Roofing Do’s and Don’ts

checklist-153371_1280Fact: A roof replacement is a major home improvement. That is why it’s important as a homeowner to do your homework and spend time researching every aspect of the project: from the roofing material, to the color, and most importantly, the Jacksonville roofing company completing the work.

We’ve put together a helpful list of do’s and don’ts to guide you through the decision-making process.

Do consider different material options. You don’t have to replace your existing roof with the exact same roofing material. Work with your contractor to discuss the best options for your region and budget.
Do consider style and appearance – A roof can last between 20 and 30 years, so it’s important to pick one that you like and has great curb appeal.
Do request a detailed estimate – Make sure that the estimate provided to you includes materials, time and labor as well as a projected start and finish date.
Don’t add a layer of roofing on top of your existing roofing without checking your roof’s structure and condition, understanding the requirements of the new material. Though you can often add a second layer of asphalt-shingles directly on top of one existing layer, additional layers will add significantly to the weight of your roof. The structure must be able to handle the weight.
Do check roofing contractor references – Find out what other people are saying. Take the time to read online reviews, ask around town and request customer testimonials from your contractor to ensure that they are the best company for the job.
Do make sure materials are what you paid for – Inspect materials when they are delivered to your jobsite to ensure that they are the new, high quality materials you requested.  Confirm that you are getting what you paid for.

If you haven’t replaced a roof before, you’re likely to have a number of questions. Contact ACrownRoofing, your Jacksonville roofing company, for questions, concerns and an estimate on a new roofing system for your home.