We talk a lot about roof replacement here at Martino Home Improvements because we feel that it’s important for a homeowner to get familiar with the process long before they have to go through it. The more you know about your roofing needs, the harder it is for a company to come along and rip you off. So today, we want to talk about three things that usually need to be replaced when getting a new roof. Hopefully, we’ll shed some light on the process so you can hire a roofing contractor with confidence.
In order to replace a roof, deteriorated roof edges have to repaired. Usually to repair these, gutters have to be torn off and oftentimes you’ll need new ones. Most homeowners don’t replace their gutters, so they can get pretty beat up by the time you need a new roof. And many times, roofing contractors will find that the gutters are in too bad of shape to be put back up. Now’s the time to change out them out, since part of having a functional roof is having gutters that allow water and snow to drain from the roof.
Fascia and Soffits
Fascias are the end caps that hide the rafters supporting the roof and soffits are the exposed under surface of the overhanging section of a roof eave. Soffits butt up to fascias and fascias are attached to the rain gutters. As mentioned earlier, in the process of redoing your roof the gutters will come off. While the roof is being gutted, it’s a good time to replace broken or water damaged fascias and soffits. Again, this replacement is a part of having a functional new roof that will last you a long time.
Ventilation in the attic keeps hot air out in the summer and moisture out in the winter. The circulation goes through areas like the soffit vents and comes out through vents in the upper roof areas. So if you have moisture accumulation and damage to the roof deck, you don’t have proper ventilation. It’s best to fix this now before the vents start to cause damage to your new roof. These replacements are important to having a functioning and long lasting roof. So if your contractor starts talking about them, they’re not just trying to sell you extra services to make money. They’re trying to give you a roof that will last you a long time.