The first thing to consider when answering this question is, are you comfortable doing the actual work yourself? Although replacing a roof is relatively straightforward – certainly compared to, say, rewiring your house – but when you make a small mistake, you may create a small leak that grows into a big, expensive problem later on. it’s the small leaks that are the worst because, you might not notice them until they have had a year or two of doing damage, by which time the repair of that damage involves a lot of work and money.
I am assuming you don’t plan to replace the roof of your home as a DIY project. Although replacing a roof could be described as a straightforward project, if you do make a mistake, it might go unnoticed until several months have passed, and a small leak has done considerable damage. Unless you are specifically experienced in replacing a roof, you should really opt for getting the roof replaced by a licensed, bonded, insured and experienced roofer.
What happens when a roof is “replaced” on your house?
A lot depends on the condition of the roof, of course, but if you’re asking the question, I can only assume you have reason to be concerned about the condition of it as it stands now. Did you get a house inspection done on it before you bought it? If you did, you might talk with the roofer who did the inspection and ask about what his or her recommendations are. In the meantime, consider these steps:
There are leaks and there are leaks. Some leaks are small and contained, while others are big and out of control. Usually the bigger ones are obvious, and you can get to work solving the problem before it develops into a lot more damage. The challenge with small leaks is, they are often not discovered until they have dome a lot of damage. But in every case, it is always worth doing an inspection as soon as possible. And in a lot of cases, you can get a totally free inspection from a licensed, bonded and insured roofing contractor.
I assume your question is about the roofing materials, so I will answer the question accordingly.
Roofing in the Pacific Northwest presents a unique challenge that almost no other region in the country faces. A lot of rain. Clearly, it rains in places like Florida, too, but it tends to rain, then stop raining so a roof can get a break and a chance to dry out. It’s also much warmer, and the sun can bake a roof dry quickly in that heat and sunshine.
I assume from your question you are planning or installing or replacing an existing roof on your home. There are a number of considerations, not just question to ask your roofer, but how to approach the project from beginning to end.
My house in Bellevue gets a moss on the roof because it is shaded. How can I prevent damage and avoid replacing my roof?
A lot depends on what your roof is made of, but almost any roof surface in Puget Sound will eventually collect moss, or something like moss, especially if it is always in the shade. Direct sunlight is a great way to keep moss from reaching critical mass on your roof, and there are certainly many things you can do to limit the effect of moss, algae and other things from growing on your roof.