5 helpful roof replacement tips

Keeping on top of roofing needs can help protect the integrity of its structure and your home from further potential damage. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Bradford W. of Lafayette, Calif.)

Keeping on top of roofing needs can help protect the integrity of its structure and your home from further potential damage. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Bradford W. of Lafayette, Calif.)

The roof plays a central role in protecting your home and everything inside of it. Anytime the roof's structure is compromised, immediate action should be taken to repair the problem. Failure to fix a damaged roof can lead to structural problems and costly repairs in the future.

1. Stay on the safe side with a professional contractor

Some people like to pare down the costs by doing part or all of the job themselves. In most cases, it's safer to hire professional roofing contractors because they have valuable training and experience as well as knowledge of the appropriate materials to use, proper installation, safety procedures, building code requirements and waste disposal. When choosing your contractor, be sure you conduct your due diligence. Ensure your prospective candidates are properly licensed and qualified, carry insurance and have positive references.

2. Get the ball rolling on permits

Most municipalities and local governments will require you to obtain permits for roofing work. Some contractors will do the legwork for obtaining the permits, but you should ascertain what the costs and time frame for permits will be anyway. This way you can add these costs to your budget and the extra time to the project schedule — the sooner you figure it out, the better.

3. Removing the old roof saves trouble down the road

Some contractors might propose leaving your old roof in place and adding a new roof on top of it. Although it might be much cheaper, you should avoid this. When an old roof is removed, the contractor can inspect the decking and other areas for structural damage. You could be hiding a costly repair by adding a new roof without removing the old one.

4. Asphalt shingles offer both durability and affordability

There's a wide variety of roofing materials to choose from, such as wooden shakes, clay, metal and slate. Asphalt shingles provide a happy medium for many homeowners because they come in many shapes and colors, they're easy to install and will generally last for at least 20 years.

5. Plan for the right combination of time and weather

Schedule your roof repair during a time when the weather is nice in your area. Many roofing jobs can be completed in a few days if weather permits. 

For more information, visit the Angie's List Guide to Roofing.


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