Putting a new roof on your house is a major production and a large investment. It requires that you do your homework to secure a professional contractor who stands behind their work.
Homeowners also need to have reasonable expectations about what the work will entail, says Scott McIntyre, owner of Total Roofing in Colorado Springs.
“People are going to stand on top of your house, remove materials from your roof and toss them to the ground, and then nail in new materials,” he says. “Even the best roofer is going to make noise and create debris, so it’s important that the homeowner is prepared for that.”
It’s more than noise and falling shingles, though. Having a new roof installed requires some planning. Here’s what how you should prepare for the project:
1. Do some research to find a reputable roofer. Ask friends and read online reviews to collect a pool of candidates. Then, check out other jobs they have done, make sure they are bonded and insured, and read your contract before signing on the dotted line.
2. Protect your belongings on the ground. Installing a new roof requires removing the old one. Shingles and perhaps plywood will be ripped out and tossed to the ground below. Take care to move cars, bicycles, potted or hanging plants and anything else you value from the area around the house prior to the start of work.
3. Be ready for the arrival of a dumpster. Depending on the size of a job, the roofer is likely to bring a dumpster to haul off all the debris. Making room for it alongside the house or in the street helps facilitate the work. Your lawn may take a few days to recover.
4. Inform your neighbors. There is going to be some noise, dust and dirt, so be sure to let your neighbors know ahead of time. Besides, they might need their roof repaired and would appreciate the benefit of your research on whom to hire.
5. Prepare yourself for bad news about the old roof. Water infiltration beneath the shingles can rot the wood below. If that’s the case, it needs to be replaced. This is often hard to identify until the old shingles come off.
6. Take care of your pets. The sudden arrival of a crew of strangers making a racket overhead can scare Fido or Snowball. Consider if you need to bring them to a neighbor’s house during the installation.
7. Expect the crew to clean up at the end of each day. A reputable roofer will collect all the debris at the end of each day’s work. They should use a magnetic tool to ensure that all the nails have been removed and the site is safe to walk around.
8. Review the warranty before making final payment. Make sure it covers both the product and the labor.
Installing a new roof can add years to the life of your home, improve its aesthetics and increase its resale value. Taking a little time to hire the right roofer, and preparing for a couple of days of upheaval, can smooth the process and help ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Total Roofing in Colorado Springs is a locally-owned and operated business that offers a 5-year workmanship warranty. Visit Total Roofing online or call (719) 591-4947 or 1-800-ROOF-PRO today.