I’ve Found Damage to My Roof, Now What?

Have your roof shingles become worn, aged or damaged? A roof replacement project protects your home from the elements as well as increases the value of your property. You’ll need to do your research on local roofing companies and choose the best quality roofing shingles your budget allows. Considering the typical costs of roof replacement projects, a little bit of hard work ahead of time is well worth it.


How to Hire the Best Roofing Company


Many contractors install roofing, and choosing the best contractor can be a daunting task. You may find that roofing project prices are fairly competitive, making it even more difficult to make your choice. Keep these three key characteristics in mind when researching roofing companies:


  • Experience – Invest in a contractor who is well established in the area, and has several job sites you can visit to have a look at their work. It’s a good idea to check local Better Business Bureau listings to get an idea of how long the company has been in business.
  • Insurance – Qualified professional roofing companies have full insurance coverage, protecting you in case of accident. Professional roofers will gladly confirm their insurance coverage – just be sure to ask them.
  • Warranty – Although most roofing replacements are straightforward, problems can occur, especially on installations occurring in colder months. Hire a roofing company that offers a decent warranty on their labor, and can provide information about the warranty.


How to Pick the Best Roofing Shingles


Besides hiring an experienced, fully insured roofing company that offers solid warranty coverage, you’ll also need to spend some time choosing the best shingles for your home.


Asphalt shingles are the industry standard, but innovations have expanded the list of available asphalt shingles over the last few years. Instead of the standard three-tab style, you can also opt for architectural shingles made from fiberglass and designed to last longer than the standard brand. Organic asphalt shingles are available from quality contractors.


Cedar wood shingles or shakes provide a rustic look for your home. These shingles provide excellent protection and a classic appearance on properties of any size. Other types of roofing materials include metal roofing, rubber, concrete, slate and clay tiles. These products tend to be more expensive than asphalt shingles and may require more support due to added weight.


Consider your initial budget when choosing roofing materials, and keep in mind how long you are planning to stay in the house. Investing in more durable shingles, or even metal roofing, makes sense if you will be living there for twenty-five years or more. If, on the other hand, you have plans to sell the home in five to ten years, a good quality asphalt shingle will provide the appearance and value you need.


Have a look at shingle samples against the exterior finish of your home, to gauge the overall appearance. Pay attention to color, and consider whether or not the shingles will fade over time.


Choosing the best roofing shingles and an experienced contractor ensures your roofing replacement project is a success.

Take the time to make good decisions with your home improvement investment.