You know that setting up buckets to catch the rain coming into your living room just isn’t going to cut it. There are no giant umbrellas to keep the rain from coming in. If your roof is leaking, there is no question that you need a roof replacement, but why wait until things get this desperate. Curling asphalt shingles and frequent repairs are always a telltale sign that you need to start thinking about getting your roof replaced.
Great! There are just a few problems, right? It’s going to be expensive, and where do you find a reliable roofing contractor. Yes, replacing a roof can be costly, but it can be even more costly to fight mold and mildew that infiltrates your home caused by a leaky roof.
If you’re tired of dealing with messy roof repairs, it may be time for a new roof. We know you probably have many doubts and questions, so maybe these ten tips can get you started in finding the information you need to get the job done cost-efficiently and quickly.
Understand The Language
Learn the basic features and areas of the roof. Understand the terms used in the industry before you start talking to contractors. Here are the basic parts of the roof you really should know:
Shingles – Small asphalt squares that are put on as the top layer of the roof.
Decking – It is a plywood roof on which the shingles are attached.
Underlay – A water-resistant protective barrier that is laid over the decking and under the shingles. In older homes, the underlay may have tar paper over it.
Roof vents – The small holes or squares on the roof that are covered with some kind of vent attachment to keep heat out of the attic.
Things to Ask Your Roofing Contractor
Write down any questions or doubts you might have with regard to the job. Ask your roofing contractor before or after he gives you a roof installation quote. Some of these questions might be:
Are you licensed and bonded?
Do you have any insurance coverage? What Kind?
What kind of warranty do you offer?
Do you need any permits?
Can you show me any prior work you’ve done in this area before?
Focus on Quality and Not on Price
Everyone needs to save money, and price certainly comes to mind with this type of project. Still, you want to base most of your decision on the quality of work rather than on the project’s cost. Look for a fair price that covers installation and ensure your contractor always uses quality roofing products.
When you get an estimate, be sure to ask what’s included in your price. Is the cost of the materials included? What does the cost include? Are the permits included?