If you are shopping for a new roof, make sure you get the best deal for your money. Adding value to the replacement is one way to do this.
1. Choose a Tear-Off
You may be given the option of a re-roof or a tear-off. Although a re-roof is usually less expensive, a tear-off is a better value in the long term. Re-roofing means that the new shingles are installed over the old ones. Any leaks or damage to the underlayment or roof sheathing won't be addressed, and a re-roof doesn't last as long as a tear-off. In a tear-off, all the old shingles are removed and repairs are made to the structure beneath. Then, new underlayment and shingles are installed.
2. Skip Cheap Shingles
Don't opt for the cheapest shingles on the market. This is a false economy that will likely cost more in the long run because you will need to replace the roof sooner or perform more frequent repairs. Three-tab fiberglass and asphalt shingles in medium quality are a good option if you have tight budget constraints. For a larger budget, consider architectural or coated shingles.
3. Order Some Extra
One of the most frustrating roof repair issues is when a few shingles suffer damage but the manufacturer no longer produces shingles that match your roof. This can make small repairs difficult, and mismatched shingles may negatively impact both the appearance and value of your home. Ask your roofer to order some extra shingles. You can store them in your garage or shed so that you have them on hand for any small repairs over the years.
4. Protect the Edge
The edge of the roof is often at the highest risk of moisture damage. Rain and dew often collect along the roof edge, particularly if there are ever any issues with the gutter system. Ice dams can also plaque roof edges. Installing an ice and water shield along the drip edge of the roof helps guard against damage and prolongs the life of your roof.
5. Prevent Roof Growths
Moss, mold, and algae leave unattractive stains on your roof. Moss can also cause damage, particularly if it gets beneath the shingles and causes them to lift and break. You can prevent the growth of moss and similar by having zinc strips installed at the same time as your new shingles. These strips are installed near the peak of the roof. The zinc leeches out slowly and invisibly over time, killing moss, mold, and algae before they have a chance to grow.
Contact a roof replacement contractor in your area for more assistance.