Considerations When Contemplating a Roofing Replacement

Replacing a roof

When you've made the decision to replace your roof, it's normal to want to jump right in. But before you do, you may want to consider what impact a roofing replacement will have on your everyday life and how to get through it without too much discomfort. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a roof replacement from choosing a contractor to when you'll want to get a hotel room for the week.

  • The low quote won't necessarily end up being the one that costs you the least amount of money. Some contractors will intentionally give you a low quote and then add on extras on the back end to make up the difference, others will provide sub-standard work or may be a scam, especially if there's been a lot of roofing going on in your area due to storm damage. Make sure you get detailed, itemized quotes from several contractors, including having the specific materials used listed.
  • It's well worth the extra money to hire a quality contractor who offers a warranty on their work. Going with a lower-cost contractor and then having to hire in another contractor to repair their mistakes can easily and very quickly make up the difference between a low-cost, poor-quality contractor and getting the job done right the first time. Going with a quality contractor also means that you have the reassurance that the materials are installed correctly and in a fashion that doesn't void the material's warranty.
  • Man working on the roofDon't go for the lowest cost materials unless you're selling your home immediately. Even if you are planning on moving, using better quality materials can be a selling point that helps you sell your home faster. If you are planning on staying in your home, using the best possible materials for your budget help protect your investment in your home. Spending a little more money today means your next roofing replacement will be even further down the road.
  • Roofing replacement takes time and cost money. Though the crews can get the work done fairly quickly, you're probably not the only job they're working on at the moment. Expect to wait a bit, especially during the roofing season or if you have weather that isn't cooperating with your project. Plan on the project taking up to twice as long and being twice as expensive, and then you'll be pleasantly surprised when it's not that bad or will have a contingency plan in place if things do go wrong.
  • Construction of any kind is usually messy and roofing is no exception. Don't plan on hosting any special events at your home for at least a few weeks after the construction is completed. This gives you time to fix any damage that was done to your home, allows your landscaping to recover and gives you time to see to any other necessary work that has come about because of the roofing replacement.
  • You could have unintended damage if you don't prepare your home first. Make sure that you take down any items hung on walls or breakable items on shelves. The vibrations as the old roofing is removed and the new roofing is attached can knock these items down, causing damage to special things that can't always be repaired. You may also want to plan on dusting and changing out your air filters more often due to dust that appears while the work is underway. Closing your windows and covering or moving any outdoor decor or landscaping will help your home's appearance recover more quickly once the work is done.

With these considerations in mind, your roofing replacement will be far less painful and will allow you to adapt much more easily to any problems may arise. By planning ahead, you'll be able to enjoy your new roof for years to come. At Wallboard Supply Company, we're always happy to help answer any questions you may have about your roofing replacement, just contact us for details.

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Wallboard Supply Company is a third generation, family run business that has been serving New England's building needs since 1970. Bob Filion started the company with a commitment to provide quality drywall and finishing products with unmatched customer service. The company has grown over the years, expanding its' product range, but never wavering from its' core values.