The roof is one of the most important components of your home. The primary function of your roof is to keep water out of the home as well as protect the occupants inside from the elements. The bill may not be insignificant when it comes to roof replacements, but the value in the protection your roof provides is huge. For this reason, investing in your roof is a wise decision and probably one of the best investments you can make in your home. Before you go spending that kind of money, let’s look at what Maryland homeowners need to know about roof replacements.
Do your research
Believe it or not, some roofers do not put a lot of effort into ensuring customer loyalty. Roof replacements can last multiple decades, so in their eyes, once your job is done, they likely won’t be coming back to do another roofing job anytime soon. If you do your homework, you won’t fall for this, however. You need a trustworthy local roofing company at your disposal to conduct regular roof inspections and regular maintenance on your roof as needed.
Many people make the mistake of going with the lowest quote. This is a bad decision. Most of those providing a price significantly lower than others are fly-by-night roofers with low-wage workers looking to make big money, particularly after a damaging storm passes through the area. You will never see or hear from them after the work is done, and that can be a big problem when their poor work needs to be repaired. Protect yourself from this nightmare by getting multiple quotes from local roofing companies in your community that have been in business for a while. They have a reputation to uphold in your area and won’t do shoddy work.
Get rid of the old
By code, you are allowed to have two layers of shingles on your roof. This can save you a little money in labor, BUT….. it’s not the best practice. You want the old shingles to be completely removed so that your chosen roofer can see the roof’s decking under the shingles. This allows them to make any necessary repairs, such as damage that has occurred from an unseen leak.
Review the contract
Always read the fine print. Replacing a roof can be a quick job. You’re looking at most two to three days if the weather cooperates. Just because it’s a short job doesn’t mean it’s not important to dot your I’s and cross your T’s. Review the following:
- Will your contractor secure the necessary local permits?
- Make sure the contract covers all the details of the job.
- Check for your contractor’s insurance to protect yourself and your property.
Once you have ironed out all these details, it’s time to start your job. We know you have choices to make for Maryland roof replacement. Give us a call and see what we have to offer. At Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., our commitment is to you, and we think that will show in our pricing, processes, and workmanship.