The good news is, it’s a little bit easier to get a roofing company to sign up for your roof replacement project just after the summer. That’s because most roofing companies in the Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond areas are often jam-packed for the summer months, when children are out of school, the weather is very suitable for roof replacement work, and to a degree, some families like to get a roof job done when they are out of town.
I share a roof with those in the town homes my own town home in Bellevue is attached to. How do I replace it?
It likely depends on how your contract for shared ownership handles how the roof of the building is replaced. Sometimes, shared ownership buildings have a monthly payment included in the ownership of it, and that money can be applied to such things as roof replacement.
With each passing year, the type and quantity of roofing materials grows. There are many reasons for that, including fire-proofing, new synthetics, and high tech solutions that can product an incredible variety of surfaces, strengths, and purposes.
If a few shingles get blown off my roof in Redmond WA, can I just nail a few new ones in their place?
The short answer is probably no. Depending on what type of material exactly your shingles or shakes are made of, they could be attached to your roof in one of many different ways.
Is replacing a roof on a house so difficult? I hear it's easy. Can I do it myself, to my house in Redmond WA?
Saving money on replacing the roof of your house is like saving money by doing your own dentistry. Yes, you can save a few dollars in the short term, but any one single mistake could be very painful and very expensive.
To be honest, I never thought dentistry was so difficult. In a pinch, I feel like I could learn all the important elements of it pretty easily, perhaps in about two months, and could set myself up in a practice, if only the state government would let me do it. But I digress...
I am going on the assumption that you are hiring a roofing company to do that actual work of replacing your roof, and not doing the work yourself.
Seattle and the whole Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest is famous for one thing: Rain. Even in the summer. And quite possibly the greatest nemesis of the perennial wooden roof of the Pacific Northwest is – yes, you’ve guessed it – rain! That problem creates a unique challenge for roofers in the region, but not an impossible one.
How does a roof stay waterproof, especially in the Seattle/Redmond area where there's a lot of rain?
The trick to keeping a home waterproof and protected from the elements, at least in terms of the role your roof plays, it by creating multiple redundancies. That is, when one ‘layer’ (figuratively and literally) fails, the next layer can be expected to do its job. In short, there is the outer roofing material (shake, composite, synthetics, etc.), a waterproofing layer usually made of a plastic sheeting specifically design for roofs, and a plywood layer under that.
When your house was first built, everything they put into the roof was new, but when you get your roof “replaced” some decades (hopefully) later, you don’t actually replace the whole roof. Or at least, you shouldn’t have to replace everything unless there was some seriously big problems with the construction in the first place.
The short answer is, don’t wait until the water is pouring through the roof into your cereal before you do something about it. A good rule-of-thumb is the number of years since you last replaced your roof, but there are many details to consider: