3 Things You Should Replace When You Get a New Roof
Often when we think about getting a new roof, we think about only installing new shingles. Y
our roof is more of a system, rather than just shingles.
The whole roof system includes your shingles, but there are other parts of your roof to take into consideration when replacing your roof.
Flashing is the metal tin pieces that protect your siding from the water that runs off your roof. You’ll also find flashing around every pipe, chimney, vent and along valley walls.
Some people do not want to replace their flashing to save some money.
If the flashing is damaged, it won’t be effective with your new shingles.
Damaged flashing WILL cause roofing problems.
Bottom line: Replace the flashing, you’ll be glad you did.
Are your gutters old and damaged?
Gutters are a crucial of your whole waterproofing system to prevent water getting into your home.
A poor working gutter system creates a multitude of problems. These problems range from rotting fascia, causing ice dams, and even water getting into your home.
If you are looking at redoing your roof you may want to consider getting a new gutter system as well.
Bottom line: Gutters are part of your waterproofing system. If they’re as old as your roof you should consider replacing them.
The fascia is the wood that hangs behind/ along the back of your gutters and is often time considered trim.
Fascia can be damaged under a variety of circumstances.
An old roof, inadequate roof/gutter maintenance, and incorrectly installed gutters or roofing shingles all can cause fascia problems.
Black spots, peeling paint, rot or damage indicates it is time to replace your fascia.
Sometimes, only a board or two of fascia is damaged, which means that replacing it is easy and not that expensive.