Replacing your roof sounds like quite the tedious task, doesn’t it? Where should you begin? What types of questions should you be asking? How can you make sure that you’re getting the best value, the best deal, the best roof?
Well, have no fear because Executive Roof Services is here to provide you the best quality roofing in Vancouver. We want to share five great questions you should ask before you replace your roof, and why you should be asking them.
Before we get into it, we do want to stress one thing–be sure to ask a lot of questions about the contractor you hire. Of course, we would love if you hired us, but no matter who you choose, know that the contractor you hire is critical to a successful roof replacement. Check out references, look at how long they have been in this line of work, ensure proof of insurance, and even shop around a bit before signing a contract—you want to make sure you’re getting the best, right?
If you live near Vancouver, we can guarantee that we will give you the best quality roofing in the area, and we can provide you with all of the above as well! Now, what are five important questions that all homeowners should be asking before replacing their roof?
1. Does the entire roof need to be replaced?
Is there a leak in your roof and you’re afraid that the entire roof is going to give way? First of all, do not automatically assume this. Get a professional’s opinion!
Secondly, depending on the size and the location of where the leak is, you may not need an entirely new roof. Be sure to call a contractor to give you a full inspection and, as we alluded to above, be sure that you have done your research and your contractor is someone you can trust.
We do urge you, though, that if it is the case where you do not need an entirely new roof, not to do it yourself. It may seem tempting, especially to save money, but you definitely want a professional to be the one replacing your roof—whether it’s the entire roof or just one problematic area.
2. What materials are going to be used to replace the roof?
The type of materials can truly make or break a roof—they can make or break a budget as well. Assuming that you are on a budget that you need to stick to, you need to ensure that the materials the contractor is planning on using fit your aesthetic, resolves the problem you’re faced with, and meets your financial requirements.
However, it is important to note that you do get what you pay for. For this reason, we do recommend that you invest in top-shelf items as you want your roof to be in the best and strongest condition that it can be.
When it comes to replacing a roof, you do not want to cut any corners. Plus, investing a bit more now in the best materials will help you in the long run. Many times, when a not-so-old roof fails, it’s because substandard shingles were used. Don’t let this happen to you.
We also urge that you get everything in writing as you want the material specifications written down to be able to double-check that everything matches.
3. What kind of asphalt shingles are available?
Shingles are vital in terms of replacing a new roof. But, we want to point out that not all asphalt shingles are the same. You will need to decide whether you want the three-tab shingle, which is the most basic of shingles (installed in flat rows) or if you would prefer architectural shingles, which are the most sophisticated of the two options. These shingles are a bit thicker and rather than being installed in a straight line, they are installed in layers. These layers give a sense of depth and create texture.
4. What is the installation process?
You do not want to cut corners here. If you are asked whether you want to save money and have your contractor simply apply new shingles directly over an existing layer, say no. Invest the money as it will benefit you in the long run.
Shingles are the most durable when they are secured directly to the deck of the roof, meaning that if instead you are adding them on top of an already existing layer, your roof will not be as sturdy as you would like it to be (that is why you’re replacing your roof, right?).
Additionally, by removing this already existing layer, the contractor is able to see the roof deck and identify any problems that you may not know about. It’s much better to find out about this now when you have a contractor already up there working then to find out later after your new roof is already completed.
5. What happens if something goes wrong?
This question can apply both to when the roofers are working on your roof and afterward. You want to be prepared if something goes wrong during the process of replacing your roof by ensuring that your contractor has all the correct insurance, certifications, and licenses. Be sure that you are not liable for any accidents that may arise.
You will also want to know what your warranty includes and have an understanding of how long your new roof should last. For instance, asphalt shingle roofs tend to last for decades, however, some can last for a lifetime, while others will need to be replaced every twenty years or so.
Knowing the lifespan of your new roof is important in case something happens much sooner. Not all contractors provide a warranty, so ensure this is offered before you decide who to work with.
Of course, we understand that you will have a lot more questions than these five. We hope that these were helpful and if you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out. If you’re in the area and planning on replacing your roof, we hope you choose us. We guarantee the best quality roofing in Vancouver!