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7 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Roof

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7 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Roof

Replacing your roof is a very big step and is not one that you want to take without being completely certain. If you are unsure about whether your roofing issue needs just a quick patching or a completely new roof, ask any roofing contractor and they will give you an honest answer based on the severity of your problem. A new roof can be quite expensive, so you will want to be sure that it is completely necessary before spending your money.


We have compiled a list of seven things that you should about prior to actually replacing your roof. Whatever your situation is you should give a lot of thought to any other possible fixes you can do that will save you money.

  1. 1.It is Going to be Loud

    A new roof can be quite expensive, so you will want to be sure that it is completely necessary before spending your money.

    This may be the most obvious thing to think about, but honestly it can be quite a problem. If someone in your household is already stressed or is having trouble sleeping at night, it may not be the right time to have your roof replaced. Getting a whole new roof takes quite a bit of time, and if someone is not prepared for two weeks of banging starting around six in the morning – they may be pretty angry. To avoid any problems you should always check with each member of your household to make sure that you will not be interrupted any much needed sleep. Of course if the problem is severe and replacement needs to be done right away you may just need to purchase them a pair of ear plugs.

  2. 2.What Kind of Material Do You Want?

    Maybe the reason that you have to replace your roof now is because the materials that it was made of were of poor choice. Different types of materials work better with certain homes. You don’t need to go for the asphalt shingles anymore, there are many more choices nowadays to choose from. Think about what kind of material makes sense for both your home and your wallet.

  3. 3.Can You Get Referrals?

    This is important once you have picked out which roofing contractor you want to hire. Every professional should be able to hand you a list of referrals on command. Feel free to contact any of the listed names to get an idea of what your contractors work will be like. Your roofing contractor may also have a list of similar projects that he has completed recently like yours. This can be helpful, especially if he has pictures, because it gives you an idea of what your finished product may look like. It also helps to build trust between you and your contractor.

  4. 4.How Many Years Have You Had Your Roof?

    Life expectancies of roofs tend to vary depending on material. Asphalt roofs tend to have about twenty years of life. Recently installed shingles usually have a life of twenty years, perhaps a bit longer. Twenty years is usually the rule of thumb though for anything roof related. Anything longer and you may be pushing it. How long have you had your roof?

  5. 5.Replaced or Resurfaced?

    Will the new roof be completely new or will it be built over you old one? Building codes today allow for no more than two separate layers of roofing. This is because of building standards and safety hazards. Roof collapses happen much easier when you are dealing with more than one roof over your head. If your existing roof is ruined and perhaps curling up at the edges making for an uneven work space, you should take the entire roof off to start building a new one.

  6. 6.Can You Trust Your Contractor?

    One of the most common statements regarding roofing contractors is the fact that some customers have trouble reaching their contractors again in the future when any problems arise. This may be because the roofing contractor is afraid he will get in trouble at the thought of not building the roof up to par, but in many cases homeowners just want a check-up or something simple. If any problem does come up, some contractors will refuse to fix it for whatever reason. Make sure that if you get a list of referrals you ask how long ago their roofs were built and how they are doing at the present time.

  7. 7.Before Starting the Job, Get a Contract

    It is imperative that we urge you to get a written contact before any work is done. This allows you to know exactly what is going to happen during the building process and will also let you know exactly how much it is going to cost. If any new materials are needed and costs need to be added you need to write in the agreement that the contractor contacts you first to make sure that you can afford whatever he wants to add on.


    Basically, you need to know that you can trust the people that you are working with and that you know exactly what you want before replacing your entire roof. It is a big job and may take a bit of time but most will say that the roof is the most important part of the house so care should be taken.

  8. Related Guides: Roof Installation Cost, Roof Repair Cost

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