5 tips for repairing or replacing your roof

5 tips for repairing or replacing your roof

With the average lifespan of a roof averaging about 20 years, it’s inevitable that this important part of your home will need to repaired or replaced. Before enlisting the services of a contractor to take on the job, follow these 5 tips to make sure you’re satisfied with the end result.

1. Understand the warranty.

Warranties can get confusing. A roofing company’s warranty covers the quality of the installation. However, the shingles will have a different warranty. Those warranties, which can range from a few years to a lifetime, also may expire at different times. Warranties will range from a few years to a lifetime guarantee.

2. Know the terms.

Don’t get sucked in to a company’s claims that they are the “best-in-town” or have the “best deal.” Make sure there is a solid agreement to back up a company’s confident assertions.

3. Be clear about who is doing the job.

Make sure you understand who you are paying. “It’s important to know who is doing the work,” says Russ Robertson from highly rated Timothy’s Roofing Company in Alexandria, Va. “Our jobs are owner supervised.” If a company is subcontracting the labor out, then the workers may not be as qualified. Companies with labor on staff will generally keep a closer eye.

4. Consider green options.

Like many eco-friendly options, green roofing is more expensive. However, homeowners also have the option to recycle their former roof. “We can recycle the asphalt materials,” says Patrick Mitchell from highly rated Consumer Construction, Inc. in Woodbridge, Va. “The old roofs can be used for asphalt paving.”

5. Buy local.

Although a roof is a long-term expense, it will still have to be replaced or repaired eventually; sticking with a reliable and local business can make things easier when you need repairs down the road.

When heavy storms blow through the Washington, D.C. area, roofing contractors may rove around neighborhoods to repair the damage. Beware of contractors who are looking to do quick patch jobs and disappear. Again, understand your warranty.

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