Things you need to do whenever you need to replace your roof
Dynamic Home Remodel is located in Wilmington, DE, and has proudly served customers since the year 2013. Our company has an extensive background in the industry of roofing with expert experience of more than 15 years. The company has provided professional siding and roofing services to various contractors, restoration companies, and homeowners.
The installation of a new roof is one of the most essential out of all of the major home repairs. In case an old roof fails, it will allow water to destroy a lot of things inside the home. It may create damages from the insulation of the attic up to the wonderfully remodeled kitchen and right through the family room in the basement that has a big-screen television.
It is vital to avoid delays in the replacement of the roof. Whenever you sense that the roof is near the end of its life, make sure to brush up on every basic before you solicit bids from any roofing contractor.
Shop around the area
Lots of roofers don’t worry that much in pleasing every customer because roof replacement usually occurs just once every several decades. Because of this, they usually don’t need to rely on any repeat business. Aside from this, lots of homeowners often choose roofers solely on the price making roofing contractors hire workers with a low wage so they can provide the lowest bids possible. Because of this, people need to be really careful on who they should hire. They need to get references from people that they trust such as lumber yards, neighbors, and tradespeople as well as major websites of roofing manufacturers like GAF, Owens Corning, and CertainTeed to get lists of installers that are certified. After getting a list of certified installers, ask for client reference from the ones that you consider and review their reputations and backgrounds on reliable websites such as Angie’s List, ContractorCheck, etc.
Have the old stripped away
In case you are allowed to have a couple of layers of asphalt shingles on the roof, if there is just one in place, you may have another layer installed on top of it. This can help you save approximately $1,000 but the roofer may not be able to repair and inspect the flashing and decking underneath it. In case you reside in a climate that is cold, having the old roof stripped away will allow the contractor to put a water and ice shield. This rubber membrane may be in use to avoid any leakage that may be present at the eaves in case there is a buildup of ice. The tear-off may get so much more complicated whenever there is something aside from asphalt there. Whenever you see the original shingles of wood on the roof’s underside whenever you go to the attic, you may not just have to get everything torn off but you also need to have a new plywood decking installed. All of these may add so much more to the cost.
Go for the top shelf
In order to ensure that you wouldn’t have to worry about the roof in the near future, make sure that you get products that are of high quality. Go for the high quality shingles that can last for fifty years. You may also want to choose a copper flashing as it is a highly durable metal for sealing any joining where the roof meets another roof or wall. This may add $1000 more in comparison to aluminum.
Become attentive to paperwork
Even if the job will only last for a couple to five days depending on the style and size of the roof, roofing will still involve a lot of money and liability. It is essential to have the three documents: written contract, building permit, and letter from the insurance contractor. The written contract should specify all of the details you agreed to which includes the cost of the project and the products used. The building permit ensures that the contractor will follow the building code. The insurance carrier of the contractor must provide a letter addressed to you that confirms that the project is under coverage in the worker’s liability and compensation plan of the contractor.
Never provide payment until you see them use the magnet
Whenever you need to strip off the old roofing, approximately 10 thousand nails may have been used with it. Most of this may have landed on the driveway, mulch, or grass. Contracts usually have a tool that can make it easy for them to pick these up. It is a gigantic magnet with wheels that is passed over the yards so it can grab any dropped fasteners in order to avoid injuries or flat tires. However, workers oftentimes forget to bring this to the job site. In case you still see nails around when your roofer asks for a payment, ask him to bring a magnet so that the dropped fasteners and nails will be out of the area.
Dynamic Remodel is a locally owned and operated company that prides itself with providing quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and affordable pricing. Our company has a BBB Rating of A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
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