Your bathroom is the first thing you see every day. Bleary-eyed and groggy. And you are tired of it! What can you do? First, come up with between $15,000 and $35,000, which is the low-end cost most homeowners can expect to pay for a moderate bathroom makeover this year. Then consider the following upgrades many of which can be completed by a handy “Do It Yourself” enthusiast such as yourself! 😉
This is one of the most common questions/issues being asked or faced by many homeowners dealing with a leaky roof or one that is starting to show some serious signs of age such as cracking, brittle, chipping and/or missing shingles.
With that being said, let’s put the guess work aside and hear what some of the top ranked roofing experts on our platform have to say in regards to the age old question; repair vs. replace?
Case 1. A Leaky Asphalt (Composition) Shingles Roof:
If your house has an asphalt roof that is at least 10 years or older, and is either starting to leak, with unsightly water damage stains developing in the ceilings near the attic or top floor, or the shingles are starting to show serious signs of age with chipping and cracks visible to the naked eye, then chances are your roof needs to be replaced and you probably should not waste any money trying to repair it something that requires a complete replacement.
But, if your roof is still relatively young (less than 10 years old), and most shingles on seem to be in good shape with no visible cracks or major chipping in the shingles, then you may be able to get a few/several more years of service by properly repairing it, once the cause and location of the leak has been properly diagnosed and identified.
There are numerous high quality, cool metal roofing systems and profiles offering an energy efficient and Eco-friendly alternative to conventional asphalt shingle roofs. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and Galvalume steel, zinc and copper.
Modern residential and light commercial metal roofing systems are generally available as standing seam, batten seam, simulated Spanish tiles, metal shakes, shingles, tiles, and corrugated sheet panels.
For a homeowner who wants to take on the installation of metal roof, an interlocking metal shingles system can be one of the easiest systems to install; It offers simplicity of interlocking design and a wide selection of accompanying metal flashing trim.
What you will find in this guide:
This guide covers installation of an interlocking Metal Shingles system. Photographs and illustrations provided in this guide come directly from one of the jobs installed by New England Metal Roof on a residence located in the greater Boston area.
Step 1: Preparing the roof deck and installing underlayment:
The very first step is to prepare a roof deck for the installation. Metal shingles roof can also be installed over the existing asphalt shingle roof, as well as over any solid sheathing such as boards or plywood, as is often the case in new construction or after tearing off the old shingles.
It is recommended to use a breathable synthetic roofing underlayment as opposed to a regular tar paper that is going to disintegrate, and it could actually stick to your newly installed metal roof from underneath! 😉 Ouch! Make sure that your roof deck is free of any exposed nail heads, then install your underlayment in an overlapping fashion. Use a minimum of six inches of an overlap.