There are a lot of warning signs that could come with your roof needing replacement. It usually gets even worse as time goes by. So, most of the time— getting a new roof is planned out and thought ahead (we hope!)
As much as it’s convenient to just hire the first roofers knocking on your door— you have way more options than that. To get the work quality and overall outcome that you want, you gotta make sure you do everything by the book. And that includes the little details.
Before you get right on it, we’ll give you a rundown on what you might need to know before you get your new roof. Take these factors into consideration before giving the go signal for a roof installation.
Some DIYers might want to install their roof themselves (read: highly dangerous), while some homeowners might want to hire a roofing company for the job. In that case, don’t settle for the first roofing company you see in the search results.
Look around for all the legitimate, licensed roofers in your locality. You can browse through online reviews. You can even get referrals from your neighbors so you can see first hand the quality a company provides for their clients— and if they’re as reliable as they say they are!
Get those Signatures
The contractors must have a building permit so that they could work on your home. Their insurance company should also state the warranty of the roof installation.
Adding to that, they also hand you a contract of what exactly their roofing entails. Read carefully, and make sure you read the fine print. If you’re not sure about something, you can address it to them. Don’t let yourself get swindled either way!
It wouldn’t hurt to research a bit on the type of material that’s best for you and your home. After all, it’ll protect it for decades. Prices might shock you, but quality is definitely not something you should skimp on.
The roofing contractors might be able to help you with this dilemma, since they know the area— and the type of material that works best with your area’s weather.
Ask the company that you’re working with if they’re planning to get rid of the whole roof structure. Generally, it’s better to have the roof completely replaced than just replacing the shingles.
There might be spots in the structure itself that are damaged, and roofing without complete removal could just be slapping a band-aid to the problem.
It Could Get Loud
There’s no other way to describe it. Roof installations could get loud. Really loud.
You might want to be as far away as possible from the house when work commences. Especially if you have a baby, or a family member sensitive to loud sounds. Tell your neighbors the inconveniences they might face in the following days. All in all, there’s not much you can do about it, really. You really can’t tell the roofer to tone it down a notch— so best be prepared instead.