What do I Need to Know About Replacing My Roof?
Replacing your roof is a noteworthy home improvement project, it can be costly and will take some time to complete. For the finished product to give you desired results, everything needs to be right – from the materials used to hiring an experienced, professional roofing contractor.
There are a few things you should be aware of and integrate into your roof replacement project. Your roof is not just like a hat that you put on for aesthetics, your roof protects your home, your belongings and your loved ones. Hiring an experienced roofing contractor will help ensure you are able to achieve your desired look without compromising safety.
Here are 5 key factors you need to be aware of when replacing your roof.
1. The Roofer Matters
Even with the best materials, the final outcome of your roof replacement project largely depends on the roofing contractor you hire to complete the job. Begin with recommendations from reliable sources, such as friends, neighbors, trusted builders, or other homeowners that have recently replaced their roofs. Ask the contractor key questions, such as if they outsource work? Do they focus on just residential or do the complete commercial roofing as well? It is crucial that you feel comfortable with the contractor and that you trust they are being upfront and honest with you. To avoid a potentially unpleasant experience, look for certified installers, and ask for references.
2. Repair or Replace
Another important decision many homeowners face when it comes to their roofs is repair or replace. Unless the project’s main purpose is to update the aesthetics of your home, repairing the existing roof, might be a viable option. You will need to seek the advice of an experienced and professional roofing contractor to inspect the entire roof, and lay out your options. Often repairs are completed on newer roofs that may have sustained some damage from a recent storm. However, if your roof is close to 20 years old or older, chances are the roofer will suggest a replacement.
You want your new roof to be aesthetically pleasing, provide protection, and last. The type of
material chosen and how it is installed will ultimately determine the result. It is safe to expect to pay a premium for higher grade materials, the decision comes down to your budget and the warranty period on the materials. As a homeowner, a roof replacement project is not one you want to be dealing with over and over again. Consider paying a little more, to get a roof that is guaranteed to last.
4. Check the Paperwork
Review any agreement prior to signing, make sure everything that was discussed is outlined, including price, expected install dates, materials, warranties and any additional costs.
Some regions may require a building permit before installing a new roof. If this is the case where you live, make sure that you have discussed this with the roofer, and the permits are in hand before beginning. Finally, you may want to see proof of insurance, you don’t want to wait for an issue before finding out the contractor is not adequately insured.
Before making your final payment, survey the area to ensure that the area around your home was sufficiently tidied up. After all, one rogue nail in your driveway can lead to a tire repair project next.