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What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

Are you planning to replace your roof? Are you not sure about what are the important things you need to know to ensure you get the best result possible? Well, this is where we come in. This article highlights some of the important aspects that will all but guarantee a successful roof replacement project.

Your roof protects your loved ones and your belongings from all sorts of harsh weather conditions as well as pests and critters. As a result, you should pay attention to all the details when you are looking to replace your roof. A poor roofing job can expose your home to extensive water damage amongst other potential issues.

To help with your roof replacement project, we have listed several tips below about what you should know before replacing your roof.

1. Choose a Reputable Roofing Company

No matter what type of roofing materials you are using, the team that installs your roof has the biggest impact on the quality of your roof. Do your diligence to find a roofing company with an excellent reputation. Read reviews and ask for recommendations to help you find the right roofing company for your replacement project. Ask to see a portfolio of previous jobs, or better yet to visit a current job site.

2. Remove your Old Roof

If your existing roof is made of asphalt shingles, some may wish to install a fresh layer on top of the existing shingles to save money and time, and potentially improve the energy efficiency of your home. However, if the existing roof is in bad shape or you have multiple layers of different materials already, this can lead to premature deterioration of your new roof. Ensure the roofers will strip the existing roof and take care of discarding the old shingles. Removing the old roofing materials also allows for a clear inspection and repair of your plywood decking.

3. Get the Necessary Documents

Replacing a roof is normally completed within a day or two, however, you should ensure to obtain every necessary document to protect your investment before the roofers begin. This includes getting a written contract that explains the details agreed to with the roofing company, such as the products and materials used and final cost. Also ask for a written document that outlines your warranty. You invested a lot of money into your new roofing system, you want to ensure you are protected against any and all defects or issues. Finally, ask the roofer for proof of liability insurance, this will assure that your project is covered in case of a workplace injury or property damage to your home or a neighbour’s. After all, your home will be considered a construction zone during the project and accidents can happen. You need to make sure you won’t be liable if they do. under the roofer’s workers compensation and liability plan.

4. Pay the Right Price

When it comes to any home renovation project, you get what you pay for. When planning your roof replacement project, do not just look for the lowest price quoted. Compare prices and what is included in that price before making a final decision. There is a good possibility that with multiple offers, you will get some great quotes, just make sure everything you expect and require is included.

The above are just some of what you should know when replacing your roofing. Shop around and ask plenty of questions, contacting three or four contractors to get different opinions and pricing is also not a bad idea. Choose the roofing company you are comfortable with and has a proven track record of successful roof installations.

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