Here are five commonly asked roofing questions that everyone should know before they get a new roof or re-roof their home.
How much does it cost to replace a roof? There is no simple answer as to how much your new roof will cost. Typically, the cost can run between 2,000 and $12,000 depending on the size of your home, type of roofing materials, and workmanship involved. To give you a bid, a roofing contractor will first have to consider your home’s square footage, the pitch of roof, removal of your old roof, type of roofing material, accessibility, roof permit and city license, and labor. While your insurance may cover much of the cost of your new roof, you will still have to pay your insurance deductible.
How can I choose the right roofing contractor? Quotes are important, but don’t stop there. Ask your roofing contractor for references. Then find out if they’ve had any complaints. Then check their rating on the Better Business Bureau. If any of these things don’t check out, keep shopping. The most important thing in hiring a roofing contractor is that they run a reputable business.
How long does it take to replace a roof? Replacing your roof really depends on a variety of factors. The roofing company itself may have a policy about the timing of their installations. Your roof may have special considerations which delay the process. And, of course, your roof installation could be delayed by the weather. So how do you make sense of all of these factors? The best way is to talk directly to the roofing contractor. Ask if they have policy about installation timing. Ask about typical installations. If needed ask for references.
Should I have my chimney looked at before I have roof work done? The short answer here is yes. Given that your chimney may need new flashing, it is always best to have this done before installing a new roof so as not to interfere with your roof installation.
Do I need a permit to have my roof replaced? Amazingly, this is still a question. The answer here is ALWAYS yes. You should never install a roof without a permit, and any contractor who tells you that you don’t need a permit should also be avoided. It is the job of your roofing contractor to not only know your local building codes, but also to insure that your new roof meets them, and that all necessary permits are in hand before installing your roof.
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