Choosing a Roof
When choosing your new roof, you’ll of course want to find something that matches your home’s color and aesthetic. Fortunately, roofing comes in so many materials and styles that you’re sure to find something perfect. But in addition to appearance it’s also important to be aware of some technical logistics. You’ll need to consider at least some of the following factors:
- Can your home’s structure support the material without special framing?
- Does your desired roof meet fire codes in your area?
- What is the cost, life span and warranty of the material?
- Can the material survive your climate’s weather conditions?
Do the research beforehand to ensure your preferred roof will work with your home’s structure and location to avoid headaches in the future.
Finding a Roofing Contractor
Once you’ve decided on the style and material for your home’s new roof, it’s time to find a professional contractor who can perform the installation. When hiring any professional it’s important for you to be an informed consumer. Large-scale home projects, especially things like roofing, remodeling or replacing an HVAC system, are massive investments. Making sure these types of jobs are done right should be one of your highest priorities as a homeowner.
Find a local contractor with proven experience, whether that be through word of mouth or by searching for reviews on reputable sites like the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. Never choose a company solely based on price; many dishonest contractors try to trick unsuspecting customers by offering significantly lower prices than their trustworthy competitors. They often make up the cost by using subpar materials or by not carrying workers’ compensation insurance.
No matter who you find, insurance is a must. A contractor with workers’ compensation and liability insurance will be able to protect themselves and you, the homeowner, should one of their employees be injured performing work on your property. When you finally come to a decision, get everything in writing and keep an open line of communication with the contractor.
The Installation Process
Roofing is hard work, which is why it’s best left to the professionals. Before your new roof can be installed all of the old material must be removed. Older houses sometimes have several “coats” of material on top, making the process even more time-consuming.
After the old material is removed and the roof is clean, your contractor will install any underlayment or other necessary weather-proofing layers that will protect your roof from the elements. Only after the roof is completely prepared can your actual roofing shingles or panes be installed.
Roofing Experts in Alabama
At Metal Roofing HeadQuarters, we understand that buying a new roof is one of a homeowner’s largest purchases. Our customer service specialists take a detail-oriented, consultative approach to educate you about exactly what is available for you and your home and how we’ll go about performing your job. We’ll never leave your roof unfinished to start another project, and most of our jobs only take two to three days to complete. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation.