Are you planning to replace your roof? It may not be as easy as it looks, so as a wise homeowner, you need to consider several factors before stripping away the old roof.
Here are the most common considerations based on our experience in roof replacement.
1. Type of Roofing Material
There are so many roof materials available in the market. You can narrow down your options based on your existing house style and budget. Asphalt shingle is affordable and can be easily obtained, but it may be too simple as it looks flat on the outside. Wood shake is pricey but attractive. Metal roofing can help you save on energy cost in the long run, but it requires specific installation techniques.
No matter how great your material is, your project won’t be successful if you haven’t chosen the best roofing contractor to do the job. Get referrals from friends and pick at least three. The licensed and experienced contractor who can get the job done with the reasonable price is the right one for your project. You may consider our services at Universal Roofing Exteriors, as we are also Certified Master Elite Installer for GAF and having an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Upon meeting with the contractor of your choice, you need to focus on the paperwork. All the details that you need must be put in writing and the contractor should agree to these before the installation starts. Most paperwork includes the contract where all the roof specifications, work details, and payment are stated, the building permit, and the letter addressed to you by the contractor regarding the insurance coverage.
Take note that installation should always be based on what has been written and agreed by both parties. Any changes to the details must be immediately communicated to avoid misunderstanding and costly damages. On the average, installation normally takes several days or even weeks so you also have to be prepared in terms of safety and convenience.
This particular detail must be put in writing and must never be overlooked, as it can cause problems between you and the roofing company. In some instances, homeowners will only pay once they are satisfied with the work. At Universal Roofing Exteriors, we follow the same policy.
6. Best Time
Take note that any home improvement project requires timing. Since roof installation requires hammering and stripping of sheets, this could disrupt your neighbors’ activities. Be considerate of others when you schedule the installation.
7. Clean Up
Upon completion of work, make sure that the contractor covers the cleanup and make this a part of your written contract. Some contractors have this tool that they can use to pick up all the debris they have left, especially the old nails that can cause flat tires or injury.
Aside from the insurance, warranty should also be part of the paperwork. This will help you manage your expectation of your contractor’s workmanship and quality of roofing materials.
For more information on our services, you may call us at 317-257-0779. Our services are available in Indianapolis,, Fishers, and surrounding areas in IN.