Choosing to replace your roof is a huge undertaking and one of the most important decisions to protect your home. It is vital that you do your homework when choosing both the materials and professionals you want on your roof.
In my 14 years of experience, I have found that GAF roofing materials offer the best roofing system available, with the best underlayment, shingles and warranties in the entire industry.
But choosing materials is only half the battle: Who you hire to do the work is just as important. It is best to choose a local company with an outstanding reputation for offering quality workmanship. Always avoid the “storm chasers” who travel from state to state. When this type of contractor completes a job, they are off to the next storm-ravaged area — and your warranties go with them.
Make sure the companies you consider have a contractor’s license issued by the state, and not just a business license. This will ensure accountability to your state and local area, as well as providing a way to research them beforehand. Independent testimonial sites such as Kudzu or Angie’s List are a convenient way to see individual experiences with various contractors, providing the good (and possibly bad) attributes of each company.
The contractor you choose will need certain information to provide an accurate estimate. There are different ways to provide accurate measurements, including never having to step foot on your roof. It is always the best practice to keep as many people as possible off your roof. The more times it is walked on, the more susceptible it is to damage. Companies can measure your home’s dimensions from the ground, using tools to add pitch factor and waste to determine all final measurements. This provides extremely accurate measurements.
To have your roof inspected for damage, your insurance company is always your best bet. Not only are they the ones who would inevitably determine whether or not you receive compensation, they also are trained and insured to be up there. You can put yourself at risk by letting someone without insurance set foot on your roof. This is a very dangerous endeavor and you could be liable if any accident occurs.
Besides being a considerable investment, your home’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements. It’s important that you consider all the facets of a replacement and make the best choices for your family. For more information on roof replacement, see https://EXOVATIONS.com/blog/index.php/2011/02/current-trends-in-roofing/