Finding the Right Roofing Contractor

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements, Repair your home's value
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Would you let just anyone walk around on your roof? Sounds like a silly question, but some home owners hire roofing contractors without doing a lot of research. Pretty soon there are people walking around on the roof and rebuilding it. Is it safe? Who knows until the first major storm rolls through.

Your roof is obviously an important part of what keeps your home durable and safe, but it also ties into your home value. A faulty roof can lead to water problems, which can dramatically affect your home value. Also, a good roof shows potential home buyers that the house is well maintained.

Remodeling the Roof

Let’s start with a few signs that it’s time for a new roof, according to Owens Corning. Look for:

  • Algae growth
  • Buckling and curling of the shingles
  • Damaged flashing
  • Missing granules from the shingles
  • Rotting

Shop Around Before Remodeling

When looking for a roofing contractor, it’s important to shop around, ask lots of questions and get all the details in writing on the materials, manufacturer, labor, and warranty.

One clue that you’ve found a good roofing contractor is when he or she asks to look at it from an unfinished attic. This is where they see the underside of the roof and its supports. How was it installed? Does the roof deck need to be rebuilt?

When it comes to pricing, remember to compare materials and installation costs. Look here for a glimpse of general remodeling costs for the various roofing materials so you have a gauge. If one roofing contractor’s bid is much lower than the others, ask for an explanation. Are the materials the same? How much experience do the workers have? Do they carry adequate insurance?

Research is key with this type of remodeling.

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