When it’s time to put a new roof on their house, homeowners have to decide if they want to keep the same materials or change them. Since roofs last for decades, most homeowners have to learn about the different types of roofing materials. They can interview several roofers and get their take on the best roofing materials for their area and budget. The discussion should include shingles made from asphalt, wood, metal, slate, tile or fiberglass. Each of these materials comes in a variety of colors. There is one for every taste and budget.
If homeowners live in a historic district or development controlled by a homeowners association, they may be limited in their choice of materials or colors. They and their contractor should review the rules prior to selecting materials. They may even be required to submit their choice for approval to a local board or homeowners committee. Often these groups publish a list of brands, shingles and colors that are automatically approved to make replacing a roof easier.
Once construction starts, it’s important that roofing contractors keep the work area as neat as possible. They usually rent large dumpsters that are placed near the home. The job and clean-up goes much faster when crew members can just toss debris off of the roof and into the container. Because large nails and staples are often pulled off during the demolition phase, small children and pets should be kept out of the area. They could choke on these items or cut themselves. Once the construction is complete the roofing contractor uses a powerful magnet to make sure that they have picked up all of this type of debris.
Establishing a long-term relationship with a roofing company is a smart move. The roofer that installed the company knows it better than anyone else. They are therefore better qualified to set up a maintenance plan. They also are familiar with all of the inspection and repair requirements to keep the warranty in good standing. If there is a major storm in the area that causes widespread damage to many homes, roofing contractors give preference to their regular customers. The homeowner has the added peace of mind knowing they are dealing with a contractor they know and trust.