As a homeowner, how often do you think about the roof over your head? Probably the only time you’ll pay attention to it is when it needs regular roofing service and maintenance. When it’s time to get it replaced, consider each aspect of the roofing project. You should also prepare yourself for the overall cost of the replacement job, as it often goes beyond the material and labor fees.
It helps to be on the lookout for signs that indicate additional costs for roof replacement. These include:
1. Rotten Plywood & Hidden Leaks
When roofers find rotten plywood underneath the old shingles, it’s typically caused by faulty installation or gradual deterioration that allowed water to seep in. If it’s an old roof, then it’s often expected, but the damage must be replaced before installing new materials. This may not always be part of the overall cost of your roofing project, so expect additional expenses to replace the damaged and rotten plywood.
2. Water Traps
A water trap is caused by poor roof design and workmanship. Unfortunately, this type of damage is often hard to detect until a full tear-off takes place during the replacement process. This should be properly addressed or else it will lead to shingle deterioration near the affected area. This may increase repair costs and even lead to premature roofing and siding replacement.
3. Inner Structural Damage
Typically, if your roof structure is undamaged, then your replacement project will consist mostly of tearing off the old material and placing new material over the existing deck. Some types of damage within the structure are caused by hidden moisture leaks, pest infestation or even excess weight. If this is the case, the entire roof must also be replaced to accommodate new shingles and eliminate any risk of collapse later on.
It is recommended to include a buffer when preparing a budget for your new roof. This way, you can easily deal with any unexpected issues that may arise during the roof replacement process. As a leading local roofing contractor, Window World of Boston can guide you in finding the best roofing system for your needs. Call us at (781) 262-3925 if you’re from Woburn, (781) 343-7129 if you’re in Pembroke or (508) 845-6676 if you live in Shrewsbury. You can also fill out our convenient online form.