Just like any decision regarding the home, picking the roof materials should be done only after much consideration and thought, and done with a budget in mind. When walking down that decision-making process, there are several things to consider: the cost of the project, hiring an experienced roofing contractor, the materials being used, the extra features, and the speed of the project.
The cost of the whole project should be within one’s budget, just in case. There’s nothing worse than a project going over cost, when it was already near the limit to begin with.
2. Reputation of the Contractor
The reputation of the contractor matters. Does he take his word seriously? Does he provide references upon request? Some will low-ball a bid to make it cheap, but the work is useless. What do other people say about the contractor? What do other contractors say about him? His reputability and the ability to have people trust in him keeps him in business. Finding a reputable roofing contractor
is priceless. 3. Materials
What will the roof materials be made out of? There are a plethora of options when it comes to choosing a roofing material: tiling, shingles, single-ply, metal, and felt. Each material has some pros and cons. No matter the material, the ability to conserve energy should also be a factor in the decision. Discuss the options with the contractor.
a. Metal costs more, and can need new paint every couple of years, and is more slippery when wet than other kinds. But it also lasts longer before needing replaced.
b. Shingles need replacement but are fairly cheap, and have a plethora of colors and options to choose from . However, those shingles that are coated in asphalt, rise in price in correlation with the rise in oil prices.
c. The singly-ply is the most economically friendly—all of the material are able to be recycled, but costs more as well.
Weight the options with the length of time before replacement.
4. Extra Features
a. Skylight: The cost of the project will increase when extra features like skylights are added. At the same time, it increases the value of the home as well.
b. Gutters: The costs of gutters should be consulted in the project as well since it is attached to the roof. Keeping and maintaining it are vital.
The time deadline for the project matters too. Hold them to it. It’s a mess. Discuss the timetable with your contractor and hold him to it. If left too long, it can seriously damage the structure.
When contemplating building a new roof, there are several things to consider. These include the cost, reputability of the contractor, materials, extra features, and duration of the project itself. Compare all of these factors, and discuss options with the contractor, to come to the best informed decision possible.