LT Construction- A Connecticut Roofing Contractor

Planning a New or Replacement Roof in Connecticut?

According to recent research, a new or replacement roof has one of the strongest impacts on your home’s value of any home improvement project. A new roof adds to curb appeal and provides a good return on investment. Before you start your project, it is important to know what your options and opportunities are.

If you have composition shingle roofing, one of the decisions you may be facing is whether to put new roofing shingles over your existing roof (a “recover”) or tear off the original and start afresh. A recover option is one way to reduce your short term financial outlay, but is not always the best investment.

A recover option is not always available, for example, if your roof already has multiple layers, curled shingles on your existing surface or the existence of any rot or mold a recover option is simply not viable. If a roofing contractor recommends recovering a roof in very bad condition – always get a second opinion. It is possible the contractor is seeking to cut corners with your job and install a roof that will only be, at best, a temporary curb appeal boost. Check out the benefits of tearing off your roof below, so you’re aware of the options.

Advantages of tearing off your old roof

1. Your roof deck can be thoroughly inspected and any damaged and rotten sections can be replaced.

2. Your home will have greater value at resale the fewer roofing layers it has.

3. High risk areas like valleys, eaves, rakes, sidewalls, and chimneys can be checked. New flashing assemblies can be installed.

4. A tear-off will typically outlast a recover by a number of years. This is mostly due to the fact that less heat gets trapped in the roof (due to no additional insulating “layers” of roofing). This heat will curl and damage your shingles over time.

Disadvantages of tearing off your roof

1. The most common reason customers choose a recover is because of the immediate cost difference. A recover will likely cost at least $1000 less than a tear off. This is due to:

Less labor cost because no one is tearing off the roof

There is no disposal cost that would have been incurred in a tearoff

Warm in looks, Hot in performance

LT Construction both installs and restores cedar shake roofs. A new cedar shake roof adds to the beauty your home as well as being more impact resistant and has excellent insulating properties.

As a natural product, cedar roofs need care to look their best. Our new shake roofs are guaranteed against moss and algae growth for five years.

Fisher Roofing also offers shake restoration process removes that “green” growth from your cedar shake roof using a process that includes gently cleaning and treating the roof to restore that “like new” shake roof appearance, replacing split, cupped or rotten shakes as necessary.

Metal Roofs: The preferred choice for sustainability and endurance

The reasons to choose a metal roof for your home are endless! Metal roofing is ideally suited to our climate, resisting wind, rain, snow and ice in the winter and keeping your home cooler in the summer. It won’t rot, making it ideal for mountainous areas, where a roof might experience months under snow. A metal roof won’t break, split or warp, and is lightweight, durable and fireproof to boot.

Metal roofing resists moss and mildew and is not susceptible to termites or pests like other roofing materials. Modern steel roofing is simply a sound ecological choice. It’s recyclable, which means it doesn’t add to our landfills, and it doesn’t deplete forests or oil reserves.

Forget the notion that metal roofs are noisy – modern day metal roofs do not magnify the noise of rain – in fact you are hard pressed to realize your roof is made from metal from inside the property.

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Forget the stereo type of metal roofs, the beauty of a Taylor Metal Roof stands the test of time and dollar for dollar metal roofing provides the best value of all roofing products. Check out some of the features of metal roofs below:

Recycled Content – Taylor Metal products are 100% recyclable and made with the industry’s highest percentage of recycled, post-consumer content (up to 60%).

Energy Efficient – A Taylor Metal roof can increase a building’s energy efficiency by saving as much as 20% on summer utility bills

Resource Efficient – Taylor Metal products can virtually eliminate the use of future raw materials needed to produce and transport replacement building materials.

With the wide variety of metal roofing options, shapes, textures, finishes and colors available to today’s consumers, there is sure to be one to compliment your home. Taylor metal roofs are suitable for residential and light commercial roofing applications.

Falling for the beauty and endurance of tile?

There’s a number of reasons why tile may be the choice for you.

Concrete tile is an great choice for homeowners, it is durable and environmentally sound. Beyond this, it is exceptionally aesthetically pleasing and available is range of colors and shapes.

LT Construction uses the best quality tile roof. Tile roofing, tile which is made from naturally occurring, locally sourced raw materials produced in a low-impact, environmentally conscious manufacturing process.

Tile can make your home more energy efficient through its inherent high thermal mass and innovative installation techniques that enhance the breathability of a structure.

Time for a new roof?

Here are some things to think about

If it’s time to replace your old asphalt shingle roof, one of the decisions you may be facing is whether to put new roofing shingles over your existing roof (a “recover”) or tear off the original and start afresh. A recover option is one way to reduce your short term financial outlay, but is not always the best investment.

A recover option is not always available, for example, if your roof already has multiple layers, curled shingles on your existing surface or the existence of any rot or mold a recover option is simply not viable. If a roofing contractor recommends recovering a roof in very bad condition – always get a second opinion. It is possible the contractor is seeking to cut corners with your job and install a roof that will only be, at best, a temporary curb appeal boost.

At LT Construction, we always walk a roof to get a good idea of the quality and extent of decay. If your existing roof does not suffer these issues then a recover could you considerable money in the short term, yet there are still downsides to consider. For example, recovered roofs have a negative impact on your properties resale value and carry certain risks.

As experienced roofing contractors, we consider it our job to help homeowners come to the best solution for their budget and their roof – and each roof will be different, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a free evaluation. With that in mind, here are some general pros and cons to help you understand the issues that will impact your decisions.

Advantages of tearing off your old roof

1. Your roof deck can be thoroughly inspected and any damaged and rotten sections can be replaced.

2. Your home will have greater value at resale the fewer roofing layers it has.

3. High risk areas like valleys, eaves, rakes, sidewalls, and chimneys can be checked. New flashing assemblies can be installed.

4. A tear-off will typically outlast a recover by a number of years. This is mostly due to the fact that less heat gets trapped in the roof (due to no additional insulating “layers” of roofing). This heat will curl and damage your shingles over time.

Disadvantages of tearing off your roof

1. The most common reason customers choose a recover is because of the immediate cost difference. A recover will likely cost at least $1000 less than a tear off. This is due to:

Less labor cost because no one is tearing off the roof

There is no disposal cost that would have been incurred in a tearoff

Recovering your roof

Cons

1. At some point, time will come to replace your new roof. This time round there will be an additional layer to remove and your costs will be higher as a result.

2. You lose the opportunity to have your roofing deck checked for possible damage due to leakage (that may not show inside house).

3. Leaks are more difficult to track through the extra layers of shingles.

4. If old shingles are curling/lifting, this can telegraph through new shingles and affect appearance of the new roof.

5. Heat build-up from the mass of shingles can shorten lifetime of the new shingles.

6. The resale of the house may be impacted if there are multiple roof layers

7. A tear-off will typically outlast a recover by a number of years. This is mostly due to the fact that less heat gets trapped in the roof (due to no additional insulating “layers” of roofing). This heat will curl and damage your shingles over time.

Pros

1. It’s a less costly option.

2. The roofing job will run more quickly as less labor is involved.

LT Construction would be happy to walk your roof, at no cost, and look for any issues you might run into. This can literally save you thousands of dollars. Call us now and discuss your roof replacement options.