Should I get a new roof before selling my home?
This of course depends on the current condition of your roof. Is it faded? Is it leaking? Are there a lot of bent or broken shingles? Keep in mind that if there are only a few areas of concern, you might not need an entire roof replacement. Individual shingle replacement is an option, as is flashing (where the roof meets the vertical plane) repair and leak patches. Get a roof inspection. Then you'll have a much better idea as to the quality and reliability of your current roof and the costs of repairs or replacements.
Now if you're wondering whether or not a brand new roof will add value to your home, the answer is yes. And depending on the type of roof you install, that value can increase dramatically. Take metal roofing, for example. We have installed metal roofing to many homes across Florida out of popular demand. Its coastal appeal and long-term quality make it a must-have for a lot of Florida homeowners looking to buy.
Do I need a new roof if there are leaks?
There are a few more questions to ask. How old is your roof? What's the extent of the interior damage? How many repairs has your roof already received? A few minor leaks can be patched without any significant repair or replacement costs. Some common reasons why your roof is leaking may include previous installation mistakes, missing or cracked shingles, and punctures or holes caused by trees.
If you have several missing or broken shingles, heavy weather damage, or poor attic ventilation, you might want to think about replacement. Call out an inspector to survey the leaks. He or she may find other problems you aren't even aware of.
Do I need to remove my old roof before installing a new one?
In our professional opinion, absolutely.
CG Roofing does not do roof-overs whatsoever. There are major short-term and long-term problems, especially if you’re trying to sell your home. If there is any damage or rotting areas on the current roof, those areas won’t be visible once you add the new layer. Then when you have your home inspection, those issues will come up. Now you have a really big problem to deal with.
Also, two layers of roofing increases attic temperatures dramatically, which in turn lowers the energy-efficiency of the home. And if you do have any beginning signs of wood rot underneath the additional layer, the heat temperature build-up will accelerate that rotting like a catalyst to cancer.
If everything does go well with a roof-over and you don't have problems in the beginning, you're going to receive about half the lifespan of that new layer. As mentioned before, the old layer underneath gets extremely hot and literally bakes the new layer. When it does come time to change a two-roof system, the impact of tearing off both layers, along with additional dump costs, can lead to extremely high costs.
How do I know for sure if my roofing contractor is licensed in the state of Florida?
You can go to MyFloridaLicense.com to search for the roofing business name or business owner's name. Their license type, license number, and license status will be available. For example, here is CG Roofing Group's current license information.
Is there anything I need to do before the roofers gets to work?
The best thing you can do is make your home accessible. Move your cars, outdoor furniture, plants, and anything else that may get in the way of roofing equipment. Also, take off any wall decorations and fragile objects. It's a good idea to clear the attic and cover expensive items in the garage as well.
If you want to protect your lawn from falling debris, you can lay out a tarp. Your roofing contractor will usually provide that. Clearly mark protected plants, sprinklers, and other areas around your yard that could be damaged if avoided. And cut your grass so the roofers can spot and pick up any nails or small pieces of debris.
If you have a fence with gates, make sure they're unlocked. Check to make sure your electrical outlets work just in case they're needed for any power equipment.
Be sure to give your neighbors a heads up. There's nothing like coming home after a long day to an unexpected construction site next door. They may want to prepare in their own ways.
Keep in mind that roofing is loud, so maybe take the kids and pets somewhere else during the day until the project is complete. But it's best if you yourself stay home to answer any questions the contractor may have.
Talk to the Professionals
If you are considering replacement, repair, or even new construction on a home currently being built, they best thing you can do is call out a licensed Florida roofing contractor. They can help you understand all of your best options while still saving money.
CG Roofing is a bonded, licensed, and insured roofing company specializing in commercial roofing services.