Five things to consider before replacing your roof

Whether you have endured a severe storm or simply need to replace an aged roof, there are several things that a homeowner should consider before starting a project.

Where do I begin?

  • Don’t delay replacing your roof. It could result in significant issues in the future. For example, if you have cracked or peeling tiles, or you are missing panels altogether moisture could settle underneath the exposed area which, over time, will lead to erosion and eventually water leaking into your home.
  • Research different roofing materials such as steel, asphalt, cedar, and stone-coat, to determine which one will give you the best return on investment. Specifically, look at the performance of each product in different weather conditions and make sure you read the warranty! All products are not created equal Some products may cost a little more up front but will save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
  • Before selecting a material for your project, consult your insurance agent to determine the impact a specific material may have on your policy. Some products, such as steel, can generate a discount on your premiums.
  • Find a licensed and reputable contractor with experience installing the material you have chosen. Each state provides a list of licensed contractors on their website. You should also talk to friends and neighbors to see if they have a company they would recommend. Other resources include the manufacturer or local distributors of the selected product and websites such as Houzz and Angie’s List.
  • Once again, and perhaps most importantly, READ THE PRODUCT WARRANTY. All warranties are not created equal. Read the fine print to really understand the warranty that comes with your choice so there are no surprises in the event of product failure.

Once you have completed these five items, you are well on your way to selecting and installing the best product that will be protecting your most valuable asset - your home!