How to Buy a New Roof
Life in the Mid-Atlantic means that unpredictable winter weather can cause significant damage to your roof. While it’s possible to repair some roof damage, at some point, you may be presented with a situation that requires more than few replacement shingles.
Buying a new roof is a significant investment, and it’s important to understand the types of roofing that are available, how long the process will take, and what it will end up costing.
4 Tips for Buying a New Roof
1. Get a Cost Estimate
It’s important to understand the financial cost associated with buying a new roof so that you can budget accordingly.
There are a few factors that will affect the cost of your new roof. The first is the size of your roof, which determines how much underlayment and the amount of shingles you will need. The second factor is the type of roofing. Most homes in the Mid-Atlantic have asphalt roofing because of their resistance to fire and wind.
If your roof was damaged due to fire, wind, or hail, your insurance might help to cover the costs of your new roof.
2. Decide on Your Roofing Material
For many, the most important factor in deciding on a roofing material is longevity. It’s recommended that shingle roofs are replaced every 12 to 20 years and asphalt shingle roofs are replaced every 12 to 30 years. To make sure your roof replacement lasts for as long as possible, you should carefully choose your contractor.
Advancements in roofing technology have helped certain companies design durable shingles. Choose a roofing material that complements your home aesthetic and provides adequate weather protection, based on your location. We’ve mentioned that asphalt shingles are common in Mid-Atlantic homes, but we also recommend slate roofs or cedar shingles. Slate roofs are exceptionally long-lasting, with an estimated life span of 150 years, but are significantly more expensive..
3. Hire a Roof Installer
Once you have all the necessary roofing materials, you’ll need someone to install your roof. While it’s possible to try and install it yourself, it’s advisable to hire professionals to be sure that your new roof is installed correctly. By doing so, you can prevent unnecessary leakage or underlayment damage in the future. Thompson Creek offers comprehensive roof replacement services, from tearing down the old roof to securing the last shingle.
When buying a new roof, we believe that the warranty length is one of the most important factors. Having a no-hassle warranty can help save you money in the future, as damages are protected. Thompson Creek provides a 50-year warranty, which includes roof installation.
4. Be Mindful of Protection & Ventilation
It’s important to be mindful of Mid-Atlantic weather so that you don’t encounter issues with your roof shortly after it’s been installed. An ice and water shield roofing underlayment is important to prevent leaks, especially during snowy or rainy winters. Also, make sure that your new roof provides adequate ventilation to your attic. It’s important to remove excess heat and moisture to prevent mold growth and shingle damage.
Receive a Free Estimate for Your New Roof Today
Buying a new roof can feel daunting without the right support. Thompson Creek has decades of experience designing and installing roofing in the Mid-Atlantic area. Contact us today and let our team of experts provide you with a free estimate.