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What to consider

If you’re thinking about buying a new roof, be prepared to pick from possibilities that range from the familiar to materials you never knew existed.

Here’s what you need to consider before making a commitment to a new roof:

 

Roof Slope

The slope of your roof’s surface is a consideration that may eliminate some roofing possibilities, especially if the slope is low.

 

Weather proofing

The prevalent weather conditions in your area also need to be factored in when it comes to finding the right roof for you. The temperature, amount of rain and need for ventilation are all to be considered when making that important investment.

 

Roof installation

The weight of roofing materials is always a concern because the structural framing of a roof is only designed to carry a certain amount of weight. If you choose a material that, combined with the substructure, will exceed that limit, you’ll need to beef-up the framing.

 

Durability

Because installing a roof is an expensive, disruptive job, it’s usually worth it to pay more for materials that have longer life spans—especially if you intend to remain in the house for a long period of time.


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How to Inspect for Damage

Why wait for the drip of a damaged roof.  It’s a good idea to inspect your roof regularly, particularly if you live in areas of the country that experience extreme weather. You can inspect your roof yourself by either climbing on your roof or by using binoculars from the ground.

If you choose to go up on the roof yourself, remember to always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury. See our Safety section for more details.

Here are some things to look for:

• Check flashing for damage or inadequate coverage
• Look under eaves and overhangs for damage
• Examine the overlaps for any mishaps, cracked, curled, torn, or warped edges
• Look for any open seams or joints
• Look for popped or rusted nails or stains around nails (We recommend use of Fixtite fasteners to avoid damage by nailing)
• Look for signs of insects or critter infestation (squirrels love climbing on roofs) near you.