A roof replacement is one of the most expensive home improvement projects any homeowner can undergo. Fortunately, a properly installed and maintained roof can last up to 15 years. However, this also means that most homeowners are not particularly knowledgeable about the roof installation process.
Here are some useful things to know before getting your roof replaced.
1. The contractor
Picking the right contractor might be the most important decision you make in your journey to a new roof. You should check to see which contractors have done other work in your area and see if those customers were satisfied. A quality contractor should be licensed and bonded, have good insurance, and follow all codes and regulations.
2. Measuring your roof
A roof contractor will base his or her estimate on the number of squares of roofing material your roof needs. One square is the amount of material needed to cover 100 square feet of surface area. A roof with 40 squares has 4,000 square feet that need to be covered.
A properly ventilated roof reduces humidity build-up in the winter and can prevent your tiles from getting too hot in the summer. This increases the longevity of the roofing materials used to replace your roof.
4. Replace the undering wood
Be sure your contractor addresses and allows for the potential need to repair the wood under the shingles in your contract. Attaching new shingles to faulty wood can reduce the lifespan of your new roof.
5. Wind resistance
The warranty and performance of roofing materials in relation to wind resistance is especially important if you live in an area where hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe weather patterns are prevalent. Wind speed warranties can be as low as 60 MPH or as high as 130 MPH.
6. Warranties and after sale services
It is important to know what your contractor can provide after the roof is installed. Know if your warranty covers the product, labor, and / or parts and the length of time it covers. Ask if there any situations that your warranty does not cover. Also ask how they handle service calls and appointments and how much money they cost.
While finding a contractor with the lowest price is a natural thing to do, it may not be the best thing. A good contractor will be more expensive, but the costs will cover everything they need to ensure your roof is going to last for a long time. A fair price does not necessarily mean the lowest price. Quality materials and complete satisfaction and peace of mind are worth a little extra money.
Although roof replacements can be stressful, knowing what to ask and what to look for can make the process a little easier.