The roof is probably the most important part of your home, as it's what keeps the elements away from you and your possessions. Unfortunately, they don't last forever, and will eventually develop so many leaks that they need to be replaced. Replacing the roof on a home is a huge hassle, which is why most home buyers aim to purchase properties with new roofs. But what do you do if you really want that Hamilton home or waterfront property in PEI with the bad roof? We'll tell you how to do about replacing it.
The first thing you need to think about is whether or not you're going to need a building permit. Building codes differ depending on where you live, but in Hamilton you only need to apply for a permit if you're making structural changes to the roof. So when you have the contractor out to your London, Ontario property or you're inspecting it yourself, see if you need to replace the actual beams that support the roof or just the shingles. One needs a permit, the other does not.
Frequently, total roof replacements aren't necessary, so before you shell out thousands of dollars (and it WILL cost thousands of dollars) to replace the roof on your Markham real estate, have an expert inspect the roof and see if you can't get by with a few repairs instead. If there's a lot of moisture built up under the roof, more than a few shingles are damaged or missing, or you're noticing a slant or sag in the roof that shouldn't be there, it's probably time to replace the roof.
Replacing an entire roof is not a job for your average do it yourselfer, especially if changes or repairs need to be made to the structural components. To avoid costly and potentially dangerous mistakes, call a professional roofing company that is able to bring in the right equipment (sometimes cranes are needed) to customers' Riverdale real estate. In fact, call several so that you can collect quotes and decide on which company is both reasonably priced and trustworthy. Skimping is not something you want to do where your roof is concerned.
Once your roof has been replaced, there are steps you can take to make sure you don't have to go though this whole costly operation again for a long time. Change your house plans so that they show the new structure in case you need to consult another company later on. Have the roof inspected once a year for small problems that can be repaired before they can turn into big problems, and clean vegetation from your roof each spring before it has a chance to grow underneath the shingles. These tasks you can easily do yourself, you don't need to hire a pro.