Getting a new roof for your home or business is a big investment. It’s also one you shouldn’t have to make too often – once every 20-100 years depending on the materials used and your local climate.
Considering the costs involved and the long-term nature of the investment, it’s important to get everything right. Here are 7 things you should consider before you contact your trusted roofing suppliers.
1. Is Your Roof an Old Timer?
A common mistake people make is taking too long to replace their roof because it seems fine. The fact is your roof has a used-by date. A metal roof might last 50 years or more, depending on the details, but most roofs are past their best after 20. Don’t wait for your old roof to fail before replacing it, get it done before catastrophe strikes.
2. Location Is Important
Local conditions have a big influence on the material you choose. For example, if your area gets lots of sun, the material needs to resist deterioration from UV rays. If you get lots of snow and ice, you will need to be sure your gutter and downspout system is effective. Research your local conditions and how they will affect the type of roofing material you should use. When you speak with a roofing contractor, be sure to ask about weather conditions.
3. Choose the Right Roofing Material
You might be surprised at the wide range of roofing materials available, much more than the standard composite or asphalt shingles. You can choose tile, wood shakes, rubber for a faux slate look, copper, slate, metal roofing, and more. Do your research about durability, pros and cons and pricing for specific materials. This needs to be a thorough decision.
Check with an experienced roofer to find out what he recommends for your situation. Metal roofing is generally considered the best choice in Australia, but even then you’ll need to choose the right type of metal for your needs and budget.
4. Do Your Research on Roofers
It’s best to deal with experienced contractors who have been doing business in your local community for many years. Word of mouth works best, so ask for references from friends, neighbours, and co-workers. You should also make sure the roofing company you choose is fully insured and, ideally, can show you examples of their work.
5. Check Documentation
Proper documentation is critical, especially for insurance and legal reasons. Make sure the roofer shows you proof of insurance and that he is licensed, bonded and insured. Check for manufacturer’s certification, which indicates a higher level of expertise and training. If your area requires a building permit, see that the contractor has one.
6. Consider Your Well-Being
Roofing is a loud job. It starts early in the morning and it usually takes about a fortnight to finish a job. As such, make sure you, your family, and your neighbours are prepared. You might want to go and stay in a hotel or just invest in some good quality ear plugs.
7. Ensure You Get a Written Estimate and a Warranty
Beyond a written estimate, be sure to write down any verbal promises. Work with a contractor who offers a long-term guarantee in writing. Most contractors will provide this. Most importantly, don’t base your decision strictly on price. You want reliability, not just affordability. A few extra dollars can save you plenty more in the future.
Ron Nickel Roofing provides residential and commercial roof replacement services including the installation of roof sheeting, gutters and downpipes. To learn more about our service, talk to our experts today.