For most of us, a roof replacement is a once-in-a-lifetime task. We have no learning curve at all. We get no practice round before the Big Day. How, then, can a homeowner ensure a smooth process for complete roof replacement?
Select a roofer carefully. Get competitive bids from at least three different roofers, and make certain each one checks these basic boxes:
- Proof of workers’ compensation coverage
- Proof of liability insurance
- C-39 Roofing License
- Recent online reviews like Google and Yelp
- Local physical address
The low bid is not necessarily the best bid. Compare the three bids to ensure you pick the best contractor for your needs.
Before signing a contract with the roofer, read the paperwork carefully. Know exactly what the scope of work includes, and what is excluded. Ask questions for anything you do not understand.
The scope of work should include information about:
- The brand and model
- The method of attachment (four nails for shingles; mechanical fasteners for metal roofing, and so on)
- Cost of replacing any damaged plywood if needed
- Details of removal and disposal of old roofing materials
- Clean up after the job (landscaping, magnet sweeping of the yard)
It’s your roof; you have a right to monitor the removal of the old roof and installation of the new roof. A site manager or project leader should be on hand to answer any questions.
At the same time, let the crew do its work. The faster the work goes, the sooner you have your new roof! Be available and, if you wish, take photographs to document the process (safely, from the ground), but stay clear of workers and equipment.
Keep pets and small children indoors for safety. Expect to see tarps over landscaping, bushes and yard ornaments. Most crews appreciate an offered cup of coffee, soda, or a donut. They all appreciate access to a bathroom. Feel free to ask them to remove boots beforehand.
Most crews can re-roof a house —even a large home with a complicated roof — in two or three days. Stay alert throughout the job but expect to hear banging, crashing, sawing and nailing. Even a smooth roof replacement is noisy!
To ensure the smoothest possible roof replacement, engage with the best local roofer, Roof Repair Specialist. Contact our offices today to see how we can help you learn all you need to know about getting a superb new roof.