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Roof Replacement Cost Estimator 


When you decided that you need a new roof and planning for roof replacement then you need roof replacement cost estimator. Several contractors have given you different estimates. How do you know which one is right for you? It is important for you to understand exactly what the contractor is proposing you when making a decision on your roof replacement. There are usually several products/services included on most new roof installation or re-roofing quotes.

SHINGLES: The main primary item for a roof replacement estimate is the actual roofing material. The estimate will list to the manufacturer and what type of shingles the contractor intends to use. It can include color options or choices if design was part of the initial discussion. The estimate may also indicate the length of the manufacturer's warranty for that type.

FLASHING: If your roof has dormers, chimneys, and walls, then you may see flashing on your estimate. Flashing prohibit water from seeping behind and below shingles, causing water damage to the main structure. Flashing is commonly thin sheets of aluminum or galvanized steel. Most of the professional roof contractors will fashion their own from sheet metal. Flashing is installed over joints in the wall construction and roof. Most possible areas are decks, pipes, chimneys, valleys, windows, dormers, porches, edges and skylights and edges.

UNDERLAYMENT: One item which should be included on almost every roof replacement estimate is underlayment. It is a layer of protective material between the shingles and the plywood or roof deck. Commonly called felt paper, it is the first layer of waterproofing for our roof. A contractor may choose the perfect type of underlayment for your roof replacement on basis of the type of roof and climates in which you live. If you want questions regarding their choice, then they are the perfect resource for your specific project.

DRIP EDGE: Drip edge is another most important and often overlooked part of a re-roofing or roofing job. Even though manufacturers recommend this, and some requires it for a valid warranty, some roofers do not include drip edge on their estimates. This is (Drip edge) is metal strips applied along gutter lines, some rakes and eaves. It prevents water from flowing under the shingles and harming the deck plywood and protects fascia. Take proper care while applying drip edge will lengthen the life of the roofs and further care for the home from water damage.

Drip edge is not so costly to include in a roof replacement job and the benefits greatly out way the cost.

ICE & WATER SHIELD: The main purpose of a roof is to protect the home from the elements; ice, rain, wind, etc. In most of the climates, ice and/or water are main things you can't ignore them. Roofers may also suggest to applying it around chimneys and other possible areas where leaks may occur.

VALLEYS: A valley is the angle created by the intersection of two sloping roof planes in order to give water runoff. Due to amount of water passing through that place of a roof, it is important and good to think how the area will be protected when replacing an asphalt shingle roof.

RIDGE VENT: All roofs must be vented to allow moisture to escape and prevent damage to the the entire home and roof. There are many types of roof ventilation systems available. The very famous are ridge vents. Ridge Vents are installed along the peak or ridge of the roofs and provide space to hot air to escape and draw cool air in the soffit vents.

CHIMNEY CRICKET: If your home has a good chimney, then a professional contractor may recommend you to install a cricket if there isn't one already. A cricket is known as a peaked construction at the back of a chimney to help prevent ice build-up and snow and to deflect water around the chimney.

PIPES AND FANS: Fans and Pipes on the roof must be addressed in the estimate to get actual cost. These are vents that allow air to pass the home from the bathroom, attic, or other household needs. A good roof contractor will indicate how they will treat these during implementing the project. Will they replace with new pipes or keep the same ones, or recommend a different type of ventilation or fan.

WARRANTIES: Most roof replacement estimates will mention guarantees and warranties with limitations and for a specific number of years.

The above points are main parts considered in order to get roof replacement cost estimate.

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