Roofing has become a booming business in the U.S. Both newly constructed and older homes need regular roof care and replacement. If you’re in the market to replace your roof, how do you know if you’re making the right decision in such a crowded market? Today we take a look at some tips to help you make the right choice.

How do I know if I need a roof replacement?

Even the very best roof will wear out over time, so if your roof is reaching the 20 to 25 year mark, it’s time to get ready. However, there are some other reasons you may want to replace a roof. These include shingle damage, water leaks, sagging ceilings, mold issues, or moss growing on your roof. Energy spikes on your bills can also indicate failing insulation and roof cracks. There’s also curb appeal to consider, as a roof facelift will immediately update your home.

What should I consider when replacing my roof?

Perhaps the most important consideration for your roof replacement is what material you will replace it with. Asphalt and slate shingles are the most popular choice, but roofing technology has come a long way and you have options open to you you may never have considered. Metal roofs, in particular, have become an energy-efficient and quiet choice. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits not only the look of your home, but your lifestyle as well. Make sure it’s easy to winterize if live in a cold area.

Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to get in touch with a roofing company. Try to find professional roofers who come recommended within your area. Online reviews help, although take them with a pinch of salt, as they can be manipulated. Word of mouth remains one of the best ways to find a good company.

Try to avoid the price trap. You don’t want to be ripped off, but you also don’t want to opt for the cheapest quote. Make sure there’s no hidden fees that will be added on once you accept, and make sure you can compare quotes accurately.

What about roof removal?

Don’t assume that removal of the roof is part of the quote. If you’re getting your roof replaced, it’s not wise to place new shingles over the old ones, as this will just shorten the lifespan of the new roof. Not all contractors will remove the roof for you, so make sure to get some clarity.

Even if the company has roof removal handled, it’s worth asking them where and how the process will work. Will they bring a dump cart? Where will it stand? Is there any risk of property damage for you and the neighbors? Are they insured for that? If you’re looking for the best ways to dispose of the old roof yourself, there’s fun projects for repurposing shingles you may enjoy.

No matter how good the contractors you choose are, remember that a roofing project will be loud and disruptive. There’s really no way around this, and it’s not a sign of poor work from the contractors. This is why you want to work with a reputable firm you can trust. Since you can’t do much about the disruption, you want roofers that work fast and efficiently. This way, the project is completed within a minimal timeframe. If you have architectural details like a rooftop terrace or solar panels, you will need to take extra care.

Lastly, make sure to read your paperwork, and get someone else to read it too. Make sure you know exactly what you’re agreeing to, what’s needed from you, and what the contractor will handle. That way you can keep unpleasant surprises at bay!

Replacing a roof is a big task, but it needn’t be a nightmare with the right help and these handy tips.