a heavy load of snow. Or, if you live in a hot desert climate, such as in Arizona or New Mexico, a light-colored roof is going to help reflect the sun's heat from your home and help keep the interior cool during the summer months.
Complete an Inspection
During the roof replacement process, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity for a roof and attic inspection. When your contractor has removed your old roof, including its shingles and underlay, they can take the opportunity to check your roof's structure and roofing deck for any problems that may have formed over the period of time the old roof was in place.
Your old roof may have experienced a leak that seeped into the roof's layers, the decking, and even into the insulation of the attic. And when you don't remove the roof to check the area, any existing damage can go unnoticed and turn into more structural problems with dry rot and environmental hazards in your home with mold and mildew growth. A roof inspection will give you a chance to correct any issues that may have come up, such as poor roof drainage or a valley within your roof that collects leaves and moisture, so you can repair them for the upcoming new roof installation.
For more information, reach out to a company such as Chapman Construction.