I Need A New Roof. What Do I Do?

Ok, so you need a roof. Now what?
There are a lot of home renovation projects that homeowners get excited about doing, like re-doing the kitchen or adding new landscaping. However, there are also projects they dread… like having to replace the roof. While it may not be exciting it is important to take care of as it can lead to extensive damages when neglected.
 
How do I know when I need to replace my roof?
Throughout the year, you should do a few visual inspections or call a professional to do a full inspection and check for streaking stains on the shingles, curled or buckled shingles, areas on the roof missing granules, or rusted flashings. Other signs of potential problems can be water stains in the attic, moss/mold on the roof, increased energy bills or leaks after extreme weather conditions.
 
It’s time to replace my roof… where do I start?
Do your homework. Talk to your friends, family & neighbors as well as checking reviews on reputable sites, such as Angie’s List to find trustworthy roofing companies near you. Next, set up appointments and review the quotes from each company to decide which one suites you and your project best. It is always best to find a local company so they will be nearby if any problems pop up down the road and the roof needs to be serviced.
 
What questions do I need to ask the roofing contractor?
• Do you have a permanent address?
• How long has the company been in business?
• Do you have workman’s compensation and liability insurance?
• Do you have a roofing contractor license? Is it up-to-date?
• Have you done work in my area where I can see a finished project?
• What steps do you take to protect my property/landscaping during the project?
• Do you offer a warranty for your roofing project? If so, what is covered and for how long?
• How do you handle payment?
 
After it’s all done.
Breathe, relax and enjoy your new roof! Depending on what warranty was offered, you should call your roofing company to come and check on your roof about every 2 years to check for issues and make small repairs where necessary. These steps can help to extend the life of your new roof.

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