5 Things to Consider When Deciding on a New Roof
With so many options for replacing your roof, here are some things to consider before buying.
1 – Should I remove the old roof?
Your home is a large investment and the roof protects it from rain, sleet, hail and the blazing Texas sun. A good roof is essential to protecting your investment. Unless you remove the old roofing material down to the base, you won’t know if there are any problems lurking underneath. The old base layer might be hiding rot, breakage or other issues. Without removing the old roof, you risk undetected problems and greater expense later.
2 – What roofing material should I choose?
Roofing is not only functional but also is a design feature that can contribute to the curb appeal and appearance of your home. Materials to choose from include asphalt shingles, tile or metal. Meet with your roofing contractor to help you decide which roof is the right one for you home. Many material manufacturers offer a visualizer tool on their websites that allow you to understand what your home might look like with a certain roof color or style.
3 – How much maintenance will be involved?
After you decide on a roofing material with your contractor be sure to ask how much maintenance, if any, will be needed to care for your roof. Many contractors offer maintenance programs where they will come twice a year to inspect for damaged or loose material and clean gutters.
4 – Do I need to buy the roofing material?
Your roofing contractor will purchase materials from their local building products distributor that specialize in professional roofing materials. When purchased and installed by a contractor who is certified by the manufacturer your roof will come with a material warranty ranging anywhere from 25 to 50 years. Be sure to ask your contractor if they offer a labor guarantee.
5 – Choosing a roofing contractor
Don’t be lured by the lowest bid. Be sure to research your contractor to make sure they are certified by the manufacturer, that they are insured and ask for references. You want to be sure that the contractor you select will be around to stand behind their work should any issues arise.
Contact us today and we’ll send out one of our trusted roof advisers to provide a free inspection and estimate.