We asked top-rated HomeAdvisor pros and industry experts to share their tips for repairing and replacing your roof. Here’s their advice for putting your plans in motion and successfully completing your roofing projects:
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1. Think function first.
Homeowners are often most concerned with the aesthetic features of their new roof, such as shingle color and style, says Mark Okland, Roofing Product Development Manager at IKO North America. “But quality and performance are equally important factors.”
2. Research your contractor.
Many homeowners focus on materials and don’t research their contractor enough, says Sean Shapiro, CEO of Reliant Roofing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “Price isn’t the only consideration. Experience and commitment to craftsmanship are just as important.”
3. Book an inspection.
It’s always a good idea to have a contractor inspect your roof, says Okland. “Even if your roof and its shingles appear fine from the exterior, a careful inspection may reveal less obvious damage that can be costly if left alone.”
4. Don’t skimp on materials.
Basic architectural shingles are a popular choice, Okland says. “(But) upgrading to a performance or premium shingle can deliver additional beauty and weather-resistance benefits.” It’s also important to prioritize the longevity of a product, says Shapiro: “Certain materials will last longer than others based on your home’s location.”
5. Don’t overlook your warranty.
Understanding how your warranty works requires some due diligence, says Shapiro. “Focus on companies who have been in business the longest. They carry time-tested products.”
6. Have a maintenance plan.
Housekeeping is an important part of roof maintenance, says Okland. “This includes routine cleaning, clearing and tidying of the roof and its related systems.”
7. Choose quality brands.
There are only so many manufacturers, says Shapiro. “Companies like GAF and Owens Corning put more money into research and development. Always avoid the guy in a truck trying to sell discounted materials.”