Must Read When Replacing Your Roof!

If you are Replacing your roof read these tips to help make the transition more successful

When most think of remodeling projects or updating, we tend to forget about the roof, which is one of the most important aspects of your home. Think about it, the roof protects you and your family from the elements and holds your house together! If your roof is nearing 20 years old or over time has been susceptible to severe weather and damage it may be time to take the plunge and replace your roof.  This process can be easy if you keep the following tips and tricks in mind.

  1. Know your options: Re-roofing or New Installation

Depending on the quality of your roof or how poorly damaged it is you may be able to re-roof where a contractor will place new shingles on top of your old shingles.  This is a more cost-effective way to fix your roof and won’t break the bank as much as your second option.  Sometime the damage is too extensive and you may need a complete new installation.  This requires a lot more work, time, and money.  Contractors will completely remove the old roof and get to work on installing a brand new one. It is important to know the lingo about your options before deciding what you really need.

  1. Hire a Contractor

For some homeowners, you may feel that you are able to replace a few shingles on a roof however, if you are in need of an entire roof replacement this is a job for a licensed contractor. You do not want to end up installing shingles improperly or even injuring yourself. Save yourself the time and worry and hire someone who is reliable and trusted in their craft.  Your project may also be prolonged if you are doing the work yourself. It is hard to find the time necessary to devote a project of this scale. In conclusion do yourself a favor and hire a contractor when it comes time to install a new roof. You may think that you are saving money by doing the work yourself, but in the end you should keep the safety of your family and your home in mind over cutting costs.

  1. Choose Materials Wisely

There are several options out there when choosing your shingles and new roof however, you should always keep in mind the durability of the roof rather than the overall look. Take into account other factors like longevity, maintenance requirements, and cost before making the big decision. Also, stay away from brands that claim to be cost-effective; this is somewhere you want to choose the quality of the item of the price in the long run.  Doing so will save you more money in the future, by knowing you chose a high quality material that will last over time.

  1. Find somewhere else to stay during the project

It can be stressful having your world turned upside down literally by a new renovation project, especially a new roof. Plan ahead to stay a family member’s home, neighbors, or even a mini vacation in a hotel if you can spend the extra cost.  It is important to stop by and monitor the progress of your project however; and keep in touch with the contractors should any problems arise or questions come up.