Roof Remodeling Tips

If there is one renovation project that we do not recommend tackling on your own, it’s roofing. Unless you’re an experienced builder, DIY projects should not be attempted so far above the ground. However, you can still make a lot of good decisions from the ground before you send up professional contractors. Today we’re looking at general roof remodeling tips, from the roof’s shape, material, and structure to ventilation, contractors, and permits. So if you’re eyeing up your roof and debating potential changes, be sure to check out the tips and tricks below.

Roof Remodeling Tips

Roof Remodeling Tips

1. Examine the roof beforehand. Standing outside and using binoculars, you can scope out potential problems like damaged shingles, missing shingles, and areas without granular covering. Also, venture up to your attic and use a flashlight to check for water damage and stains. Be thorough, because you’ll want to take care of all the problems at one time, while you already have a contractor present.

2. Choose a skilled professional. The quality of your roof can greatly affect the health of your home, so it’s important that you find an experienced contractor. Ask around for recommendations, find a roofing specialist (not a general contractor), and be sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured. For more help regarding this step, check out our post on how to choose a roofing contractor.

3. Follow the applicable rules and regulations. In some areas, you must have a permit before you can begin a roofing remodel. If you’re working with a local contractor, they should be able to help you with this step. You should also check with your local municipal building department to find out how many times homeowners are allowed to re-cover existing roofs with another layer of material (if that’s in your plan, of course).

4. Let your roof breathe. Don’t forget about ventilation, which can reduce heat buildup in the attic, prevent excess moisture, and decrease the likelihood of an ice dam. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a minimum of 1 square foot of free vent area for every 150 feet of attic floor.

5. Make it beautiful. Although your roof’s functionality is most important, take your time and choose materials, colors, and shapes that will complement the rest of your home. Not only will this make your house more attractive (did you know that roofs make up about 40% of a home’s exterior?), but it will also add value to your home, which is important since roof remodels are inevitably quite pricey. Check out our post on types of shingles for roofing to learn more about asphalt, wood shake, and slate shingles.

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I hope these roof remodeling tips have helped you get a firmer grasp on your renovation project. Once the project is completed, be sure to perform essential roof and gutter maintenance to protect your investment and reduce the need for future repairs. Good luck!

If you’re remodeling your house or building a new home and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home (or roof!) of your dreams.