The short answer is yes, you can get your roof replaced any time of the year. Some roofing companies, however, slow down over the winter – some close their doors for a few months – and some keep their entire staff on the job twelve months of the year.
How does a roof stay waterproof, especially in the Bellevue/Issaquah area where there's a lot of rain?
A roof remains waterproof by a system of layers of redundancy. If there is, for example, a fault in an individual tile, the waterproof sheeting underneath it is the next fail safe layer to protect your roof. If a rough nail holding the waterproof sheeting compromised the sheeting, the tiles over it should help keep it dry. In addition, the waterproof sheeting is layered, so that small rips at any one edge will either be covered or will have a solid undamaged layer below it.
This is a question that surfaces a lot, and it’s because it all depends on the current condition of the house in question. If it’s just replacing the worn out shake tiles, you probably only need to replace the tiles and the waterproofing layer underneath them, and this is the most common scenario. Most people take basic care of their roof, so any small leak that might have sprung up years ago was quickly repaired before damage to anything under the waterproofing occurred. Other situations, however, might necessitate significant extra repair work to be done.
The water doesn’t have to be puring from your kitchen ceiling into your Corn Flakes to know that there is a problem with your roof. Or, at least, you should not wait that long to do something to prevent a bad problem. There’s a lot you can do – much of it for free – to determine if you need to at least do some work on your roof before it becomes expensive to remedy it.
Replacing a roof on a house is, more or less, different for every single house. That’s because, after a few decades under the elements of the Pacific Northwest, the roof is being replaced for a reason: It has expended its useful life and, in all likelihood, there are wear and tear issues with it that need to be addressed.
Almost any roof on any almost any home in the Bellevue area could be replaced in a matter of a few days. There’s a distinct process to it all, and most experienced roof replacement companies will follow the same, fairly obvious process, but there can be complications that significantly delay the job and introduce unpredictably results.
What kind of shape is the roof in now?
Should I hire an independent roofing company to install the roof on the house I am building in Kirkland?
Unless you have direct experience in replacing a roof, the wisest choice will be to hire a professional company to do the work. As well as having direct experience in the Pacific Northwest, they should be licensed, bonded and insured. And to make absolutely sure you’ve got the right company, check that all of their credentials a current.
I will go on the assumption that you will not, in fact, try to do this job yourself. Although replacing a roof is not what is described as rocket science, it offers plenty of opportunity to really mess up one’s house, and that brings me to the central purpose of your roof: to protect the rest of your house.
There’s probably no reason to replace a roof unless you know of a specific problem necessitating it. If you just bought the house, you probably have a house inspection report in hand. Hopefully it includes a significant section on the condition of the roof.
The good news is, there are plenty of roofing companies to choose from. The bad news is, there are perhaps too many! Getting into the roofing business is not that hard – perhaps all you need is a few ladders and tools, then go to YouTube to see how it’s done – but producing a quality result is a little more complicated. To the outsider, one roof may look the same as the next, but the difference between a good roofing company and a poor one is the difference between a cozy, dry home and a flooding problem in your kitchen. So let’s look at what to look for in a good roofing contractor: