New roof, do I need one or should I repair?
New roof, repair or do nothing? The question homeowners are often faced with when replacing their roof is when to actually get the job done. Will it be cheaper if they wait to have a new roof installed during the spring or summer? Should they wait until the rainy season is almost upon them again and try and catch a contractor that is not too busy who might reduce their price in order to get a new roof job?
The simple answers should be no & no! If you think you might need a new roof you should begin the process of selecting a new roof sooner rather than later. To do so, ask colleagues, friends and family who did their roof. Were they satisfied with the job performed when they had their new roof installed? Were they happy with their overall experience with their contractor. A reputable roofing contractor should tell you the true condition of your roof and if you’re definitely ready for a new roof. If they feel you have a few years left on your current roof they should tell you that as well. We did a roof in 2008 that we’d looked at 9 years prior. We told the customer that their roof was still in good shape and they could rest easy that their roof was water tight. Needless to say, another roofer had told them that they needed a new roof 9 years prior. When the customer called they started the conversation with (paraphrasing) “I need a new roof and you’re company is going to install it”. Honesty & credibility goes a long way, we won that job 9 years prior to actually installing the new roof.
New roof – Install it yourself or hire a contractor?
New Roofs require someone who clearly understand the task at hand. Replacing a roof is not something that should be taken on by just anyone comfortable enough to get on a ladder.
New roof installations should be done by a licensed roofing contractor that you can have confidence in to be around should you ever experience any issues with your new roof. It should be done with a permit from your local building department. A permit doesn’t guarantee you a high quality job but it does protect you from obvious workmanship flaws that the average person wouldn’t know to question. Building permits are for the protection of the homeowner and recommended and in most cases required by law on every new roof installation.
New Roof Estimates – Comparing Apples to Apples
New roof estimates are often assumed to be apples to apples. Often, when comparing estimates between multiple contractors, you can quickly realize that they are offering two very different solutions. Are both companies estimating with the same level of quality new roof materials? There are many ways to save costs by simply compromising on quality of materials. Since your new roof ultimately is what protects your prized possessions from the elements it is not advisable to cut corners when doing your re-roof project.
Contact us today for a free and honest assessment of your roof’s condition. If you need a new roof, we’ll let you know. If your roof has years of life remaining, we’ll let you know that as well. We can’t promise you’ll still have 9 years of roof life as seen above but we can tell you that if your roof is still in decent shape and you don’t need to rush installing a new roof.
If the conclusion is found that you do need a new roof, you might find a couple of recent blog articles that we’ve written to be helpful. Tips on selecting a contractor and also what to look for when comparing estimates.
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