Roof replacement is an expensive undertaking: the average cost of a new roof is roughly $5,000-$10,000, depending on the size and shape of your roof. And the job leaves little room for error: your roof is one of the most important features of your home. You need a contractor who will charge you a fair price and do the job right the first time. To ensure you make the right choice, ask prospective roof replacement contractors the following questions:
1. What Licensing and Insurance Do You Have?
Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Research your state’s requirements and ensure that your roofer is compliant. You also want to make sure that all the workers employed by the company have the necessary training. Every roofing company should have worker’s compensation and general liability insurance. Otherwise, you could end up responsible for damage to your property or any medical expenses should an accident or misstep occur during the job.
2. What is the Warranty on the New Roof and Do You Offer Additional Coverage?
Any warranty on a new roof should be a minimum of 25 years. The roofer should also offer a warranty on labor, for at least one year. Some roofers offer more. Having at least a one-year warranty ensures that if your roof experiences a problem during any particular season, the roofer will be obligated to fix it.
3. How Will You Protect My Property?
Removing the old roof will create a lot of dirt and debris. Make sure your roofer has a plan to cover your landscaping. You will want to know where they will place the ladders and other equipment and where and how they will drop the old shingles and plywood. Ideally, they should be covering your bushes and flowers with a tarp and tossing parts from the old roof into a dumpster. The dumpster or container for the refuse should not necessarily be placed on your driveway, as asphalt driveways can crack if placed under too much pressure. Discuss the issue with your roofer ahead of time. Your roofer should also use ladder stabilizers or standoffs to protect your gutters and downspouts.
Make sure your roofer is prepared for rain. They should have plastic sheeting on hand to cover your roof to protect the inside of your home and secure it to your roof in case of high winds.
4. Will You Remove the Old Roof?
Your roofer should remove all of the shingles on your current roof, inspect the wood beneath the shingles carefully and then install the new roof. Some roofers might do only a visual inspection of the shingles and place the new shingles over them, but if any wood underneath is rotted, you could have an expensive problem in the future.
5. What Happens if You Discover Rotted Wood or Roof Decking?
It’s highly possible your roofer will discover rotted wood after tearing off the existing shingles. You should address this with your roofer when they give you their estimate. Ask how much each plywood sheet will cost if any are needed and have that written into the estimate. You don’t want to have any surprises once your roof has been torn off.
BGE HOME offers several shingle options for your new roof and can help you find the right roof replacement for your home and budget. Contact us for a free, no-obligation, in-home estimate.