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How to know when your roof needs renovations?

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    You may wonder when it is time to replace your roof. The right time for roofing projects depends on the climate, the location of your home, and the quality of the current roof. Shingles are generally quite durable, but different factors such as weather events, long winters, wind damage, moss growth, falling branches, and ice buildup can speed up the aging process.
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    Since quality products and installation are essential for maximizing the lifespan of a roof, you will want to make sure that you get professional roof replacement contractors. Keep in mind that "professional" does not have to mean "expensive". You can take advantage of the services of Smart Reno to compare bids from roofing companies. Even the best roofers should offer free estimates.

You should consider a new roof as an investment. As important as it is, price should not be the only variable you consider. You will want an experienced roofing contractor who works in your area and has examples of past projects.

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Type of roof material to redo a roof?

For a roofing renovation project, the type of materials that you choose is important. There is no single “best” material, however. You need to select a type that best matches the unique circumstances of your home; something a professional can help you with.

  • Asphalt shingles: Among the most affordable options, asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan in climates with quick temperature fluctuations and long winters. This is a good reason to choose a contractor who works a lot in your city. They will understand the local climate and its effects on the roof and roofing materials.
  • Slate shingles: Much longer lasting than other options, Slate Shingles have a higher upfront price tag, and they cost more to repair. Furthermore, since they are heavy, they come with structural requirements for the roof and frame.
  • Composite shingles: This material performs well in a variety of climates, and they are generally thinner than other options, making them lighter and cost-effective.
  • Rubberized shingles: Ideal for roofs with low slopes and those that are prone to water damage, this option is slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles and other standard options. However, rubber shingles will not weather as much because of sun, heat, ice, or moss growth. Also, they do a better job when it comes to repelling moisture.

Other options, including metal roofs, single membrane roofs, and solar panels, could be the best for you depending on your needs and the type of investment that you want to make.

Here is a breakdown of costs for the different roofing materials and the estimated life span of each.

Material Price Lifetime
Multilayer coating Between $6 and $10 per square foot 20 years
Rubber or bilayer Between $8 and $12 per square foot 25 - 40 years
Asphalt shingles Between $3 and $9 per square foot 15 - 30 years
Wood shingles Between $9 and $25 per square foot 30 years or more
Green roof Between $18 and $37 per square foot Varies depending on maintenance
Metal Depending on the material used (aluminum, steel or copper) Between $5 and $30 / square2 50 years
Synthetic   Between $6 and $10 per square foot 15 - 30 years
 

How much does a roofing project cost?

The price of a roofing project will depend on several different variables. The size of the roof and the type of shingle or material are the main pricing factors. A residential roofing service may also consider things like the location of your home, the cost of inspection, and the number of layers of material that they have to use to complete the job.

A couple of other matters could also affect the price. If you have numerous skylights, chimneys, or vents, the roofing company may charge more for labor costs due to the need for additional customization of process and materials. Also, the slope of your roof could affect both material costs and labor costs. Finally, local building codes may mandate certain types of materials and require roofers to work with certain safety features.

Here is a breakdown of the average cost for a roof project. The ranges are based on size (from smaller to larger).

Type of renovation Predictable budget
Multilayer coating $12,000 to $20,000
Rubber or bilayer $16,000 to $24,000
Asphalt shingles $7,000 to $18,000
Wood shingles $18,000 to $50,000
Green roof $36,000 to $74,000
Metal $10,000 to $60,000
Synthetic $12,000 to $20,000

*For a roof area of 2,000 square feet

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3 tips for completing a cheap roofing project?

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    Depending on the damage, check whether you have to rebuild the entire roof or if you can repair only a few items. In the case of localized leaks, it is sometimes possible to repair a defective shingle instead of reshingling the entire roof.
  • 2
    Choose the material of your roof taking into account its life, the configuration of your roof and the know-how necessary for its installation and maintenance. A less expensive material may be tempting now, but in the long run, is it really the economic choice?
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    Get several quotes from contractors. They should provide you with a free estimate and they can even help you make the best choice; you will be able to take the time to select the roofer who makes the best offer.

Because of their size and materials requirements, roofs are among the most expensive home improvement projects. Of course, you will want to work with quality roofers who can give you materials and labor that will ensure a long-lasting roof.

There are a few options for reducing costs when you get a new roof. The time of year can affect the price tag of your roof. Late summer and early fall is usually the busiest time for roof repair. This means that prices will be at their highest point during this time. If you can wait until after the busy season is over, you may be able to get your roof at a slight discount. Don’t be afraid to ask bidders if they can offer a lower price at a different time of year.

This also means that planning is important for a roofing project. You do not want to wait until the problem is so bad that you need a new roof immediately. Having the flexibility to take advantage of discounted pricing can be an effective way to get the cheapest possible pricing from qualified roofing contractors.

 

How long does a roof last?

The average new roof should last at least 20 to 30 years. While roofing renovations are a relatively pricey renovation project to undertake, you’ll be able to spread the cost over the lifespan of your roof. This is why it’s absolutely crucial to enlist professional help for the job, and ensure the renovation is done properly.

Don’t be surprised if your roof requires maintenance throughout its lifespan. Certain parts of your roof may be more prone to weather damage than others, and it’s important to plan accordingly with the help of a practiced eye for these types of things. Like any renovation project, the planning and careful consideration of all the variables at play will maximize the value of your investment, and give you peace of mind for years to come.

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