Roof renovations can be a daunting task. Only when renovating your home’s roof do you realize how much protection the roof offers; the elements are no joke!
However, if you let the standards of your home’s roof slip, you’ll be in for a nasty surprise; roofs are cause for much despair as cracked tiles, inefficient waterproofing and old ceilings can drastically devalue your property. Whether you are looking at selling your home, hope to sell it in future, or you’re looking for a safe and comfortable environment in which to live, the roof needs to be properly maintained at all times.
However, you may need to renovate your roof as a result of ill-maintenance or home extensions. You may even look at re-roofing the home because you want the roof to be made of easy-to-maintain substitutes. In any event, re-roofing and roof renovations don’t require drastic changes in the home if you manage the renovations properly. For this reason, make sure that you follow this simple checklist to ensure a quick, effective roof renovation or complete re-roofing.
Why Do You Need To Renovate Your Roof?
Simply asking yourself this question may limit the amount of work needed on your home’s roof. Are you considering roof renovations due to cracks or leaks? Do you want to replace the insulation in the roofing? In these events, a roofing contractor can ensure that these issues are dealt with without you forking out the money for a complete revamp.
However, if you are looking to improve the quality of the roof, complete with a fresh, remodeled look, you may want to consider replacing the roof altogether. Additionally, if cracks and leaks are a continual problem, a complete roof renovation will eliminate these issues for many years to come, and will boost the resale value of the home considerably.
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, you should consider a complete re-roofing roof renovation:
- Do you want a brand-new looking roof with energy-saving easy-to-maintain materials?
- Does your roof continually leak at different points (chronic leaking)?
- Is there an airflow insulation issue throughout the whole house? This can be a result of old roofing manufacturing methods and associated insulation problems.
Do You Require A Roofing Contractor?
Naturally, we’d reply ‘Yes!’. There are a number of reasons for this response though. You may think that if you do the re-roofing and roof renovations yourself (or hire some help off the street), you’re cutting costs. Initially, it may look like the better offer. However, a roofing contractor is proficient at his job, and choosing the right roofing contractor will ensure that the job is done properly the first time.
Additionally, the job will be done quickly, reducing the time required for you to readjust your living conditions for the re-roofing. The roofing contractor also has his/her hands on the finest roofing materials at lower prices, making the whole re-roofing experience a lot cheaper.
When choosing the right roofing contractor make sure of the following:
- There is evidence of a portfolio of roofing jobs that the contractor has completed in the residential industry.
- The contractor has the insurance cover necessary in case there are unforeseen mishaps.
- Is the company owner supervised? Often the bigger contractors will put the least qualified teams on a residential remodeling without managerial or owner supervision.
What Kind Of Roof Do You Need?
So you’ve made the decision to go ahead with a roof renovation or re-roofing project. Now comes the hard decision of determining the kind of roofing that you need. The normal roofing substrate for the domestic industry is that of clay or concrete tiles. This option is one of the more expensive, however tiles are long-lasting, are good looking, and assist in the insulation of the home.
Another option is that of metal roofing. This is becoming especially popular in South Africa due to access to sheeting materials and the minimalist modern look of metal roofs. Additionally, the choice is relatively inexpensive, easy to maintain and clean, and easy to repair.
Slate options are also popular, but can be incredibly expensive. The look is very natural, is fire resistant, and has the best waterproofing and insulation qualities. Asphalt shingles have similar properties but at a more cost efficient rate of installation. Asphalt shingles are also a little more modern looking and can be coated with your favourite colours.
Make Your Decision!
It is important to make a decision toward remodeling and renovating your roof sooner rather than later. Due to the unstable economy and the impending land reclamation policies in South Africa it is important to look after your assets more than ever. If you are hoping to emigrate or downscale it is important that you get the most money from your home possible. By renovating your roof you’ll be improving the value of your property tenfold.