The roof is probably the most important part of your home. If you don’t have a roof, then all you have really is a wide-open space that will likely get soaked! Of course nobody likes to pay to replace a roof, is important to maintain both to keep water and heat in but also to keep your resale value high. The average price is creeping up to about $11,000 which is no small change. For that amount, you need to ensure your roof is done correctly.
Here are some of the things to consider when you’re replacing your roof:
Some roofers don’t worry much about customer service since replacing a roof is a once-every-few-decades job, which means they don’t have to count on repeat business. The best way to determine exactly how much a new roof will cost is to work with an experienced contractor that can walk you through every step so that you understand exactly what you will be paying for. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions if you don’t understand or need clarification. If they don’t do a good job answering your questions or simplifying the process, then perhaps that contractor isn’t for you.
Some roofers don’t worry much about customer service since replacing a roof is a once-every-few-decades job, which means they don’t have to count on repeat business. many homeowners choose their roofer based largely on price, and unfortunately you generally get what you pay for. Some roofing contractors hire low-wage workers so they can deliver the lowest possible bids. These workers don’t care about your roof the way you do and a lot of the time they don’t have the skills needed to do a proper job. Get references from neighbors (or tradespeople or lumber yards) that you trust, and check major roofing manufacturer websites (certainteed.com, gaf.com, owenscorning.com) for lists of certified installers.
Invest in the Best Quality Products
To ensure you don’t have to worry about your roof again you might want to invest in high quality products. You might try buying shingles with the longest available warranty. These generally add just $300 to $500 to your total cost but are well worth it. You’ll also want to opt for copper flashing, the most durable metal for sealing the joints where a roof meets a wall or another roof, which might add $1,000 or more compared with aluminum. If you’re going to pay for labour anyways, if you can afford it, you might as well spring for good materials. It will stop you from worrying and will increase your resale value.
Replace the Old
A lot of roofs have two layers of materials on your roof, so if you only have a single layer in place an option is to put a new layer right on top of the old. That will save you a fair bit of money and reduce the construction time, but it means the roofer can’t inspect and repair the decking and flashing underneath if needed.
Don’t Pay Until Everything Is Cleaned Up
If you’ve had old roofing stripped off, about 10,000 nails came with it. Unfortunately, most of that lands on your grass and driveway. Contractors have a tool that makes it easy to pick these up. While roof replacement is of course first priority, clean up is also very important. Contractors get busy and then sometimes forget one of the most important jobs. Plus, you don’t want to be the one stuck cleaning up old shingles or even worse stepping on discarded nails.
The Best Season For Roofing
A well-coordinated roofing team is amazing which is why you pay them to fix or rebuild your roof. However, if roofers only wanted for perfect conditions to install a roof, they would go out of business. Extending work seasons helps roofers and consumers alike. The optimal roofing season is from late spring to early fall. Remember this is their busy season so if you want to book a roofing contractor so either book early or be patient.
Ask About Warranty
Before a roofer even starts you should ask about warrant. Extended roof warranty options are a smart add-on to your investment, but the coverages vary. Materials and labour have different set of warranties. Here is a breakdown about what we offer:
We carry $10,000,000 of liability insurance.
On-site WCB-compliant Trade Safety Coordinator and/or Construction Safety Officer.
Labour Warrant of 5 to 10 years for Flat or Sloped Roofs.
Material Warranty for Sloped Roofs from 5 years to lifetime.
Material Warranty for Flat Roofs from 5 years to 20 years.
5 – 10 year labour and up to 40 year Manufacturers guarantees on shingles.
How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?
The short answer is that it depends. Factors such as the weather, the configuration of the building, and the extent of the repairs can make the length of the project extend anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Generally, work on a small residential home can be completed within a few days, while larger buildings or commercial projects can take up to two weeks or more. These timelines are determined by a variety of factors.
Of course the type of work being done matters. Roof repairs and partial reroofing might only take a few hours to complete, especially if the area affected is relatively small. A complete roof replacement, however, requires stripping away the old roof, preparing the subsurface, laying a new roof, and finishing off details such as trim and gutters. These are projects that usually require several days to complete. In addition, some types of roofing (like tile) may take longer than others (like shingles).
Of course, the size and shape of your roof matters a great deal. A larger roof will obviously take longer to complete than a smaller roof, and a steeper roof will be more difficult than a shallow one. It might also take additional time to complete the job if your roof has multiple chimneys or other unusual features. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances such as high winds or sudden rain can add extra time to the project.
If you have any questions about roofing or would like a free estimate, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help, no matter how big or small the project is.