4 Tips For A New Roof

Posted on: 11 July 2017

Any time you need to spend major money on something for your home, it can be stressful. High-ticket items, such as a kitchen remodel, provide not only a good return on your investment, but it's a fun and rewarding job — you get a new, pretty kitchen at the end! A new roof, while extremely important, also has a good return on your investment, though it might not seem as visible. There's no "fun" aspect to a new roof, but you should give the decisions you make the same care you would for a new kitchen. Here are four things to consider.

Do Your Research

Roofing contractors are like any other building trade professionals, and some are better than others. But because a new roof or new siding is a job that is only done once every three or even four decades as materials keep getting better, there aren't a lot of repeat customers. Ask friends and family who they have used in the past and see if they were satisfied with the work that was done. You can also look at online crowd-sourced review platforms for an even wider assessment of potential contractors.

Get Three Bids

You don't need to go with the first company you call. You also shouldn't necessarily go with the cheapest bid either. Get three bids, and then make sure when you are comparing estimates that you are checking to make sure the materials are identical. You will also want to compare the labor component of the bill. Sometimes lower bids mean lower quality labor. Ask about any major discrepancies you find between contractors.

Do You Need A Tear Off?

Roofs can have up to two layers, so if you only have one layer, a tear off, which will cost more in labor, may not be necessary. On the other hand, without tearing it off, the contractors won't be able to thoroughly assess the condition of the decking and flashing. Additionally, in colder climates, older roofs likely don't have an ice and water shield, a rubber membrane that both protects your home and reduces ice build-up and can help save on energy bills. So be sure to discuss with each contractor what they recommend for your specific roofing situation.

Where's The Magnet?

If your roof required a tear off, thousands of nails are likely surrounding your home. Don't pay the final bill until you see the giant magnet has cleaned everything up.