Whether you’re building a new home or replacing the roof of a more mature home, as a homeowner it’s important to feel confident in the roof over your head. Installing a new roof is a big investment – one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. How can you make sure you’re making the best choices for your home? Here are six ways you can feel feel confident in your roofing investment.
Choose the Right Contractor
Replacing your roof is a big investment that should only be done by professionals. There are factors that should be a part of your decision beyond just cost – when it comes to choosing the company that will be putting a roof over your head, it’s important that you trust them to do the job right. When searching for a roofing contractor, be sure to take a look at their past customers’ reviews and their experiences, along with their Better Business Bureau rating. Ensure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. The contractor you choose should be experts in the roofing system of your choosing. Most importantly, you should feel comfortable with the company that you choose – from the first phone call to the last signature on the dotted line, consistent communication and integrity are paramount.
Choose the Right Materials
Once you’ve chosen the right contractor, they can help you choose the proper materials for your roof. Not all roofs are created equal – materials can differ based on the weather and temperature it will be exposed to. Some materials may be easier to clean, may reflect more sunlight, or may be more insulating – all factors that can save you money in the long run. Having the right contractor help you choose the right materials for your roof, whether it be tile, shingle or foam, can help you feel confident in the new roof over your head.
Choose the Right Roof for Your Home
A good investment is one that will pay you in dividends in the future. While it may be tempting to choose today’s trends, opting for a more subtle or traditional roof will pay off in the long run and add value to your home. Consider factors like the most common roofing systems in your surrounding neighborhood, the exterior paint color of your home and the style of your home when doing your research. For example, a Tuscan-style home would look great with a tile roof – but it may look out of place in a historic neighborhood.
Ensure Proper Installation
Even the most expensive materials can falter if they are not installed properly. Poor installation leaves a home vulnerable to water damage and expensive repairs. It may be tempting to try to DIY your roof installation or hire a cheap contractor, but your roof isn’t the place to cut corners. A professional contractor will ensure proper installation – from the underlayment to the roofing nails – throughout the duration of the project. If you have questions, ask! A professional and considerate roofer will be happy to help answer any questions you may have about the installation of your roof.
Choose a Strong Warranty
Roofing warranties vary by the materials used as well as by the type and extent of roofing work provided. Warranties are offered by material manufacturers to cover the durability of the product, and are offered by roofing contractors that cover the installation of those materials. Find a contractor that offers a strong warranty – it’s a sign of a high-quality contractor that takes pride in their work.
Regularly Schedule Inspections
After investing time and money into your new roof, it’s important to protect that investment for years to come. A great roofing contractor will gladly perform routine inspections on your roof – at least annually – to inspect the roof for any signs of weakness that could be a quick fix with routine maintenance instead of costly damage down the road.
Still don’t know where to start? With quality products, superior craftsmanship and solid warranties, the team at RENCO Roofing has helped homeowners make the right choices for their homes since 2004. Whether your project is big or small, we strive to provide both the highest level of workmanship and the highest level of customer care. When you work with our team of highly trained professionals, we guarantee you’ll see the difference.