You already know that putting in a new roof is no small task, and there are many things you need to be aware of. With this, you want to proceed slowly but deliberately to avoid costly mistakes. Ignorance of the laws and local ordinances can ruin your day, and you may be the one who’s stuck with the bill. You don’t need to do extensive researching, but just as an example, it would help if you understand how to choose a good roofing contractor.
Anytime there’s a roofing issue, they tend to start small and then grow from there. What you need to do is survey all those places on your roof where there is something coming up from below as these tend to be the problematic areas. Most roofing and shingle or sealing problems are not hard to see because it’s common sense to spot something that looks like corrosion or water damage. The external part of your roof, the shingle, is the first line of defense from the elements, but there is material underneath that you need to protect and take care of as well. There are all kinds of different situations in which the homeowner thinks a new roof is needed. These are only general guidelines, and the bottom line is what’s going on there where you are. Perhaps the best thing is to speak with someone who knows about roofing, and preferably someone you can trust. If you are not sure or happy with the contractor advising you, then you can always talk to another one. The best solution is to get several opinions, or ideally maybe someone you know or a friend of a friend type of situation.
You can save a lot of money by installing the new roof on your own with the help of people you know who are capable of helping. As you can guess, most people will not do this, but there are those who do and it’s not impossible. Figure out how much you would pay the contractors, and you’ll find that you’ll spend much less if you do this on your own.
If this is your first roofing foray, then it can get confusing and you have to keep track of everything. There’s really a lot that can go wrong, and some of it may involve legal problems. Try to find somebody who can instruct about what to look for and avoid, and this is invaluable information.