One of the most important aspects of any home is the roof. When purchasing a new residence, one of the first questions realtors are often asked is, “How old is the roof?”. This then sparks a debate about whether or not it will need replacement or repair work in the near future and arguably, the answer could have an impact on the overall price of a certain property. In the event that a roof is in less than satisfactory condition or warrants obvious repair, then accommodations should be made by the seller in order to make a buyer feel comfortable with the purchase. In this instance, typically repairs or a new roof would be installed prior to the transaction being completed but there are also everyday occurrences which force homeowners into considering a new roof for their home. Storm damages, falling debris, and natural aging over time, can also warrant some type of repair or replacement.
There are many factors which determine how long a roof will last, including location, climate, and construction materials but most average about 25 years. With this in mind, a timetable can be determined for the state of your current home and its conditions. In the event that a new roof is warranted, following the appropriate steps in order to ensure its replacement will provide quality service well into the future is important. When you think about it, a roof is essentially the protective layer you have between Mother Nature and all that is valuable within your home - family and belongings - not to mention a critical component of the energy efficiency associated with your residence. Protecting these assets is undoubtedly critical, so following a well thought out plan in order to arrive at the best possible conclusion, with a roof that is precisely suited for your property is important. If you find yourself in this position, consider the following steps to help you arrive at a decision.
If you believe a roof is in need of replacement
but there aren’t any obvious defective areas, consider having a professional complete a thorough inspection of the property. Not only should they provide you with a quality analysis but it may be that a simple repair project can be completed without having to overhaul the entire surface area.
Even in the event that an obvious repair is necessary, an inspection can still help to analyze the extensiveness of any damage and may save money in the long run. If a roof can be repaired instead of replaced entirely, then the cost difference could be considerable.
While there may be some research involved in finding someone to complete an inspection, the real work begins after you have an understanding of exactly what the project entails. If you are not happy with the inspection results, then perhaps gathering a second opinion, would be beneficial but once it is concluded that some type of replacement or repair is necessary then the real work begins. For some, this will begin their journey, especially if they have sustained some type of storm damage and the roof is obviously in some type of distress.
A majority of people trust online reviews as much as friends and given this is how searches typically begin for someone providing a service, the importance of quality feedback is apparent. In the past, individuals would often seek the advice of family or friends and while this is still an important part of the information gathering, checking out businesses online - comparing websites and even making a few phone calls can assist in narrowing down your options for the job. Once you are comfortable or have narrowed down the remaining candidates, consider moving on to the next step in this process.
Receiving an estimate should provide homeowners with an idea of exactly what the project will entail. Not only should the companies give a breakdown of the associated costs, but a timeline and clean-up process should also be established. If the quote involves some type of fee, make sure this is applied to the bill if granted the job, although most professional services are willing to grant individuals a free estimate.
Comparing the quotes and exactly what each entails will help determine who should be granted the job. Every project is different and the factors associated with various companies may influence an individual to select one business over another. The end result here is to make certain the homeowners comfortable with what work is to be conducted, pricepoint, and all aspects associated with completing the job in a professional and timely manner.
At this point in the process a contract can be signed, signaling the beginning of actual work in order to complete a roof repair or installation. Keep copies of these documents for your records and also to make certain that each of the outlying factors described in the contract are completed to your satisfaction.
The final step of this process - completing the actual work and/or replacement. While some may simply conduct a quick online search, make a phone call, and proceed with whoever answers on the other end - the results can be hit or miss. As important as the roof is for your home and family, making sure you know who is working on your home and that the job will be guaranteed will go a long way in making sure you rest easy at night.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!