5 Steps To Take When Shopping for a New RoofApril 7, 2022
Having a new roof put on your home is a major renovation project. It is definitely not one to be taken lightly or scheduled without a lot of thought going into it. Following these five steps can help you choose a roof to create the look you want for your home.
1. Have the Roof Structure Evaluated
Unless you have had issues with your existing roof, it may not occur to you to have the underlying structure evaluated. However, there are several reasons why you should never skip this step. For example, some homes may not be able to support heavier roofing materials. In other cases, there could be hidden damage that will reduce the stability and durability of your new roof if they are left unfixed.
2. Decide On the Look You Want
Today’s roofing materials can help you achieve almost any architectural look you could want, so it is important to start by deciding what that look is. Unless you are planning a whole home renovation, it is a good idea to start with the basic style of your home. From there, you can explore variations on that theme.
3. Choose Materials for Durability
When you choose an architectural style, you will also probably narrow your material selection. However, that does not mean you are done selecting a roof. Every type of roofing material has varying patterns, colors and quality levels. You will need to find one that matches your vision for the home’s exterior and your budget.
4. Check Contractor References
It is common practice to request references from potential contractors. However, many homeowners never follow up on these once they are in hand. Don’t make this mistake. Call, email or somehow get in contact with the references you are given. Ask about their experience with the contractor, what they liked, and what they wish had been done differently. Be sure to ask questions about meeting deadlines and the cleanliness of the worksite. These can be important factors in a home renovation project.
5. Look for Gutters That Complement the House
Far too often, gutters are chosen at the end of a project, almost as an afterthought. This misses an opportunity for you to make a statement with your gutter choice. Look for interesting materials, colors and profiles that work with the look you want. It is also a good idea to invest in gutter guards Vancouver so that you don’t have to worry about keeping those new gutters clean.
Approaching your new roof by having the structure evaluated, deciding on a style choosing materials for durability and finding complementary gutters can help you navigate the project in an orderly manner.