The often turbulent weather will have many folks in metro Atlanta contemplating whether to replace their existing roof system. Replacing a damaged roof is one of the most important projects a homeowner can do to protect their most treasured, and often most valuable, investment. On the surface, a roof replacement may seem to be a relatively straightforward project with very few options. In reality there are actually several things for a homeowner to consider before undertaking this type of project. Since this will likely be the last time you will replace the roof on your current home, it is worth a little extra time to consider all of your options.Look at this now roofing contractors.
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Before you get too involved in selecting some of the items suggested below, you may want to consider a few high level factors that may influence your decision- making process:
Neighborhood – If you are considering replacing your roof, it is likely that some of your neighbors have already done so. Before you get too entrenched in the details of selecting a product and a contractor, take a walk (driving is expensive nowadays!) down your street to see what your neighbors are doing. While you have the ultimate decision as to how you will improve your home, adhering to the norms of the neighborhood will typically help to optimize your return on investment for that project.
Covenants / H.O.A’s – Some neighborhoods with homeowners associations may have restrictive covenants that specify the type of building materials you can use, including
Future plans – How long you plan on staying in the home may play a key role in the remodeling decision making process. While it never makes sense to sacrifice quality in any home remodeling project, your future plans may impact what kind of investment you are willing to make.
Once you have thought about these items, you are ready to move forward with the decision making process:
Type of Shingle:
There are two predominate types of asphalt shingles available today, “3-tab” and “Architectural”.
3-tab shingles have two notches cut into the lower edge so that when it’s laid on a roof it looks like three smaller shingles. When viewed on the roof, 3-tab shingles have a distinguishable, repetitive pattern. Architectural shingles (also known as “dimensional” or “laminate” shingles) have an extra piece of shingle laminated to it to give the appearance of thickness and texture when seen from the ground.
Architectural shingles also do not have the same regular pattern as 3-tab shingles and will give you a more custom look. When considering this type of option, you may also chose from different variations of Architectural shingles called specialty or designer shingles that give the appearance of other roofing materials (Slate, Cedar Shake, etc.) while allowing you with the reliability and durability of an asphalt shingle. Many of these specialty shingles are engineered to last longer than standard Architectural shingles and thus carry even longer product warranties.
If the slope your roof is shallow (20 degrees or less) the type of shingle is not likely to be a strong visual element of your home. From the ground, the most predominate feature will be the color of the shingle. So – for a shallow pitched roof a 3-tab shingle is likely a good choice. If you have a roof with a steeper slope (more common in newer homes), the roof is very likely to be a more predominate architectural feature. In this case, the shingle pattern will be very visible, and the roof itself may be the first thing people see as they drive down the street towards your house. So – for a steeper slope roof, you may prefer Architectural shingles.