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Your roof may just be the most important system in your home that you take for granted. Nobody thinks about their roof until it begins to leak, or looks like it's going to any minute. We at DeFrancesco Construction can not only offer a free roofing estimate or a free estimate for a roof repair, we'd like to think we can also give you some important information as well. For a free no obligation consultation or estimate, please use the Request a Free Estimate button at the top of this page.
Firstly when examining your roof, you need to know the type of roof it is, depending on the details you may choose to use different materials or styles. The first thing you should know is the general roof shape. Here in the northeast / Boston area, the most common house styles are Colonial, Cape and Ranch style homes. The traditional shape of these would entail a typical or A-Frame roof. There are 2 roof surfaces each sloping down from the peak to the fascia / gutters. Another roof type is called a " Hip " roof, where instead of 2 roof surfaces there are 4, one from each exterior wall coming up to the peak.
A gambrel or dutch colonial style roof has 4 roof surfaces as well, but on the same plane with 2 surfaces. Many will associate these styles with a barn roof where there is a steep section, a more moderate section up to a peak and then the corresponding surfaces on the other side. A mansard style roof is an old French style from when there was no tax on finished attics so the appearance of lowering the roof line above the 2nd or 3rd floor was desired. Lastly a flat roof, aka a membrane roof can often be seen on flat top 3 families or dormer additions.
The next thing to know before you talk to a roofer is the general roof pitch. Roof pitch is described in shorthand such as " 6 pitch " or " 12 pitch " or "2 Pitch". Each one refers to the slope of the roof as measured in the rise over a 12 unit run. So a 6 pitch roof rises 6 feet over a 12 foot span, or 6 inches over each foot. The steeper the pitch of the roof, the better it sheds water, but the more susceptible it may be wind load. Higher pitch roofs are more expensive because they require more material, more roofing shingles etc. They also may require a more difficult installation. Extremely low slope roofs can also have different challenges and may have different construction altogether. Roofing contractors are used to speaking with homeowners about their roofs, so no need to pull out a protractor or to dust off your geometry, your roofing contractor will want to know if your roof is either steep slope, moderate slope or flat / membrane roof styles.
Does your house have 1 roof layer or 2 roofing layers ( or more?? ). An additional layer can be added to an otherwise good condition roof. Some roofers stress that every roof should be stripped to the sheathing when reroofing. While we understand the advantages, this decision should be made by an informed consumer who weighs the benefits and costs of each. Obviously stripping your roof entails more labor and significant disposal costs.
An important factor is roof protrusions. Every roof protrusion is a potential leak. Chimney's, plumbing stacks, doghouse style dormers, shed dormers etc all interrupt the roofing shingles and can allow water to penetrate without proper flashing and accessories.
We've dedicated an entire section to roofing shingles but simply the most important decision you will make in terms of cost, performance and appearance is the actual roofing shingles that you choose. Your roofer can and should provide guidance, pricing and samples for you to review. The most common roofing product in the northeast is asphalt shingles. New products can have a warranty of 25, 30, 40, 50 years or even lifetime roof warranties.
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