Patricia Parnell is our office Parkwood expert. Not only did she list more houses in Parkwood than any other realtor last year, but she has helped BrokersGroup Real Estate lead the way with more listings and sales in Parkwood than any other brokerage for the 2014 year. If you live in Parkwood you probably already know Patricia. Her friendly and outgoing personality make her an asset to the Parkwood community and to BrokersGroup. Each month the Parkwood Community publishes 'ParkWord' a community newsletter. Patricia is a frequent contributor to the newsletter with articles pertaining to home ownership. We'd like to share those articles with you here on our blog so that those who live outside of Parkwood can benefit from them as well. For those of you who do receive the newsletter, you can easily refer to past articles here.
Getting a Quality Roofing Job - by Patricia Parnell
Several quality checks will help you ensure a leakproof job for decades.
- Replacing valley and eaves flashing is cheapest and easiest when reroofing, so do it now. Also have pipe boots or roof jacks replaced to direct away water where pipes or gas vents protrude. Leave chimney flashing alone if it’s in good shape.
- Now is also the time to make sure you have proper attic ventilation. Have it checked by the roofer or an HVAC contractor. Poor airflow can heat an attic to 130°F in summer. In winter, moist interior air can condense on the underside of the sheathing, rotting it. You may want to have ridge and soffit vents installed to circulate cool air into the attic, alleviating both problems.
- If you suspect some of the plywood decking beneath the shingles is rotted, put a small allowance, say $200, in the contract for replacing it. Clearly state that you must approve any charges above this amount, and that you get the money back if the decking is in good condition.
- Ask how the roofer will protect bushes and plants (roofers usually use plywood). Draw clear lines of responsibility for any damaged plants.
- Find out how the trash will be disposed of and nails picked up. Be sure dumpsters or trucks used for garbage pickup don’t roll onto a new lawn or over an underground sprinkler system. What’s more, there should be thick plywood under Dumpster or truck wheels to protect the turf or driveway. An alternative is to pay extra and have the old shingles carted by hand to the curb.
Finally, trust your intuition. If a roofer rubs you wrong, even at the contract stage, don’t be afraid to back out before signing and resume your search. Unless water is pouring in overhead, it pays to take your time on this major investment.
Composition Roof, What does that mean?
Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market.
- Materials: Made of either an organic paper fiber mat (better for cold weather and wind resistance) or fiberglass (more fire and moisture resistant) impregnated with asphalt and coated with mineral granules.
- Appearance: Available in traditional 3-tab shingles or thicker laminated “architectural” shingles.
- Eco-Friendly: Petroleum based product that’s not eco-friendly. Can be recycled, though often taken to landfills.
- Weight: Moderate in weight.
- Slope: Can be used on fairly low to steeper sloped roofs.
- Fire & Wind: Good fire resistance, fair wind resistance.
- Cost: Inexpensive to moderate.