Is It Time To Replace Your Old Roof?

Is It Time To Replace Your Old Roof?

Things To Know Before You Replace Your Roof

A roof is more than just the hat that makes your home appear finished; it’s what helps protect your home from the weather, notably rain or snow, but also heat, wind and sunlight. It is arguably the most important component of your house.

Replacing your roof is a major undertaking. It’s expensive, time consuming and can make you struggle with several decisions. Should you get a partial or full replacement? Material? Contractor?

A Roof Protects Your Home And Adds Curb Appeal

Here are some things to help you in the decision-making process.

  • First, determine if you need a partial or full replacement. Have your roof inspected by a reputable roofing company. Don’t try to do this yourself, unless you are an expert on roofing. Whatever the verdict, it is always good to get a second opinion.
  • The material you choose can determine the lifespan of your roof and the appearance of the roof for curb appeal. If the last time you re-roofed your home was 20 years ago, it’s time to take a look at what’s new on the market. In addition to some of the more traditional shingles–asphalt, slate, shakes–there are highly attractive metal roofs that give the appearance of other materials, and architectural shingles that are head and shoulders above traditional asphalt in terms of looks and performance. You’ll also want to opt for copper flashing, the most durable metal for sealing the joints where a roof meets a wall or another roof.
    Architectural Shingles
  • Check the warranty. Your new roof is a big investment. You should know what your warranty covers in the event of a problem so you can ensure it gets taken care of properly and in a timely fashion.
  • Some roofers don’t worry much about customer satisfaction since replacing a roof is a once-every-few-decades job, which means they don’t have to count on repeat business. So, find a contractor with a good reputation and one you can trust. Contact several contractors and get estimates from each. You need to be extremely careful whom you hire. Get references from neighbors, tradespeople or lumber yards that you trust, also, request client references from the contractor you’re considering. 
    Bad Roofing Job
  • Before you allow the contractor to start work on your roof, make sure that you have a written, signed contract that specifies all the agreed-to details, products, and costs of the project. Also, important is a letter addressed to you from the contractor’s insurance carrier confirming that the specific project is covered under the roofer’s worker’s compensation and liability plan.
Contractors Use A Magnet to Pick Up Stray Nails
  • If you’ve had an old roof stripped off, about 10,000 nails came with it—and most landed on your grass, mulch, and driveway. Contractors have a tool that makes it easy to pick these up—a giant magnet on wheels that they pass over the yard to grab the dropped fasteners so they don’t cause any flat tires or injuries. Sometimes they forget to bring it, or fail to finish cleaning after the job is complete. Before your final payment, check around your home to make sure there are no nails or staples left lying around. If you see nails, ask your contractor to clean up the nails still lying around.