There are plenty of decisions to make when installing a new roof, but choosing whether to do a complete tear-down may have the most significant impact on your overall costs. For shingle roofs, you can typically opt to install your new roof over the existing shingles. Although this can save you some money on labor, it's not the right option for all situations.
How Does Layering Work?
The name says it all: when you choose to layer your roof, you install the new roofing shingles over the existing ones.
If you have been told that you need a roof replacement service, it's important to get a few estimates right away. Roof problems get worse over time, and you can end up damaging the interior of your home by ignoring a roof problem. If your roof is already experiencing leaks, your roof is no longer protecting your home. A roof replacement service will come to your home and estimate what the job will cost.
Your roof is designed to handle most snow and ice, but problems can occur if an ice dam forms. These dams allow moisture to seep beneath shingles and into your house.
1. Improve Your Roof Vents
Ice dams are often a result of poor attic ventilation. Hot air from heating your home becomes trapped in the attic where it then melts the snow on your roof too quickly. Once the snowmelt reaches the edge of the roof where temperatures are lower, it refreezes into a dam.
As a property owner, you need to both protect your investment and make sure that your tenants are satisfied. A well functioning roof helps with both of these goals. Damage to the roof can lead to leaks and extensive water damage. If a tenant reports the problem quickly you may be able to avoid the worse of the damage, but not all tenants are equally proactive. Further, roof leaks can be frustrating to the tenants and impact whether or not they renew their lease.