Know you need a new roof but are not sure where to start? Following a few simple steps can make for an easy process.
Have a roofing contractor come out and check your roof for storm damage. If they find a significant amount of wind or hail damage. You may qualify for a new roof through your insurance company. If approved, your roof replacement would be covered for the amount of your deductible.
Once you have figured out if your insurance will take care of your roof, or if you will be paying out of pocket. It’s time to get some quotes from reputable roofing companies. The common recommendation would be to get at least 3 estimates.
Your roof is a very important part of your home and keeps everything under it protected from the elements. Make sure the contractor you choose will use materials that will last many years. And that the company is highly recommended in your area. Try to avoid out-of-town roofing companies, as they may not be there when you need them, should a warranty issue arise.
Don’t fall for a roofing salesman’s pitch when they tell you your roof has a lifetime warranty. No roof will last forever. And most of these types of warranties are full of loopholes. A roofer that has great workmanship should have no problem offering a 10-year warranty against leaks and other issues.
Once you have chosen the company you will use for your project. You will need to pick the material and colour to be installed. On residential homes. The most common material will be asphalt shingles. Opt out of a 3-tab shingle, and go with a good architectural shingle. They last much longer and offer more curb appeal. Metal roofing is another common material, and most reputable metal shops will carry standard materials that will last for decades when installed properly.
It’s a good idea to make sure you are home during the course of the roof replacement process. There may be issues that the roofer will need to show you to proceed with the work, such as rotten decking or broken rafters. When the roofers know the homeowner is home they typically will be on their best behaviour and doing the best job they possibly can.
Once the roof has been completed, most roofing companies will ask for a check after you walk the ground with them. This is your opportunity to make sure everything has been done to your satisfaction while the crew is still there and able to make quick adjustments to anything you may not be happy with. Also, make sure to ask for an invoice that shows you have paid for the work, and that has the warranty listed.
You now have a new roof that should be trouble-free for many years to come.
Don’t overthink your roof replacement. Try to keep it simple and be aware of the questions you must ask and how to get to the right people for the job. Once you feel comfortable with your choices, let the roofing company do the hard work and handle the process for you.