The roof is one of the most important components of your home because it protects you from the elements and keeps water out of your home. If you need to replace your roof there are some things to keep in mind...
Since replacing a roof is a once-every-few-decades job, be careful on who you hire to do the job because most roofers won't worry about customer sanctification since you most likely won't be a repeat customer. At Stamford Roofing Company, we take every roof replacement job seriously because we care deeply about our reputation. We'll be happy to provide you with references of satisfied customers.
You are permitted to have two layers of asphalt shingles on your roof, so if there’s only one in place now, you can have a new layer installed right on top. The benefit to this is that it can save you some money and it won't be as messy, however, we won't be able to properly inspect and repair the decking and flashing. Since we get a lot of snow in Connecticut, it's best to have the contractor you choose install an ice and water shield. It's basically a rubber membrane used to prevent leaks at the eaves in the event of ice buildup. Also keep in mind that a tear-off gets a lot more complicated if you have something other than asphalt up there: If you can see original wood shingles on the underside of your roof when you’re up in the attic, you’ll need not only to tear everything off, but also to install new plywood decking, which will add more to your overall cost.
To make sure you don’t have to worry about your roof again—and give you some selling points when you’re ready to move—go for top-quality products. Chose products with the longest available warranty as they don't add much to your total cost. If choosing shingles, go with architectural shingles as they are more durable and look better than standard asphalt shingles. You'll also want to opt for copper flashing, the most durable metal for sealing the joints where a roof meets a wall or another roof, which might add $1,000 or more compared with aluminum.
Keep in mind that we are here to help and go over all available options when it comes to replacing your roof. Give us a call at 203-585-4900 and one of our highly qualified roofers will come out to your home to inspect and give you a free estimate.