Getting a new roof can be overwhelming. Knowing what to expect before you begin can help put your mind at ease. Most homeowners will only have a roof replaced once and go into the process with no experience. It can be difficult to feel confident when you aren’t sure what to expect. After a little research you’ll know the right questions to ask, and find the right contractor to answer them.
Knowing It’s Time for a New Roof
If your home is between 20-25 years old and you have never had a roof replaced, it is likely that you will need one soon. The best time to replace your roof is when it is reaching the end of its life but before there is any damage that can increase your cost. While age is a big factor, there are other considerations.
You may also notice that your roof just doesn’t look right in a few spots. If you see shingles that are worn, cracked, or curled, you likely need a new roof. If you notice a leak in your home or see discoloration along your exterior walls, your roof may be to blame. Has your roof been damaged by a storm? Some damage can be repaired, but generally speaking, if more than 30-35% of the roof is damaged, replacement is a better option. When you know it’s time for a new roof, don’t delay the process.
Deciding Who Will Install Your New Roof
There are many roofing contractors out there, and deciding who will install your new roof can be daunting. The best way to start the process is by looking locally. Ask your neighbors, local friends, and family. A local group on social media is a good place to ask for recommendations, too. Ideally, look for friends, family, or neighbors who have a roof with similar features. Ask questions about how well the contractor communicated, how well they were able to stay within the timeframe and budget, and how they worked during the installation while they were on your property. From this information, you can research online and choose several contractors to call for estimates. It’s ideal to have more than one contractor come to give you an estimate. A good contractor will inspect your roof, discuss materials, take measurements, and answer the questions you have. Make sure the contractors you are considering have a license and are insured. If a contractor balks at showing you their paperwork, or tries to give you a verbal estimate, that’s a big red flag.
Deciding on Materials for Your New Roof
Although a majority of new roof installations use asphalt shingles, there are other options. When deciding which materials you would like, you can look at all the styles offered for each and compare the pros and cons for each. Some materials have a longer life but are considerably more expensive, while others are budget friendly but may have a shorter lifespan. Some are better suited for different architecture styles or climates. Your contractor can go through all the options for you, as well as discussing anything else you may need for the project, such as insulation, flashing, or repairs.
What Will the Replacement Look Like?
There are plenty of questions to ask roof contractors during the estimate. Some examples are:
- Do I need to do anything to prepare my property?
- How will my landscaping be protected?
- What hours can I expect the roofing crew to be present?
- What happens if it rains?
- How will the old roof be disposed of?
- How can I contact you if I need to?
When you know what to expect, the process can become much less overwhelming. When you find a contractor you trust, finding the answers to your questions becomes much easier, and you will know you have made a good investment in your home. We’d love to talk with you about getting a new roof installed. We have decades of roofing experience, and offer top-notch customer service that extends well beyond the completion of the job. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for a virtual appointment to see for yourself why we’re a local industry leader.