If you have ever gone through the process of replacing your roof, you know it can be a major undertaking. From the initial preparations to the materials you choose, each detail can make a huge impact on the success of your project.
For those of you who have ever wondered why a tile’s color matters or what you should consider when choosing a contractor, we have put together a list of helpful do’s and don’t’s for when it’s time to replace your roof.
Selecting a Material
Do consider different materials: Take the time to learn about different materials. Chances are that your roof will last for decades to come and this is your best opportunity to make improvements. Did you know, for example, that different materials and colors can drastically impact heat transference?
Do check for weather ratings: The weather in Arizona can cover a range of extremes. If you wondered how well your roof is supposed to stand up to the weather, now is the time to look. While not all companies will publish their product’s ratings, choosing a durable material can give you piece of mind come monsoon season.
Don’t break HOA Guidelines: You will be hard-pressed to find a home owners association (HOA) that doesn’t regulate some aspect of a home’s appearance. Do not undertake a project without first checking your HOA’s guidelines and rules for which materials, colors, and styles are acceptable.
Don’t add more weight than your home can handle: While you may want to install clay tiles and wash your hands of roof installations for the next 50+ years, not all homes can handle the weight. Some homes are designed with shingles in mind and before you select a heavy material, always test your homes structural support rating. Similarly, be careful when making the decision to build on top of existing layers.
Choosing a Contractor
Do check for credentials: Not all contractors are cut from the same cloth and checking references, credentials, reviews, and awards can give you a good idea of the work you can expect. Make sure that a company is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Do ask questions: To ensure that you get the roof you want, it is vital to ask questions. What is the best roof for your situation? What are your other options? How long will this project take? Also be sure to ask for an estimate before work begins.
Don’t take shortcuts: While it is important to stay within your budget, it can be dangerous to make sacrifices in the quality of work or the materials used. It may be tempting to take a shortcut to save time and money, but doing so may leave you needing extra repairs in the near future. Fixing and replacing your roof is an investment into your home that helps it to retain maximum value.
Preparations and Inspections
Do inspect your roof: Do not simply assume that your roof needs to be replaced entirely. Sometimes, a few repairs are all that is in order to keep your roof going for several more years.
Do get your home ready: Construction can be messy work. When your roof is being worked on, you can expect a certain amount of debris. Make sure to clear your yard of any items which can get in the way of construction or may be easily broken. It may also be a good idea to take anything off your walls which may easily be knocked off by hammering or construction work.
Do not allow any onlookers on to the work site: Safety should always be your number one priority. To this end, ensure that kids, neighbors, and relatives know to steer clear of your worksite. Debris such as nails, tiles, and tools can easily cause injury.
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