If your roof is damaged or old, it will come a time when you will have to replace it. A new roof doesn’t come cheap. The cost varies from $5000 to $9000 depending on where you live, the materials you use and whether you need the roofing companies to undertake any other home improvement work in addition to roof installation.
For you to properly install a new roof, you need to consider a number of tips. These tips include:
Undertake an inspection
Before you go ahead and hire a professional to install the roof, you should first undertake an inspection of the roof. You need to identify the faulty areas of the roof and fix them. In some cases, if the roof isn’t too old, all you need to do is to fix the faulty parts and the roof will be as good as new.
You should be cautious of the contractor you hire to inspect the roof as he/she might tell you that the roof is faulty so that they can sell you a new roof. Take your time and hire a professional who will give you an unbiased opinion.
Find out whether the roof is under warranty
Have you just recently purchased a home and you feel that you need to replace the roof? Before you do it, find out whether the roof is under warranty. There are primarily three types of warranties that your roof can be having:
Manufacturer material-only warranty: This warranty focuses on the materials used in the construction and it varies greatly across different companies. The warranty protects your roof against breaking down earlier than expected.
You should note that if your roof is protected under this warranty, you still have to pay for labor in order to replace the failed materials.
Labor-only warranty: From its name, this warranty will cover the costs that you incur when fixing the faulty roof. You should note that if the materials are damaged, the warranty won’t cover it. You will have to buy your own materials.
Comprehensive warranty: This provides the most complete coverage. While the warranty will cover your roof against most of the problems it might be having, it won’t provide you with protection against issues such as “acts of God.” This means it won’t protect you from fire, floods, tornadoes and others.
For you to tell whether the roof has a warranty, you should reach out to the people that sold you the house. You can also ask the roof contractors to inspect the materials used in the construction of the house and help you in determining whether they have a warranty.
Get a number of quotes
What do most people do when they are looking to install a roof? They end up working with the first company that they come across.
Don’t do this. While you might be lucky and come across a good company the first time, in most cases, you end up working with the wrong company. The first company that you come across in most cases tends to charge you a lot of money.
How can you avoid paying a lot of money for installation? Simple. You should contact a number of companies and ask them to give you their quotes. You should then compare the quotes and work with a company providing high-quality services at least cost.
Plan for your roofing project
When you decide to install a new roof, you shouldn’t simply sit back. You need to plan for the project. How long will the project last? In some cases, you might have to vacate the house to give the contractors enough space to do their work.
What are the materials that you will need for the work? You need to do your research and find the best places to get them at least cost.
You need to think who will be installing the new roof. As a rule of thumb, you should ensure that the work is done by an experienced and certified professional. You don’t want to hire just any local roofers that you come across.
As mentioned, installing a new roof doesn’t come cheap; therefore, you need to be ready with the money to buy the materials and pay for labor.