When choosing a new roof for your home, the most important factors to consider are longevity, cost, durability, energy efficiency, and
sustainability of the materials that you choose. All of these elements inform one another.
While the material is incredibly important, the correct installation can make or break your roof (quite literally). Although DIY projects can be fun and cost-effective, don’t install your own roof unless you’re a trained expert.
For example, the durability of your roofing material—or how well it holds up during inclement weather—is ultimately going to affect its longevity. The energy efficiency is going to inform the overall cost—if you choose a cheaper roofing material that is not very energy efficient, your electric bills will be higher.
When it comes to energy efficiency, wood is a natural insulator—wood shingles are naturally about two times as efficient as asphalt shingles. And because they're 100% natural, asphalt shingles are one of the most sustainable roofing materials on the market.
It’s also in your best interest to consult an expert before you purchase your material. You will need to consider the slope of your roof, the style of your home, and what roofing material is best for your climate.
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How long does it take to install a new roof?
It depends on the size of your building. It could take anywhere from one to three, or even more days. In most cases for residential homes, it takes only one day to install a new roof.
How warm does it have to be for shingles to seal?
In spring, two to three days of 45 to 50-degree weather with sunny skies would be good for a roof installation. Shingles won't seal unless they warm to an ambient temperature near 70 degrees.
That doesn't mean it needs to be 70, because solar radiance will heat the shingles even if temperatures are in the 40s.
Is the roof drip edge required?
Without a drip edge, water may end up beneath the shingles and may cause damage to various parts of the home.
Although your home may not have originally had a drip edge installed, drip edges are now required by most building regulations in the UK to protect homes from damage.
How long does a roofing estimate take?
If you are in need of a new roof, perhaps you are wondering how long it takes to get a roofing quote. Depending on how much research you put into the process yourself, you should be able to get a roofing quote in 3-10 days.
We recommend taking the time necessary to find a highly qualified contractor.
How much does it cost to replace flashing on the roof?
If this becomes damaged for any reason, it can cause similar problems to missing tiles, allowing rain into your property.
Fixing damaged flashing should cost a similar amount to missing tiles.
Roof flashing repair costs to replace a metre or so of flashing will cost between £100 and £250.
Is it OK to reroof over old shingles?
The answer is yes, you can lay new roof shingles over old ones. ... You can't do it with wood or slate, for example, and you should never mix materials, such as laying asphalt shingles over cedar shakes.
Also, the old roofing has to be in pretty good condition. Otherwise, you're just papering over the cracks.