Installing a new roof will probably be one of the biggest investments a property owner will make. If it goes well, it’s an investment that will last 20 to 30 years or more.
But that also makes it risky, because while there are a lot of honest, knowledgeable, and professional roofing contractors, there are also many crooked and incompetent ones.
That’s probably why roofing has always been one of the most frequently researched professions on the internet.
When hiring a roof installation contractor, follow these guides to get the most out of your hard-earned money:
When your roof has a problem, you need to know if its covered by your homeowner’s insurance and what your roof’s warranty will cover.
Many home insurance policies don’t have coverage for roofing damage. The only way to know if it is covered is to get hold of your insurance agent and go through and read the policy. Make sure to check the fine print for any exclusions.
Ask your insurance company’s agent about weather, fire, and repair damage. Also, check with your insurance company about their policies for claim payment for roof damage.
Insurance companies that have adjusters for roof repairs can make faster payments for any roof damage that is covered.
Not all roofs need insurance for wind damage. Insurance policies that cover fire damage often include wind damage in the policy, but make sure you check it.
Roof warranties should protect you if the new roof installation is poor or the roofing materials are defective.
There are two kinds of warranties. Most highly rated roofing contractors offer both types. A manufacturer’s warranty covers the materials, while a workmanship warranty covers you if the contractor provides faulty installation.
A lot of times, a good, professional roofing company will offer a guarantee on their work for the lifetime of the roof.
Considering the investment that a new roof installation entails, it’s very important to look at the different things that influence the cost to replace a roof.
There’s a fairly big price range for the different types of roofs available — from asphalt shingles to metal, tile, and slate — and the type of material you choose will be the most important of the cost factors.
Nationwide, consumers spend an average of about $11,0000 to $12,000 to tear off and replace an asphalt roof.
A metal or tile roof installation averaged $15,000 to $17,000 and could be more depending on the materials chosen, while roof repairs for various leak issues, shingle or tile replacement, and minor fascia work cost consumers $700 to $900 on average.
The roof’s size and pitch also play a big factor in the estimate, as does the roof’s accessibility. Make sure you get at least three estimates for a new roof installation before hiring your contractor and make sure those estimates take all of these factors into consideration so you’re comparing apples to apples and you aren’t surprised by any added expenses in the middle of the job.
Roof installation is something we don’t consider until the old one starts springing leaks, but if you wait till that happens it will be more costly.
Why? Because by the time you see the leak happening, the damage to the structure of your home will already have happened and you’ll have more expenses to fix it.
Here are some things to look for to help in deciding whether its time to hire someone to install a new roof:
How old is the current roof? If it was installed correctly and with proper materials, an asphalt shingle roof will last about 20 to 25 years, sometimes longer, and a tile roof should last 30 years or more.
It could also depend on how many shingle layers you have, if its an asphalt shingle roof, and if it has been properly ventilated.
If you’ve lived there for a lot of years and you don’t know when the roof was installed, you might want to consider having a roof inspection.
If you’re seeing any of these warning signs, hire a qualified roof inspector to give you a professional opinion.