Roof replacement is easily one of the major home improvement projects you can do as a homeowner. However, you must be mindful of what NOT to do when planning for it to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. By avoiding these four mistakes, you get a roof that will be worth the cost.
1. Disregarding the Permits
Take note that a roof replacement involves making a substantial change in your residential property, so securing permits is always a must before you start. If not applied for, this could delay the project and even cause you to incur penalties. To avoid this, be sure that you hire an experienced professional roofing contractor, like Bone Dry Roofing, that can prioritize this aspect of your roofing project. Oftentimes, we’ll order the permit for you.
2. Installing the New Roof Over the Old One
Installing a new roof over your existing one may help you save on teardown and disposal costs. However, insisting on it may turn out to be a bad thing in the long run. The new roof may fail early because hidden conditions like trapped moisture in the roof deck are not addressed. Most roofers, including us, recommend a complete tear-off so the new roof will be at its best condition upon completion. The pros can also check for any pre-existing roofing issues and repair them before starting the actual installation. For example, if you do have some water damage or weak decking, we’ll only discover that after tearing the old roofing system off. If needed, Bone Dry Roofing will install new decking to ensure a durable, long-lasting roofing system.
Plus, if you’re at all interested in attic insulation, the tear-off process allows us to install your new insulation through the decking, eliminating the need to run hoses through your home!
3. Failing to Obtain a Written Estimate
As you search for the best roofing contractor for your needs, make it a point to always ask for a written estimate. This will serve as your proof if the cost starts to bloat or inflate later on, which might derail your prepared budget. Bone Dry Roofing will always provide a detailed estimate.
4. Hiring the Wrong People
Not researching the roofing pros you plan to hire is a big mistake you should avoid at all costs. The contractor you may be considering might not have the necessary licenses to perform roofing work or insurance to cover you from liability in case of injury or property damage while the project is going on. Make sure to do your homework before you hire a roofer—this can go a long way to separating the experienced from the less-reputable.
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