When you need a new roof, it is one of the most expensive construction projects that you may experience.  Not only is it expensive, it is one of the most important decisions you can make for the long-term health of your home.  Not only will a roof keep you dry, it will help your home breathe – keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  A roof is much more than a bunch of shingles. It is a system that includes insulation, ventilation, drainage and also can provide a nice visual frame around your house to enhance the beauty.

There are so many options when it comes to the shingles on your roof.  Items to consider are ice dam prevention, impact resistance, manufacturers warranty and of course color.  We always recommend selecting a contractor who has a certification from a reputable shingle manufacturer. Not only does this enhance your warranty, it ensures that the contractor has been educated on the best way to install the shingles as a complete system for your home.

When do you need to get a new roof?  Obviously, if you see water coming in; but also, if you notice shingle granules appearing in your gutters and downspouts; if you notice curling edges on the shingles; or if you just have some spots where the shingles keep coming loose.  If you think you may just need a repair, have the contractor give you quotes for both the repair and a new roof.  Many times, the new roof is the better decision – particularly if the contractor offers good financing for your project.

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Adam's Helpful Hint:

Before you sign any agreement with a roofer, make sure they look in your attic for signs of water, the status of your insulation and to determine what ventilation is best for your home. Also, if you have skylights, always get new ones installed with your new roof – trying to seal up and repair old ones almost always results in leaking at some point.

Adam Helfman

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