One of the most important components of your home is your roof, which prevents water from entering your building. Nobody enjoys paying for a new roof. However, the importance of the roof and its aesthetic function should help lessen the pain of spending thousands of dollars on replacing it. With that said, here are a few things to keep in mind if you need to replace your roof.
1. Price Isn’t The Most Important Factor
Unfortunately, some roofers don’t really care about providing good customer service because roof replacement is usually done every few decades. This means they don’t rely on repeat business. Not only that, but many people end up thinking price is the most important factor when hiring a roofer. A lot of roofing contractors have low-paid workers and this is why they can accept the lowest bids.
Don’t just hire any old roofer. Speak with neighbors, lumber yards and so forth. Getting referrals is one of the best ways to find a good roofer.
2. Strip Away Old Roofing
You can have up to two layers of asphalt shingles on your roof. This means if there’s only one layer, then you can have a new layer installed over it. This can save you hundreds of dollars, but it does mean the roofer won’t be able to repair the decking and the flashing under the shingles.
If you live where it gets cold, then stripping the old roof allows the contractor to install a water and ice shield. If you have another type of roof, other than asphalt, then things can become a bit more difficult. For example, if original wood shingles are visible from the underside of your roof, while you’re in the attic, then you have to install brand new plywood decking and you have to rip everything off. This can easily add around $5,000 to your project.
3. Top Shelf Is A Good Idea
If you don’t want to worry about your roof for many years, then go for top shelf products. This means that shingles that have the longest warranty possible can add around $500 to your total cost and shingles that have an architectural look to them can also add a few extra hundred dollars to the cost. You can choose to go with copper flashing too, as this is the strongest metal for sealing joints that are located where the wall meets the roof. Copper flashing can easily add hundreds of dollars more to the job when compared to aluminum.
4. Look At The Paperwork Carefully
Roofing projects require a lot of work, liability and money, regardless of how quick the job can be done. There are three important documents involved with the process, and this includes a building permit from the town council because this ensures that building code will be followed by the builder. The contract is important because it specifies what products will be used, the cost of the project and other important information. The third document is a letter from the roofer’s insurance carrier, and this letter confirms the project is covered under the roofer’s insurance policy.
5. Don’t Pay Until The Magnet Is Shown
Thousands of nails will come along with the roof when it is stripped, and many of these nails will land in the grass, driveway and elsewhere. Roofers have a tool that makes it simple to get these nails, and that tool is a giant magnet. The magnet, which has wheels and it is passed over the yard. When you are ready to make the last payment to your roofer, make sure they have the magnet with them and that they use it while you are there.
Now you know what to do if you are considering replacing or repairing your roof. Sooner or later you will have to replace or repair your roof. When that time comes, make sure you refer back to this article.