Tips for A Smooth Roof Replacement

Created on:

December 5, 2022

Are you considering a roof replacement? We know this can seem like a huge undertaking. However, your roof helps to protect your home and everything inside. Keeping it in the best shape possible is critical when it comes to keeping your family safe and dry.

Fortunately, there are a few tips for making your roof replacement go much smoother.

Ten Tips to Keep in Mind for Roof Replacement

1. Start with a Qualified Roofing Contractor.

It's essential to start a significant job like roof replacement with a qualified roofing contractor. You want to avoid discovering mid-replacement or when the job is complete that your roofer has poor reviews or cuts corners. By choosing a qualified, licensed, insured roofing contractor with an excellent reputation, you'll save money, time, and stress.

2. Check if Your Installers are Manufacturer Certified

There are a lot of little details in home improvement projects that can be easily overlooked. Did you know that sometimes warranties can be voided depending on who installs your roof? Make sure that your manufacturer will honor your roofing system if the job is completed by your chosen installers. In most cases, the manufacturer will have a certified list of contractors or installers.  

3. Speaking of Warranties…

Be sure to closely read your warranty to find out precisely what it includes. Your contract may or may not cover parts, products, labor, and other factors. Additionally, sometimes it is worth looking into extended warranties for roof replacements.

4. Show Your Local Companies Some Love

As with all home-focused jobs, some companies tend to be passing through the area and are not local. This is especially true if your community has experienced a disaster where residents are urgently looking to repair their homes. While they're not all "bad news" or untrustworthy, choosing a local roofer who won't be miles and miles away should any issues arise during or after roof installation is often better.

5. Consider Necessary Permits

Roof replacements are a more considerable undertaking, meaning your township or municipality may require permits. While your roofing contractor should take care of obtaining the necessary permits, it is always a good idea to check in with them. Doing so can also help you inform you of the costs involved concerning roof replacement permits.

6. Remove or Roof-over?

Roofing over your existing roof can save you money, at least in the near future. Not removing the old roof before your replacement could cover up structural issues, damage, and potential dangers. Often it's much better to remove the current roofing system rather than roof over it.

7. Do You Need Ventilation?

We often think of shingles and flashing when doing a roof replacement. However, ventilation can be a beneficial tool. Venting that helps equalize attic temperatures and prevent moisture collection can help extend your roof's life.  

8. Choose Your Roof System

Different materials can be used for roofs, including metal, slate, wooden shakes, clay tiles, and the ever-popular asphalt shingles. You'll want to consider the aesthetics of your home, your budget, and each material's qualities before picking one for your replacement.

9. Consider Budget and Quality

Along those same lines, you'll need to secure estimates from roofing contractors to choose from. Cheaper isn't always the best decision. Take into account your budget and what is covered in each assessment for a genuine comparison of quotes.  

10. Select the Right Season

When you're finally ready to install your new roof, choose a season or day with fair weather. Though many roofers are pretty quick, often completing replacements in a single day, avoiding inclement weather helps protect your home while its roof is being replaced.

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