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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Replacing A Roof

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Embarking on a roofing project can be frustrating, and some may not even know where to start when it comes to re-roofing. There are a few major factors to consider when replacing a roof. Homeowners should start the process of re-roofing by asking whether the job is completely necessary. A lot of people confuse signs of damage with an imminent need for replacement. In reality, roofs that are younger than 10 years could simply need professional repair work instead of a full replacement.

Re-roofing should only be considered if there is significant damage, the roof is older than 10 years with signs of damage, or homeowners notice interior problems like leaking. If a home needs to be re-roofed completely, it's best to choose a licensed Raleigh roofing professional to tackle the job. Once homeowners decide that they need to replace the roof completely, they should research the different types of roofing materials thoroughly.

Roofing materials fall into a few basic categories: asphalt shingles, wood, metal such as copper or galvanized steel, tiles, and slate. Not every type of roofing product complements every type of roof. For example, slate is extremely heavy and should only be used on homes with dependable infrastructures. Asphalt is cheaper, but some homeowners dislike its less attractive quality and the fact that it requires more maintenance.

The roofing experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh can assist you with any questions regarding gutters or decks.

Consumers should also consider weather resistance, durability, longevity, and cost when weighing the pros and cons of roofing materials.

When calculating cost, homeowners need to factor in not only the commercial price per square foot but whether this amount includes installation. Some roofers build in the total cost as one set price, but others may charge for the roofing material itself plus added features like flashing, weatherproofing, and building felt. Labor may also cost extra during rush orders or roofing projects that take a significant amount of time like slate installation.

The final factor that homeowners should consider when re-roofing is actually one of the most important. Choosing the right contractor for the job ensures that the project is completed correctly the first time. There may be a dozen roofing companies within city limits, but consumers need to conduct in-depth interviews to see how each contractor handles their particular type of roof and roofing materials. Asking detailed questions at the start prevents problems in the long run. Consumers should also ask for recommendations from friends and verify the contractor's licensing and insurance documents.

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