Choosing a Contractor:
Since there are so many contractors to choose from it is beneficial to enable yourself to recognize a quality one from the rookies. Here are a few things to look out for that will help you spot the reliable roofer:
– Are they listed in the yellow pages or advertising in local newspapers?
– Many companies do not want to be found easily after a problem occurs
– Does the company have a decent looking website?
– Do any references endorse the company?
– Check with Building Associations or the Better Business Bureau
After the first conversation with a roofing company, the next step is usually to schedule an inspection. This is an opportunity to further gauge the competency of the vendor. Telling a comprehensive inspection from a sub-par effort could save you thousands over the coming decades.
The vast majority of roof leaks result from metal components such as gutters, ventilation pipes, or chimney elements that need replacement. Did your inspector evaluate them?
Roof systems which lack suitable ventilation are susceptible to dry rotting as well as mold accumulation. Also, the damage may be below the visible surface. The roof deck which supports your roof fixes shingles in place and supports any loads which the roof must bear. Did the inspection only occur outside of your home or was the inspector concerned enough to extend his assessment into the attic?
When comparing inspections gather the answers to the following?
– What did each company diagnose as the problem?
– What work did they state would resolve the issue?
– What are the differences in price and do you know why?
Once you have shopped around, here are some more comparisons that should be made.
Regarding insurance and warranties, which of the companies:
– Have roofing insurance? (at least 7 figures)
– What is the term?
– Is it prorated or not?
– Do the materials you decided on come with a warranty from the manufacturer?
Selecting a Roofing Material:
– How often is there a threat of hurricane or high winds?
– How often does snow fall and in what amounts?
– Is intense, direct sunlight or heat an issue?
For example, asphalt shingle roofs are able to support much smaller loads compared to metal roofing. So if you live in New England it wouldn’t be a great idea to invest in asphalt shingle roofing.
It is also important to ask yourself how long you will own the roof you are about to do work on. As one would expect, less durable material is less expensive.
Asphalt shingle can come rated at 15 years or 30 years typically and going with the cheaper product makes sense if you plan on selling your home within the decade. For those who don’t ever see themselves relocating, metal roofing may be the best bet.
By taking into account the regional climate and the length of your need, you’ll be able to rely on your roofing decision for the expected time.
Knowing you have done your due diligence, you may rest assured that your roofing investment is secure.