“Roofing” is a scary word, even if you’re building new: it’s expensive, it’s complicated, it’s problematic. If it’s done wrong, you’ll be putting buckets in your kitchen and hiding the TV. Right?
Anything having to do with home repair or home construction can seem intimidating, but roofing doesn’t have to be the things above. You, the homeowner, have the power to choose the right contractor and demand your job is done as it should be. You deserve to know what to expect from your roofing
Your roof protects everything in your home, and is key in regulating temperature. The right roof means lower heating and cooling costs and a feeling of security about your investment. So how do you find the right one? How do you know who to hire?
You’ve got a lot of choices. There are four major types of roofing available: heavy dimensional roofing, stone-coated steel shingles, painted steel shingles, and cedar shake shingles. Each has benefits and detriments, ranging from cost to durability to warranty period. All types should be covered for at least 15 years, and some for up to 50. Steel shingles provide protection from hail in high-risk areas, as well as superior wind resistance. Do research on the most common roofing types in your area, and ask your neighbors how their experiences have been. Your choice is practical as well as stylistic.
When you’ve made your choice – or even if you haven’t – you have to choose a general contractor. Look for a company whose estimator will take measurements of your roof and provide you a bid on his first visit. Don’t let yourself get the run-around! Be sure to check on his licensure and company reputation. Make sure you get detailed specifications and materials costs.
A good roofer will then work out a schedule based on weather patterns and worker availability, to ensure your roof is finished as soon as possible, and for the least cost to you. Most jobs start in 3 to 6 weeks. When it’s time to begin, your materials will arrive as well as the site foreman and supervisor to do a site inspection; a sign will be posted on your property.
Your roofer should be sure to protect your bushes and plants from debris with tarps and cloths. After all the preparations are complete, the removal of your existing roofing (in the case of repair or remodeling) begins. The dangers of this process make the outside contracting of roofing highly beneficial. After your old roof is gone, the shingling process begins, which should be rapid and efficient. Don’t let your contractor dawdle.
After your roof is complete (and, hopefully, you are satisfied,) final paperwork and warranty signage comes your way. If you notice any problems, tell your roofer! He should be happy to fix them. Your roofer will likely ask for referrals – it’s kind to oblige if you’re happy with the work he’s done.
Now you can enjoy the security and efficiency of your new roof. Remember, you have the right to demand good, cost-effective work. Be sure your needs are being met throughout the process, and don’t be intimidated. Being knowledgeable is important.