Roof Replacement on Rural Buildings

Lick that leakin’ roof by learning about different options for your structures, and then learn how to put a new roof over a worn one.

Photo by Adobe Stock/Jim Ekstrand 

Two days of rain kept me from some much-needed mowing, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to work on a couple of projects in my shop. When I turned on the lights, though, my eyes drifted to a dark spot on the ceiling; the dreaded first sign of a leaky roof.

The roof on my shop was covered with asphalt shingles that were more than 20 years old. I’d been thinking about replacing the sorry-looking ones for the last two years, but I’d put it off as a project that would take a lot of time and money. After spotting the early signs of damage caused by a leaking roof, I wished I’d replaced it earlier.

With a pit in my stomach, I removed a blemished section of drywall to assess the damage. Thankfully, other than the area directly above the leak, the rest of the roof looked dry. After going up on the roof for a thorough examination, it became obvious the shingles were in poor condition and in need of replacement.

The leak that prompted my inspection appeared to be close to one of the roof vents. The sealant around the vent to keep moisture from getting under the shingles was worn and missing in some areas. Its weathering probably contributed significantly to the leak. I had no doubt the roof repair I’d put off was long overdue.

A Costly Choice

I began considering roof replacement options and quickly discovered I’d need to make several decisions. The first — and quite possibly the most important decision — was whether to use asphalt shingles or some type of metal roofing. Either roofing material has advantages and disadvantages that need to be considered for each situation.

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