Getting a new roof for your home is a great way to improve its value and make sure that your home’s inhabitants are safe throughout different seasons. Before you embark on getting a new roof, however, there are a few things you need to consider. Five of these things are outlined below, so look at them and get ready to give your home an upgrade.
Prepare the Surroundings
The first thing you need to do is to think about your environment. To make sure you don’t start working with potential hazards and obstacles around, prune any trees near the house and cut the grass on your lawn. Also, find an alternative place to park your car so that the roofing contractors can easily bring in materials and unload them, as well as easily access their tools and the equipment they need. A replacement roof can yield 85% or even more of its investment costs back when the house is resold. Some owners can even get 100% or more back if they sell the house at a better price. This potential value addition should make it easier for you to make the necessary sacrifices for a short time while your roof is being replaced.
Evaluate the Roof Frame
Before you install a new roof, evaluate the roof frame and give it a proper inspection. The last thing you want is to have a new roof placed over an old, rickety frame that may fail at any time. Have the roofing contractor you’re working with look at it and give you the go-ahead to put up the new roof, or demolish it and install it afresh. This will also be necessary if the roof that you’re removing is made of a lighter material than the one you intend to put up. To avoid putting undue pressure on your frame and creating issues in the near future, make sure that the roof frame is in a condition to support the new roof you’re putting up.
Think About the Material
To make sure that your roof is the best investment for you and the environment, it’s good to pick the best material. Metal roofs, for instance, have been proven to last more than 30 years with minimal maintenance done on them. This means that there’s less material going into the landfill with a roof replacement, especially if the roof being replaced was not made of recyclable material. Do your research to ensure you pick the right roof and end up with an investment you can be proud of for years to come.
Protect Property in the Attic and on the Walls
It’s a good thing to make sure that any art or decor on your walls is covered before work on the roof begins. This will be necessary because of debris from above, which is inevitable when the roof is being worked on. Also, cover up everything in the attic or move it all together to keep it safe from debris as well as the weather because it will be left exposed for a brief period while the roof is being installed.
Find the Right Roofing Company
Finally, make sure you’re set up for success by working with the right roofing company. This should be one that has enough experience as well as good reviews to create a solid reputation. With 90% of all the asphalt roofs sold in America being fiberglass shingles, it’s good to work with a company that will be forthcoming with information about the materials they’re using. They should also give you the roof you want and use their know-how to give you the best in terms of advice.
Make the five considerations above and you will find it easy to get a new roof with little or no damage to any of your property. You will be happy when you know that your home’s value has just gone up considerably, as did its curb appeal.