Understanding the Process of Roof Replacement
As a homeowner, you need to maintain the health and structure of your home. However, at some point you may need to replace your roofing system. In most cases, a homeowner may have to do this at least once in their lifetime, but there are also instances when replacing a roof happens more often. For example, you may have to replace your roof again if it has been severely damaged by a storm.
Roof replacement is a huge undertaking and it pays to know what to expect. Here is a short discussion on the process of roof replacement.
Choosing a Contractor Is a Big Deal
One of the first steps you will take before starting the project is to hire a licensed roofing contractor. An experienced contractor knows the proper way to install your roof using only the materials you have approved. Contractors typically carry a brand or two, and they should suggest materials that are considered some of the best in the industry.
It’s often a good idea to go with a local roofer, like Signature Exteriors. It’s easier to maintain communication with a local contractor. We also have direct knowledge of the roofing needs in our area. The same cannot be said about amateurs or storm-chasing roofers.
A Roofing Inspection Is Important
Your contractor shouldn’t agree to a roof replacement or repair without first visiting your home and making an inspection. This inspection will enable them to come up with a proper estimate. An estimate accomplished before an inspection is not accurate, so you should be wary if the contractor presents the estimate the first time you meet. They should be honest enough to tell you they can only come up with that estimate after they’ve checked out your home.
You May Need a Permit
You or your contractor should pull the necessary permits from the local authorities before working on your new roofing system. In some areas, you can’t build a new roof over an old one, so a complete tear-off is required. Your project should comply with building codes in your area. Additionally, a local contractor is more knowledgeable about this than a fly-by-night roofer from out of town.
You May Need a Contingency Fund
The best contractors understand that a roofing replacement isn’t cut and dried. Often, there are issues they have to fix right after they’ve torn off the old roof and before they start working on the new one. At Signature Exteriors, we talk to our client to inform them of the additional work, which usually entails additional expenses. We give the best options, if there are choices. So it’s safe to have a contingency fund for such unexpected work. A backup fund amounting to 20% of the original quote is a safe assumption.
We perform roof repairs and replacements in Westchester and Norwalk, CT. Call Signature Exteriors today at (866) 244-8029.