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Problems With Your Roof? 4 Questions To Ask Before You Reroof

Now that you've been home on lockdown, you may have had time to notice some problems with your roof. If that's the case, it's time to make some plans. The roof is a major component of your home. If it's not in good shape, your home may suffer. This is especially true if your roof develops some leaks. If you've already patched as many spots as you can, it's time to consider re-roofing. Patching doesn't always take care of the problem. If it's time to re-roof, here are some questions you should ask. 

Can You Do It Yourself?

When it comes to re-roofing your home, you may want to save as much money as possible. One way to save money on home projects is to do them yourself. But, that's not always the best option. This is especially true about your roof. When there are a few shingles missing or damaged, you may be able to take care of the problem for yourself. That's not the case for a total re-roofing project. If your home needs a total re-roofing, it's best to hire a contractor for their project. They can identify problems that you might not have noticed. 

Is There Room for Overlay?

If you're looking at re-roofing your home, ask yourself if there's room for an overlay. You don't always need to remove the existing roof. In fact, sometimes it's better if you leave the original roof in place. The existing shingles provide an extra layer of protection for your new roof. But, if there are already several layers of shingles on your roof, you'll need to start fresh. Too many layers of shingles can add unwanted weight to your roof. Your new shingles also might not fit as well as they should. 

Are There HOA Concerns?

When you live in a planned community, you need to think about the homeowners association. Your HOA may have specific guidelines about the roofing materials you use for your home. If you re-roof your home without contacting your HOA, you may face unwanted problems. One of those problems may include monetary fines. You may also need to remove the new material and start over. Avoid the headaches. Talk to your HOA before you re-roof your home. 

Do You Need More Ventilation? 

If your current roof needs replacing due to heat damage, you may need more ventilation. This is especially true if your attic retains heat during the summer months. If your attic doesn't have adequate ventilation, your shingles may crack and curl. The roof subfloor may suffer from heat rot. Before you re-roof your home, check the ventilation. If you need an upgrade, talk to your roofing contractor.They can take care of that during the re-roofing project.