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3 Tips For Replacing The Roof On An Old Home

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Old homes can have a lot of charm. Some of their benefits often include mature landscaping, detailed architecture, and durable construction materials that have stood the test of time. Old homes can also be a lot of work with periodic updates a necessity. When updating an old home, many homeowners seek to keep the home's old charm while giving it modern updates. The roof is one part of an older home that often needs either repair or a full replacement. Here are three tips for replacing the roof on an old home.

Budget Accordingly

The cost to install a new roof averages between $4,761 and $9,314. However, certain materials can drive this price up. Also the larger the home, the higher the cost of roof replacement. Certain materials, such as slate and copper, were often used on roofs in the past. The cost of these materials now can be far more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. A slate roof costs an average of $25,000 while a copper roof can cost upwards of $40,000. Homeowners should take things like materials and the size and pitch of their roof when budgeting for its replacement.

Look Into New Types Of Material

The high cost of certain roof materials often used in older homes often lead those with older homes to go with less expensive options. Switching to an asphalt shingle roof or other less expensive option can save money but it can also detract from the overall look of the home. Imitation roofing materials can save homeowners money while allowing them to retain the classic look of the original roof. Imitation copper, slate, and even imitation wood shingle options are now available and can work well on older homes.

Beware Of Cost Cutting Measures

There are a few ways to save money on a new roof. One way is by adding shingles on top of existing shingles. The problem with this is that it can add extra weight and void the warranty of the new shingles. Cost cutting measures may not be the best choice for older homes. Roof replacement also requires that the underneath structure be as sound as possible. Often more work may be need to be done in order to ensure that the home is able to take the weight of a brand new roof. Cutting corners can endanger the entire structure of the home.

Replacing the roof of an old home can greatly improve its curb appeal and can even make it more energy efficient. Homeowners who are replacing the roof of an old home should budget carefully since replacing an older roof may be more expensive than expected. There are also new types of materials available that will allow a home to retain its traditional look by imitating traditional materials. Homeowners should also be aware of cost cutting measures and ensure that the underlying structure is able to support a new roof.


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