Your roof is the most important part of your house. It keeps the water out! Now you may not like having to pay to replace a roof, the most important and function it serves should help ease the pain of spending $6,000 to $20,000 on the work! (The average roofing cost according to Angie’s List is around $11,000).
Wow! For that kind of money, you want to be doggone sure the job is done right – the first time! Here’s some things you should know. Of course, if you have questions about getting your roof redone in the Uniontown, PA area, feel free to request a quote!
1. Shop around for best roofing prices
Some roofers don’t care much about satisfying customers, since replacing a roof only happens every few decades. They don’t exactly have to count on repeat business. Plus, you may be driven to choose your roofer based on price, but you have to remember that many roofers hire very low-wage workers so they can deliver really low bids. It comes down to being careful who you hire! Get plenty of references from people you trust, such as neighbors, coworkers, family and friends, tradespeople or lumber yards. Check major roofing manufacturer websites like certainteed.com, gaf.com, owenscorning.com for their lists of certified installers. Once you’ve narrowed it down, request client references from everyone you’re considering, and check out their reputations on sites like Angie’s List.
2. Tear off the old
You’re allowed to have two layers of asphalt shingles on your roof, so if there’s only one now, you can put another on top. This will save a mess and maybe $1,000, but the roofer won’t be able to repair any weak or broken spots in the decking below the roofing, nor will the roofer be able to repair any flashing around your chimney. However if you live in a cold climate, you better strip it all off and get an ice/water shield installed! It’s a rubber membrane that prevents leaks at the eaves in the event of an ice buildup.
3. Choose high quality roofing
You don’t want to worry about your roofing for a long time. So choose 50 year shingles. It may only add $300-500 to your total cost, but the peace of mind and durability are well worth it! You can choose those long lasting shingles with an “architectural” look to give your house some upscale character, and this will only add another $250-750. Lastly, consider copper flashing over aluminum, because it’s the most durable metal for sealing the joints where a roof meets a wall or another roof. It might add $1,000 or more for copper, but again, what’s your peace of mind worth for the next half century?
4. You better read the paperwork!
Roofing involves a ton of liability and money. You don’t want such a quick job (maybe only 2-5 days!) to go awry. You must have these documents: 1) A building permit for a roofing project; this is to make the roofer follow building code. Plus your roof warranty may be VOID if you don’t get a permit. 2) A written contract signed by you and the roofer, which includes ALL the agreed-to details, products, and project costs. 3) A letter addressed to you from the roofer’s insurance provider showing that your roofing project is covered under the roofer’s worker’s compensation and liability plan.
5. Don’t pay until you see the magnet!
If you’ve had old roofing removed, you’ll find about 10,000 nails in your yard and driveway. If left there, you’ll end up with flat tires, injury, etc. You don’t want that! But the contractor has the solution. They have a huge magnet on wheels that you push just like a lawnmower. It works like magic and picks up all the nails! Bad news is contractors sometimes forget to bring it to the job site. So, when the roofer shows up for the final payment, don’t give it to him unless he brings the magnet (and does a thorough job of going over your yard, mulch and driveway!