Do’s and Don’t’s
Is it time to replace the roof on your house or commercial building? If you are, there’s some do’s and don’t’s that you’ll want to remember. Having an intact roof that your property can rely on is critical, as it’s the first defense against severe storms. The following roof replacement tips are essential when making this decision.
If you don’t know your the condition your roof is in, you can look for several different warning signs. Look to see if there are any signs of water damage or spots that are leaking. Are there any spots where it looks like its sagging? Can you detect any outside light shining through in the attic? Are there any dark spots or water trails that show?
If you come to the decision that its time to have your roof replaced,
here are the things you should not do and do during the process.
Things to NOT Do
- Don’t quickly hire the least expensive roofer. Be careful about picking someone that does work on the side or a contractor that hasn’t been around long. Remember, you usually get what you pay for – picking the lowest bid isn’t always getting yourself the best possible deal.
- Don’t forget to check with your Homeowners Association, if you have one, and find out which styles, colors and materials that will work in your community.
- You definitely don’t want to cut corners or take shortcuts. Keeping within your budget is important, but don’t compromise in quality just to save some money.
- Don’t let other people watch or view the work while its being done. It could create a potentially dangerous situation where someone could get hurt.
- Don’t add more weight if your property’s frame structure can’t support it. Its obvious if you’re going from asphalt shingles to tile, but different shingle types and styles also have different weights. If you’re upgrading to a more quality style or material of shingle, make sure your property’s structure will support the extra weight.
Things To Do
- Choose a roofing company that has a lot of experience in your area and is properly licensed and insured for your location.
- Know your budget and use the best materials that it will allow. Don’t compromise on quality. Asphalt shingles can last as long as 20 to 25 years, but tile or metal roofing can last 2 or 3 times longer.
- Maintain your roof on a regular basis. As soon as you notice a shingle or tile thats damaged, get it fixed right away, as it will, no doubt, turn into a bigger issue if you don’t.
- Research the different kinds of roofing materials that you have to choose from and which ones work best for your property.
- When you meet with roofing contractors, ask them a lot of questions and make sure you have all the information you need to make an thoroughly researched, intelligent, informed decision.
- Get your roof inspected regularly – at least once every year. Just because your roof has been recently installed, doesn’t mean you won’t have problems and you are now issued free.