The replacement of a roof is an opportunity to change, add, or remove features that affect how comfortable your house and property are. You can add or replace gutters, change the roofing material, and even change the pitch, if you're willing to go through the construction that requires. One relatively simple change is to add overhangs to sides that don't already have them. Sometimes builders actually don't include overhangs on some sides of a house for a number of reasons.
When you're getting a new roof put on, the roofing contractor might use your old flashing if it's still in good shape, or they might put new flashing on. Flashing is an important part of residential roofing because it keeps rain from rolling down a pipe or your chimney and getting in your attic.
You might want a say in the type of flashing the contractor uses if you're particular about the appearance of your home.
When snow is piled on your house and icicles hang from your roof, your home may look like something from a winter wonderland. While the snow and ice may be picturesque, they could signal trouble for your roof. Here's how they are damaging and what you can do about it.
How Snow Can Damage Your Roof
Your roof should be built to withstand typical snowfalls for your climate. If your area has an excessively deep snow, all that snow could put too much weight on your roof.
So you need a new roof. Your first thought may be to have the shingles ripped off and just replaced with new shingles, but there's another option. You could jump on the metal roof bandwagon! You've probably noticed more metal roofs popping up in your neighborhood, but are you ready to take the plunge and be one of those modern homeowners with a roof made from metal? Maybe you are, and maybe you're not.