Shingles Roofing – Important Points To Consider
Shingles roofing is a economically viable and effective option when you decide to replace your old roofing. It happens that with time your old roofing suffers the ill effects of aging, gets damaged due to exposure to sun’s ultraviolet rays, cracks and warps due to the prolonged exposure to elements, get broken due impact, curls up as the glue comes off or gets blown away in strong winds or hurricane. Either you or your roofer has to take a call on roof repair or roof replacement. The first option is a lot cheaper but if you roof has lived out its life then replacement may be the way to go.
Once the decision to go in for shingles roofing has been taken in it is time to educate yourself. There are number of roofing terms and definitions that you need to know like hip, gable, dormer window, mansard, flashing, drip edge, underlayment, starter shingles, ice shield, ice dam, decking, plywood sheets, sheathing, felt, roofing nails, valley, ridge cap, ventilation, attic vents, ridge vents, 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, laminated shingles, 3-dimensional shingles, roofing gutters and so on. Your roofer will be using these terms and it will helpful for you to know about these so, you are not all at sea.
There are other terms used in shingles roofing industry called square and bundle which you need to buy when you shopping for shingles. A roofing square is equal to 100 square feet and roofing shingles are sold in bundles. Each bundles usually has enough shingles to cover one roofing square. The bundles are packed so, a person can easily lift them. Heavier shingles are packed less in number in a bundle and 3-tab shingles are just enough to cover one square of roof. So, if you plan to purchase the heavier shingles like architectural shingles or laminated shingles you will need more bundles to a square. Also, with more complex features on the roof like chimneys, skylights, dormers etc you will need extra materials. You should also factor in wastage due to breakage or cracking while working with shingles.
You might be under the impression that the best brand or make of roofing shingles is the most important factor in a roofing durability. Yes, they are crucial factor but the more important point is installation of roofing. Bad installation can cut your roof’s life by several years. Faulty shingling can cause more damage to the roof. So, it is imperative that you choose the right roofing contractor who has years of experience, has the requisite expertise and training and who comes with right references. It is also important that the roofer follows all the norms and guidelines set down by the roofing manufacturer for installation of their roofing systems. Failing to follow them leads to voiding of the warranty. It means if your roof has any defects the maker might refuse to replace them.
Before installation it is important to plan a checklist of the tasks to be done and verify that the roofer is doing all that is required to be done like laying of starters, applying flashing around chimneys and valleys etc, installing the ice and water shield, overhang of the shingles overs the drip edges, ridge vents, installation of ridge caps and so on. You should be able to get a thorough checklist from any roofing website or experienced roofer. You don’t need to be a busy body and interfere in the work of the roofer but at the same ensure that they are doing a good job.