Installing a new roof is a major undertaking. While it may not take long to install a new roof, this roof should work for you for many years to come. In order to ensure that you are making wise choices and proceeding wisely, it can help to follow a simple re-roofing checklist along the way:
1. Selecting the Right Materials – Do your research and determine which type of roofing materials will provide the function and appearance that you want for your home. Instead of just focusing on the price of the materials, really take into consideration the materials that will have the longest lifespan and other qualities that are important to you.
2. Choosing a Contractor – Be very careful when choosing a contractor. Be sure to check that the contractor is licensed, insured, has references, and has experience working with the roofing material you have chosen.
3. Plan Ahead and Schedule – Schedule your installation at a time when you can accommodate the dust, noise, and mess associated with the project. It can also help to schedule your job during a season when roofers will be less busy and prices will be more competitive.
4. Confirm Work – Before committing to any services, acquire a detailed estimate or contract from your contractor. Confirm the scope of work to be completed, including each and every service. If you and the contractor decide to add a new element to the project, get the details in writing.
5. Secure Permits – Any and all building permits should be acquired. Your roofing contractor should secure these documents for you, but it is important to double check that this step is completed.
6. Read Instructions – Familiarize yourself with the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of the roofing materials to ensure that you understand what needs to be completed in order to for the completed roof to function properly.
7. Communicate – Keep yourself accessible and available to the roofing contractor throughout the entire process. The roofing contractor needs to be able to contact you as soon as possible in the event of a problem so that work can continue quickly and stay on schedule.
8. Inspect – Be sure to inspect the completed project in order to confirm that all of the materials have been provided and that all services listed in the contract have been completed. Submit your payment to the contractor once you are completely satisfied with the finished project.