Everything You Must Know about Multi-Family Roof Replacement
When well-maintained, roofs are fairly durable structures that can continue to provide protection from the elements for many years. Yet there are times when repairs are no longer cost-effective or when damage to a roof is extensive enough that replacement becomes a better option. If you are at a point where you are considering multi-family roof replacement in Dallas, TX, here’s what you need to know as you make decisions.
Decide Between a Re-Roof and Complete Replacement
With roof replacement, you’ll have the option of a complete replacement or a re-roof. Re-roofing is the placement of a new layer of shingles over an existing layer. Only so many layers of shingles can be safely placed on a roof, however, and most municipalities have limits of how many layers are allowed on residential roofs. If the other parts of the roofs on your multi-family properties are in good shape, a re-roof can be a cost-effective replacement option.
Complete roof replacement includes replacing damaged or worn materials and underlying structures and the removal of existing shingles (stripping). It’s typically recommended under the following circumstances:
- There are surface irregularities on the roof that will still be visible with only a new layer of shingles
- Multiple parts of the roof are worn or damaged
- Repair needs are becoming increasingly frequent
- A roof is at the end of its natural lifespan (about 20-30 years for a typical asphalt shingle roof)
Choose Your Materials
Composite shingles are the most common type of roofing material used on the residential roofs common on multi-family properties. With a roof replacement, you may wish to consider different materials like slate or wood shake, although the asphalt shingles available today are well-designed.
Asphalt shingles also come in variety of styles and colors, allowing you to explore options other than traditional black asphalt. Lighter shingles, in particular, reflect light and heat away from a roof rather than absorbing it.
Address Other Roof Issues
A roof replacement is a good opportunity to identify and correct other issues with your multi-family property roofs. Additional repairs and upgrades can be made with both re-roofs and complete replacements. Common parts of a roof that may need attention by the time replacement is necessary include:
- Flashing around roof protrusions that’s worn or damaged
- Fascia boards that may need repaired or replaced entirely
- Gutter systems that are damaged or outdated
Replacing a damaged or worn roof restores the integrity of the overall roof system, which means that the roofs on your multi-family will likely become more energy efficient. Roofs that do a better job at keeping cool air out and warm air on, or vice-versa in the summer, and more efficient roofing systems often lead to lower utility costs and have fewer upkeep demands.
If multi-family roof replacement in Dallas is on your to-do list, the team at J National can get the work done quickly and economically. Our licensed and fully insured contractors will provide an accurate estimate and take you through the process of planning and completing roof replacement on one or more of your properties throughout the Dallas, TX, area.