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How To Find The Right Roofer

How To Find The Right Roofer

Installing new roofing can often feel like a grudge purchase, something you need but take for granted. Plus, people don’t usually comment on how nice your roof is. In some parts of the US new roofs go on every 5-7 years, fortunately ours tend to last a longer.

Here is a list to help you save money and aggravation if you have to put on a new roof.

Before you call:

Compare hourly rates or job rates of several roofers.
To the best of your ability, contact a roofer during the off season when it is not snowing or raining. It can be a mess if you call a roofer when you realize your current one can’t turn water.
Compare the base price of different roofing material, e.g. asphalt shingles, slate tiles, cedar shakes.

Ask to see projects your roofer has completed in your area and talk to the homeowners.

Consider skill and experience over a cheaper hourly rate. Having an inexperienced, inexpensive roofer who doesn’t apply the roof correctly, will just cause you to hire another roofer to fix his mistakes. Avoid those situations by hiring quality first.

Roofing Contracts:

Consult with your roofer about which material would be best for your roof. If possible, try to secure a warranty or even a guarantee on his work.

Agree to how long your roof will be off and how long their equipment will be on your property.

Come to terms about who is responsible if the roof leaks within a certain period of time from the install.

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Roof Inspections

Roof Inspections.

Although in this country we don’t tend to see a lot of snow, we do see our fair share of rain.  So when buying a home it is usually a good idea to have the roof inspected. As a matter of fact, many lenders required this to be done before they will cut a check. In most states, a properly ventilated roof can last 20 years or more. In states where the snow is heavy, they often have to be replaced every five years. While having a secure roof is one of the most important parts of a home, it can also be a very expensive investment, especially if you bought a home under the guise that everything was on the up and up.

Roofing Inspections.

Roof inspections are simply inspections that determine the integrity of a roof, how long it may last, and when it will need to be replaced. Roof inspectors are not going to climb up on your roof or the roof of a home you are thinking of buying and pull up shingles or tiles. Roof inspectors have special procedures wherein they can determine the lifespan of a given roof without tearing into it. At first glance it might seem that roofing inspectors would have to pull up part of the roof to do a thorough examination, but if you consider your own roof, you would not want anyone tearing holes in it just to see if it was in good shape.

Roof Inspectors.

Roof inspectors also have super-technical techniques like infrared roof inspections where they don’t even have to touch the surface of the roof itself to determine a roof’s integrity. This process uses infrared rays to locate parts of a roof that are at higher or lower temperatures than the rest of the roof. These “hot spots” can show a roof inspector just exactly where heat is escaping.

Roof Inspections.

Because replacing a roof can be quite an investment, insurance companies and lenders require that this has been checked off. It makes sense for these companies to protect their investments, but you as the homeowner should want this to be secured as well. You don’t want to be stuck with a bill that you weren’t expecting, and you also don’t want to sell a home to a family and put them in the same spot.