Things You May Want To Ask Your Roof Contractor Before You Get A New Asphalt Shingle Roof

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Roofing for the Here and Now The roofing industry has changed quite a lot over the years. These days, homeowners are rarely opting for the standard, 3-tab shingles that were so popular a few decades ago. Instead, they are going with architectural shingles, and in some cases, with even more eco-friendly options like green roofing or slate. Whether you're shopping around for a new roof or are thinking of having repairs made to your current roof, it pays to be educated. Learn the basics on this blog, where we discuss roofing in the modern world. We explore various roofing materials, roofing techniques, and how to find the right roofer.



If you're thinking of getting a roof replacement, talk to a roofing contractor first to learn as much as you can about your roof and what will happen. If this will be your first roof replacement, you may be nervous about spending so much money when you don't know a lot about roofing. Here are some suggestions for things to ask your roof contractor about.

If The Roofer Needs To Replace Any Of The Deck

Your roofer will check the deck as best as possible while it's covered with shingles. The roofer may use a thermal camera or moisture meter to look for water damage under the roofing. However, the roofer may not know for sure if any of the deck needs to be replaced until the old roofing is off so they can see the deck.

Even if part of the deck is bad, that doesn't mean the entire deck has to be replaced. The roofer can cut out the water-damaged part and replace it with a dry patch of plywood.

If The Roofer Thinks The Roof Has Enough Ventilation

Your roofer can usually tell by looking at the condition of the shingles if there is enough attic ventilation to keep the roof from overheating. If your roofer thinks ventilation should be improved, they can do it when you get your new roof.

This might entail adding a turbine fan that spins in the wind or a solar fan that is powered by the sun. When your roof has enough ventilation, the risk of heat damage and ice dams is lower.

If Newer Types Of Roofing Are Better

If you've had your roof for a couple of decades, you might wonder if there are newer types of roofing shingles available that are more energy efficient or durable. Your roof contractor can explain the different grades of shingles and shingle options so you can select the right match for your home.

High-quality shingles cost more but they have an improved appearance and they're more durable. Plus, you can get asphalt shingles with granules that fight algae or reflect the sun to keep your home cooler.

If Your Roof Needs Underlayment

Asphalt shingles usually have underlayment put down on the deck before the shingles are attached. There are different types of underlayment, but the peel-and-stick variety is common.

This underlayment sticks to the deck and provides a waterproof covering that keeps rain from reaching the plywood if rain gets under a shingle. Underlayment is important since it can prevent water damage to your roof and attic. 

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