The roof on your house is essential for protecting you and your family from the elements. Because of its constant exposure, it is susceptible to damage. The average shingle roof may last 20-25 years, but you may need more frequent repair, depending on your geographic location.
If you consider a residential roofing service to repair or replace your roof, this article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions. It will also help you decide on the right company for the job.
How Do I Know If I Need a New Roof?
Get a roof inspection. It’s a good idea to have your roof checked every year or two to ensure it is in good order. If you find broken or missing tiles or shingles, make immediate repairs to prolong the roof’s life and protect your home.
How Do I Choose a Residential Roofing Service?
If your roof is damaged during a storm or more than 20 years old, it might be time for a new roof. There are many options for roofing companies. Here are some questions to ask a residential roofing service.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
Some people who claim to be “roofers” are not professional installers. Ensure any contractor you consider has full coverage insurance to cover their employees and any damage that may happen when installing a new roof.
Have You Installed Any Roofs Nearby?
If you need roof repair, it’s common to ask, “where can I find roofing near me?” Look for local roofing companies with experience in your particular area. Ask for nearby homes you can look at before signing a contract.
Some roofing companies will have a website with photos of their past projects. Check their site for online customer reviews!
How Long Will the Job Take?
This varies depending on the size of the roof and the number of people on the crew. Removing and installing a roof may take a few days, but some roofs can be replaced in a single day.
Do You Offer a Warranty?
Most roofing materials carry a limited lifetime warranty, so as long as you own your home, the manufacturer will cover the cost of defective roofing materials. Some roofing contractors may also offer a warranty for their labor. Ask about warranties in the quote from any roofing company.
Do You Provide a Written Quote?
Don’t hire a contractor who doesn’t provide you with a written document that outlines the work to be performed and the associated cost. Take time for comparing roofing fees and get multiple quotes upfront, so there aren’t any surprises.
Protect Your Home
If you live in a house long enough, you will likely have to replace a roof. Sun damage, weather, storms, and age will cause your roof to need repairs over time.
When the time comes to install a new roof, make sure to ask lots of questions. Take a look at the previous work of any residential roofing service. Find out if they are licensed and insured, and ask about warranties on materials and labor.
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