When your home requires a roof replacement, most homeowners will spend a good amount on a total roof replacement. Replacing a home’s roof isn’t any light investment which is why it is important to make sure you get your money’s worth. Before you begin construction you will want to do a few steps to make sure you get a reliable roofer to replace your home’s roof. Before jumping into a roof replacement Big Ike’s Roofing Co will share a few beforehand steps you should take to ensure you get the best price and quality of service.
Compare Roofing Contractors
Don’t go to the first roofing company you find. It is good to shop around for quality contractors. It is always good to ask local family, friends or co-workers if they have ever had their home’s roof replaced and if so, who they used and if they have any recommendations. Firsthand experience is far more reliable. If personal recommendations are thin then begin doing online research and read reviews and testimonials. When selecting a roofing company don’t just base your top picks on price. Of greater importance is the quality of work. Often you may find quality contractors with beatable prices, but sometimes it pays to spend a little bit more money on a great contractor.
Roof Overlay or Tear Off & New Installation
When you find a contractor they will often come out and provide an estimate before contracts are signed. During that time the contractor may suggest you either replace the roof or do a roof overlay. A replacement removes the top layer of the roof and replaces the underlayment and roofing tile or shingles. An overlay is when a new roof is built on top of the old roof. Depending on the type of roof and the current damage that is present will often dictate which type of roof replacement is needed. Many shingled roofs often have overlay roof replacements, while most concrete tile roofs need full roof replacements. It is good to know about the different roof replacement options and ask your contractor which on will benefit your roof. Keep in mind roof overlay adds weight and is sometimes not an option of any type of roof.
Quality of Roofing Material Options
When replacing a roof you are faced with a major investment. In some cases your homeowners insurance can help you, while some people must cover the entire roof replacement out of pocket. When replacing your home’s roofing, you might be tempted to use cheaper roofing materials. If you use cheaper materials you will need to replace the roof sooner. A roof replacement can last another 30 to 50 years with the right material and quality of construction combined with proper maintenance.
After discussing material and cost of labor, the contractor should be able to provide you with a detailed quote. Make sure to read through the contract and the quote. They should be able to provide estimated time of completion, along with labor and material cost. Never sign the contract unless you are completely happy with what is in the quote and on the contract.