4 Things to Know Before a Roof Replacement
Your roof is one of the most important components of your home – it keeps out the rain, sun, inclement weather and unwanted pests.
And it’s only built to last between 20 and 30 years.
Finding The Best Roof Replacement Contractor
When your roof starts to degrade, you can fend off a full roof replacement by making repairs as necessary. In fact, you should – making repairs will save you money.
However, when it’s time for a roof replacement, here’s what you need to know:
- You should shop around.
- You need a good contract.
- Spring for the best possible materials.
- Taking care of your roof can help you get more from your big investment.
Shop Around for Roof Replacement Contractors
Roofers see you once every 10, 20, or even 30 years – and that means there’s not a lot of repeat business in this industry. Unfortunately, that means some roofers don’t care what kind of impression they leave.
Your best bet is to shop around for a roof replacement contractor by talking to family and friends about their own experiences, asking your neighbor up the street who did his roof and reading online reviews.
Many homeowners hire the cheapest roofer, not realizing they hire low-wage workers who don’t have solid roofing skills or that they typically use the cheapest materials available. Don’t make your decision based solely on price, but don’t choose the most expensive contractor you can find without doing your research, either.
Read Your Roof Replacement Contract Thoroughly
A full roof replacement usually takes less than a week to complete, but it’s a huge job. That means you should have a detailed contract that protects both you and your roofing contractor. Your contract should specify all the details you and your contractor agreed upon, and it should discuss products the roofers will use as well as the project’s costs.
While you’re at it, check the building permits and your roofing contractor’s insurance status.
Spring for the Best Roofing Materials
Not all roofing materials are created equal – some are built to last far longer and provide more benefits than others are. The catch: the longer-lasting, better-looking roofing materials usually cost more than the other ones do.
It’s a good idea to try to strike a balance between being economical and being practical about your roof’s future. Talk to your roof replacement contractor to learn about the right solutions for your needs so you can make the most informed (and smartest) decision possible.
Taking Care of Your Roof Can Help You Get More For Your Investment
Knowing a thing or two about roof maintenance can help you get a lot more from your roof. Your roofing contractor will be happy to talk about maintenance with you, including how to clean your gutters to prevent ice dams from building up and how to locate a leak when it’s not raining. Of course, knowing when to call out the experts for a free professional roof inspection helps, too.
Do You Think It’s Time for a Roof Replacement on Your Home or Business?
If you suspect it’s time to replace your roof, we can help you. Call us at 972-454-4400 to schedule your free roof inspection at a time that works for you. We’ll send an expert to your location, and he or she will be happy to answer all your questions, provide recommendations for your roof, and give you an on-the-spot estimate for a roof replacement if necessary.