As your shingle roof ages, the weather and sun exposure takes its toll. The shingles will need to be replaced at some point. You can make spot repairs due to storm or animal damage, but when the granules wear off and the shingles crack and begin to leak, then replacing the roof is the only alternative. Here are a few things to consider when getting a new shingle roof.
Plan The Work In Advance
Unless a storm blows a large chunk of the roof off or a tree crashes on the roof and you need emergency help, it's a good idea to plan your roof replacement for the off-season. Roofers are usually busy during spring and summer so rates could be higher then. You may even have a hard time scheduling the job since roofers may also be busy with repairing storm damage during those months. However, if your roof is showing signs of serious wear and is leaking, you don't want to put off having the work done for a time when it is the most convenient. It's better to repair the roof as soon as you can so it is ready for the rainy season.
Consider A New Color
Installing a new roof is a good time to think about changing the color scheme of your home. It's a chance to pick any color for the exterior paint you want since you can choose a roof color that complements it. Roofing shingles come in many colors. You may love a particular color, such as green, although that might limit your future colors of exterior paint. You could also choose a neutral color such as tan or white that would go with go with more paint colors. Don't forget to factor in the trees and environment around your home when choosing a new color. If big trees hang over your house that shed pollen or cause shade that encourages algae to grow, then a white roof might show green or black streaks and look bad even when it's new and in good shape.
Prepare Your Yard For The Crew
Make it easy for the crew to do the job efficiently by clearing your yard of obstructions. You may need to park your cars down the street so the dumpster can sit in your driveway and the crew has plenty of room for tossing in old shingles and roofing materials without worrying about your car. You may want to move yard ornaments and lawn furniture out of the way and take your dogs elsewhere while the crew works so the dog doesn't stay upset and bark all day. You might want to leave the house too since putting on a new roof is a noisy process and you'll hear banging and walking on your roof while they're working.
Putting on a new roof should take just a few days as long as the weather cooperates, so you won't be inconvenienced for long. With a new roof, you'll have peace of mind your home is protected from strong summer rains and water damage that can occur when your old roof is leaky.