Common Misconceptions About Reroofing Your Home


The term reroofing usually refers to any type of roofing work or maintenance done on your home, from replacing a few missing shingles to having an entirely new roof installed. Since your home's roof is very important for its insulation and protection, you want to ensure you know what's involved with reroofing. Note a few common misconceptions about this work, and then discuss this work with a roofer as needed, to ensure your home is always protected from the elements and has a strong, secure roof.

You need to match new tiles to the old

When your home needs new roofing tiles or shingles, you may need to use the same size and thickness as the old tiles so that they attach properly and provide adequate protection where they're installed. However, don't assume you need to use the same brand of tile; many roofing shingles are made with standard measurements and colours, so you can easily match new tiles with the old, even if you've forgotten the brand or the roofing company that installed your current roof.

You can continuously add layers to a roof

Very often, you won't need to have your home's current roof torn off so that a new roof can be installed; you can usually layer the roofing material by adding new tile, a type of latex or foam spray, or metal sheeting that is installed over the current roof. While this is more affordable than having a roof torn off and replaced, most local areas will have building codes that dictate how many times this can be done. Check with a roofer or the government office that issues building permits to find out if you can add another layer to your roof, given the current number of layers and local regulations.

All sprays add to the insulation and strength of a roof

Some latex or foam sprays, as mentioned, can be put over the roof so as to fill in gaps and other damage in the roofing material. These can also protect roofing tiles from being exposed to the elements. However, a colour spray that is added just to make a roof look better will rarely add to its insulation or strength. It will also usually be too light and thin to fill in gaps between tiles, or holes in the flashing or roofing paper underneath the tiles. If you're concerned about using a spray to fix the roof or improve its structure, be sure you discuss your options with a roofer rather than assuming all sprays are alike.


28 June 2017

Replacing Roofing: A Blog

Hey! Welcome to my blog. My name is Walter and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. Last year, I woke up in a state of shock. The roof of my home had collapsed. I walked out into what use to be my living room only to discover a complete disaster zone. There were bits of slate and wood everywhere. Thankfully, no one in my family was injured. I called in a local roofing company and I worked with them to replace the roof. I learnt a lot about roofing during that week so I decided to start a new blog.