Roof replacement is a huge project and is not one that you want to complete without being completely certain. If you don’t know about whether your roof needs just a quick patching or a complete replacement, ask any reputable roofing company and they will give you an honest answer based on the severity of your problem. A new roof can be quite costly, so you will want to be sure that it is completely necessary before making such an investment. Here are some things that you should know and questions you should ask yourself before getting a roof replacement :
Tips Before Getting a Roof Replacement
- It’s loud. Noise from a roof replacement can be quite a problem. If someone in your household is already stressed or is having trouble sleeping at night, it may not be the right time for a roof replacement. To avoid any problems, you should always check with each member of your household to make sure that you will not be interrupting any much needed sleep. If the problem is severe and roof replacement needs to be done right away you may just need to purchase them a pair of ear plugs.
- What Kind of Material Do You Want?
Maybe the reason that you do a roof replacement now is because the materials that it was made of were of poor choice. Different types of materials work better with certain homes. There are many more choices nowadays to choose from. Think about what kind of material makes sense for both your home and your wallet.
- Can You Get Referrals?
This is important once you have picked out which roofer you want to hire for your roof replacement. Every professional roofer should be able to hand you a list of referrals on command. Feel free to contact any of the listed names to get an idea of what your contractors work will be like. Your roofer may also have a list of similar projects that he has completed recently like yours. This can be helpful, especially if he has pictures, because it gives you an idea of what your finished product may look like.
- How Many Years Have You Had Your Roof?
Life expectancies of roofs tend to vary depending on material. Asphalt roofs tend to have about twenty years of life. Recently installed shingles usually have a life of twenty years, perhaps a bit longer. Twenty years is usually the rule of thumb though for anything roof related. Anything longer and you may be pushing it. If you are around the 20 year mark, you should consider roof replacement pretty soon.
- Replaced or Resurfaced?
Will it be a complete roof replacement or will it be built over you old one? Building codes today allow for no more than two separate layers of roofing. This is because of building standards and safety hazards. Roof collapses happen much more easily when you are dealing with more than one roof over your head. If your existing roof is ruined and perhaps curling up at the edges making for an uneven work space, you should get a full roof replacement.
- Can You Trust Your roofer?
One of the most common statements regarding roofing contractors is the fact that some customers have trouble reaching their contractors again in the future when any problems arise. This may be because the roofing contractor is afraid he will get in trouble at the thought of not building the roof up to par, but in many cases homeowners just want a check-up or something simple. If any problem does come up, some contractors will refuse to fix it for whatever reason. Make sure that if you get a list of referrals you ask how long ago their roofs were built and how they are doing at the present time.
- Before Starting the Job, Get a Contract
It is VITAL to get a written contact before any work is done. This allows you to know exactly what is going to happen during the building process and will also let you know exactly how much it is going to cost. If any new materials are needed and costs need to be added you need to write in the agreement that the roofer contacts you first to make sure that you can afford whatever he wants to add on.
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