Need A New Roof? Here Are A Few Tips To Know

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If your roof is getting old, you may want to think about putting on a new one before it starts leaking. The roof will eventually wear out, and it may happen when you are short on funds. It's better to prepare ahead of time so you can save money for the project and schedule it at your convenience. Here's what you need to know about getting a new roof.

Condition Of Your Roof

If you're not sure about the age of the roof, you can inspect it to determine the condition of the shingles. Look for shingles that are curled up on the ends, bare from loss of asphalt granules, cracked, or missing in several places. Go in your attic and look for signs of moisture where rain has seeped through. Look up at the roof for pinpoints of light caused by gaps in the roof. If you can climb up on the roof, check the condition of shingles in valleys and the flashing around the chimney and pipes. If your roof looks old and run down, especially when compared to a newer roof in your neighborhood, it's probably time to replace it. You can call a roofing contractor to inspect your roof, offer advice on it's replacement, and give you a quote.

Best Time To Replace Your Roof

You can have your new roof installed during all seasons of the year, depending upon weather conditions. Spring rains may cause delays, and freezing temperatures and snow in the winter will cause work to be postponed. Fall is the perfect season for getting a new roof installed because the weather is calmer then, and you'll have a new roof to make it through the harsh winter months. However, it is also a busy time for roofers. If you want to replace your roof during the autumn, plan on booking the roofer several weeks in advance.

Early spring is another good time to get a new roof. If you wait too long, roofers start to get busy again as people call for new roofs before the spring rains begin. Summer also provides a window around the holidays when other people are on vacation and not worrying about installing new roofs. The advantage to getting a new roof installed during the slow periods is you may get a break on the cost. Roofing companies sometimes run special deals to get more business during the weeks when work slows down.

Benefits Of Planning Ahead

When you understand that roofers have busy and slow seasons, you can see why it's helpful to plan your roof installation in advance. If your roof fails and spring rains leak into your attic or summer storms rip off more loose shingles, you'll be looking at the need for an immediate roof replacement. You may have to pay more if you need work during the peak roofing season, and even worse, you may not be able to find an available roofer for several weeks.

Planning your roof replacement well in advance allows you time to save money for the project. If you wait for your roof to develop leaks, you could end up with rotting wood on the deck and in your attic that drives up the cost of the repairs. Contact a company like Alpen Roofing for more information.

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