Ok, it’s not great news if you are working on a budget and you need to replace the roof on your house. But don’t forget that that baby is keeping you safe, warm and protected and it deserves to look great and work well! The trouble with roof issues is that if you don’t deal with them fast, they only get worse and become more costly. Sometimes rather than spend a fortune on repairs, it is wiser to replace your roof completely.
You can also think of it as a future investment. A house with a spanking new roof is likely to increase your property’s value too. So let’s take a little look at all your options.
The first thing you will want to do is research to find the best roof replacement company. You need expertise, quality and a fair price for this big job. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, and it keeps water out of your building. So when replacing your roof, it is not advisable to cut corner. Save money elsewhere on things like more affordable carpet or cheaper paint. So shop around and make sure that the roofing company that you choose cares about satisfaction. It’s a good idea to collect client satisfaction reports from the company you choose, so you can make sure you are in good hands.
If you want the very best in quality, it is a good idea to spend money in this department. If you want a top quality roof opt for 50-year shingles and pay the extra so that you can choose aesthetically pleasing colors and design. You will also want to get copper flashing which is the most heavy-duty metal when it comes to sealing the joints.
Get The Paperwork Sorted
If you have a new roof installed it is likely that you will need a building permit. Do make sure you get this, as not having the permit will null and void any warranty you have on your completed roof. Also, make sure you get a written contract from your roofing company which outlines the exact costs and timeframe that the work will be carried out in. And then also make sure you have insurance documents from the contractor’s insurance company. This means you can guarantee that they are covered for any liability.
Have You Heard Of The Magnet?
When your old roof is stripped away thousands of nails will come with it, most falling onto your garden, driveway, and front lawn. These can cause injuries and also flat tires. Roofers have a special machine which is effectively a huge magnet on wheels; that picks up these nails. So before you pay the final amount to your roofer, make sure you see him use this magnet to pick up any of the stray nails in your garden and driveway. No one wants a shiny new roof and then a hole in their foot at the end of the day!
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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.