Choosing the Right Roof for Your Home

Kapili Solar Roofing offers advice.
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget about what shelters us — the literal roof over our heads. That’s why it’s important to check on your roof and to choose the right type when deciding to install a new one.

Time for a New Roof

The most obvious sign that you need a new roof is an interior leak, says Brennan Leong of Kapili Solar Roofing. Check for “dark tobacco staining on your drywall, dripping through your open beam, or other indications that water may be entering your home,” he notes.

Additionally, wood rot at the fascia, valleys and rafters may indicate a compromised roof. “Heavy granule loss or missing shingles are also signs that your home’s roof may need repair,” he adds.

Getting Started

A lot of customers come to Kapili Solar Roofing with plans for renovations and already have an idea of the kind of roof they would like. Other clients who aren’t necessarily planning to replace their roofs just yet might inquire about specific unexpected leaks.

“Whichever the case, we can provide helpful recommendations on the various roofing options available here in Hawaii,” says Leong. “Each home is a little different, but we break it down to suit what might be best in your particular situation.”Metal Roof For Hhm 9mg 1

Learning Process

“My advice would be to take a little bit of time to learn about what types of options you have, and work with someone you can trust,” says Leong. Kapili Solar Roofing offers a wide range of products that homeowners can select from, and a little bit of foresight and planning can help them avoid making shortsighted decisions.

“Sometimes taking a shortcut costs you in the long run,” he adds. “Being prepared with financing, whether through the contractor or your bank, will help you get the product that suits you best.”

What’s Offered at Kapili Solar Roofing

Kapili Solar Roofing offers just about everything you may need when it comes to repairing and installing a new roof. The company has a roof repair/maintenance division, commercial roofing division and residential roofing division.

“We are certified in nearly every roofing system provided here in the Islands and provide comprehensive inspections to allow you to understand what your options are,” says Leong.

He recommends roof-integrated solar, which he calls the future of roofing. “It takes the potentially large cost of maintaining your roof and replaces it with something that produces free cash flow for your household,” he says. “We’ve been installing it with our solar partners for about a year now, and are one of the early adopters nationwide. Over time, we expect more people to understand the benefits of roof-integrated solar, and mass adoption to occur.”

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Keeping Your Priorities Straight

The first thing to consider when installing or repairing a roof is the goal you have for your home. Is this your long-term residence? Do you intend to pass it on to your kids? Or are you planning to sell the home? Next, have the roof inspected by a qualified professional, says Leong.

“Finding out what the existing conditions are, what type of considerations may need to be made for the new system and what potential risks are present …   are all things that a professional can assist you with.”

Finally, assess your budget. Most of your roofing project costs are going to cover materials. “Selecting the right material is important, but more importantly having it installed properly is key,” shares Leong.

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