Tips for a smooth roofing project

By: Henry Cross

No matter how good your roof was initially, it will eventually need to be replaced. Often, it will need repairs at some point along the way as well. No one likes roofing projects. They often end up being a major inconvenience. Depending on the extent of the damage, roof repairs can be costly. Of course a total roof replacement will be even more expensive. Either way, there’s a lot to dislike about a roofing project. That said, it doesn’t have to be a complete disaster. And while you’ll never be excited about roofing problems, there are things you can do to make the roofing project go as smoothly as possible.

Know your roofing materials

If damage to your roof is extensive enough, or if your roof has simply reached its maximum lifespan, it’s time to start thinking about a new roof. Though you’ll certainly want to discuss roofing materials with your roofing contractor before the project, it doesn’t hurt to do a little bit of research on your own first. If you come to the table with some ideas, the roofing project can begin that much faster.
The most common roofing material is asphalt shingles. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and still relatively durable. For homeowners who want their home to stand out a little more, they might consider other more expensive materials like clay or cement tiles, wood shakes, and metal or slate shingles. All of these will outlast a standard asphalt shingle roof. Each roofing material has its pros and cons. Do your research and have a couple of ideas in mind and then talk to your roofing contractor.

Know your roofing contractor

Speaking of roofing contractors, it’s just as important—if not more important—to hire a good roofing contractor as it is to choose the right roofing material. Remember than anyone can call themselves a roofer. Even if a roofer can supply a license from the city to do roofing work, that doesn’t mean they’re going to do a high quality job. Who you hire to install your roof or to do roof repairs can make a big difference in the outcome of the job. If you choose to hire a less experienced, fly-by-night roofer to save a few bucks, don’t be surprised if the roof is installed improperly, or if the project drags on much longer than anticipated. If, on the other hand, you want your roofing project to go smoothly, do your homework and hire an experienced and reliable roofer in your community.

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