When is it best to get my roof done?...
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PICKING OUT YOUR NEW ROOF....
If you’re like most home owners, you don’t spend too much time thinking about your roof until you realize it’s time for a new one. If it’s time for a new cap, you’ll have a few decisions to make. Here are the main things you need to consider when picking out the best materials.
How strong your roofing materials need to be is extremely dependent on the climate where you live. If your location is rife with strong winds, storms, and natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes, or hurricanes, you’re going to need something that will stay in place without cracking under the pressure. Choosing a very weak roofing material can lead to leaks, cracks, and other problems that can greatly damage your home over time.
Roof Pitch & Frame
How steep you plan your roof and how strong the existing roofing frame is will be a great determiner of the potential materials you can choose from. A very strong, heavy cap made of ticket will require not only specialists to install, but probably additional frame support so it won’t collapse. This can greatly add on to the price. Other materials are more versatile, like metal which can work on virtually any covering plan.
Although important, the aesthetics of your new roof should be low on the consideration scale. Most people will find themselves faced with certain architectural restrictions that limit their choices. Some roofing can be blended into your home’s appearance more well than others. Some covering will also age better than others. Wood, for example, will change colours over the years, often to gray, which may not compliment your home.
In addition to all of these factors, your roofing budget will naturally be an important consideration. In general, the sturdier and thirster lasting the material, the greater the cost. Other extras can also raise the price such as fire retardant treatments, paint, and shingle size. The least expensive are generally asphalt, metal and wood.
Winter - Summer - Spring or Fall...
There really is no worst or best time.
Living in the Haliburton Highlands with harsh winters you are probably wondering why anyone would consider roof replacement in the winter time. Well, it's not that uncommon.
It's never too cold or too snowy to do your roof - and in many cases, roofers prefer cooler weather when installing roofs. Also winter is generally slower and as a result, sometimes this means quicker installation and less waiting for other jobs to be completed.
Winter conditions, in general, make a bad rooftop worse.
If you had a bad roof before winter hit it is only going to be in worse shape once spring arrives. There are many factors that adversely affect your roof in the cold weather. I already discussed ice dams but there’s more. During the winter as the temperature fluctuates it makes your shingles expand and contract causing curling and cracking in older shingles. Now let’s say some of your old cap zoster curl a bit, then you get a nice wet, heavy snow and the weight of the snow causes some of those curled shingles to crack. Now you have a potential new roof leak. Also, when that wet, heavy snow then freezes it will possibly cause even more damage to your old cap shingles. The thawing and refreezing that occurs throughout the winter time is nothing but bad for old shingles. Old roofs hate the cold winters.
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Algonquin Roofing Inc. is a friendly, knowledgeable company with over 30 years experience and they can help you determine what's best for your home, budget and schedule.
The cap on your home is used for protecting your home and family from natural elements such as rain, wind, sun, snow and other changes in the climate. It is important that your ceiling girdle is in good condition to protect your home. A discredited ceiling could cause a lot of problems for your home and valuable belongings. So, if your roof has been damaged from bad weather, needs repair due to faulty installation, or is just old and decaying, it is very imperative that you keep it in good condition.
When it comes to a new roof there are so many options to fit all budgets and homes.
Choosing the best roofing materials is a tough task because it does not only protect your property from the natural elements, it also contributes greatly to the look of the house.