By Evelyn Witterholt.
Replacing the roof on your home is no easy feat. With so many factors to consider, like who to hire as a contractor or what products to use, it can be quite a difficult process. One way to make the process easier is to listen to what experts have to say about the matter. That’s why in a recent podcast, we spoke with experts from IKO Industries and Calendar Construction who give homeowners the tools they need to take on the re-roofing process.
Here are three considerations the experts recommend you make when it comes to preparing your home for a reroof:
Having a great roof starts with hiring a great contractor. These are the people who are going to be responsible for the entire process of re-roofing your home, so it’s important for you to do your research on them accordingly. A few places you can look to find a reliable roofing contractor is on RoofersCoffeeShop.com or check out IKO’s ROOFPRO Contractor Directory.
“Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. You want to make sure you choose a quality contractor,” Contractor Erin Weston of Calendar Construction says. “Always ask for references, pictures of past work, proof of liability insurance, even check their contractor license on the state board website.”
Sometimes your roof could be in decent shape, but you’ll also want to consider the other benefits of re-roofing your home. If the exterior of your home looks great but you think your roof could use a makeover, it’s worth it to get one! Enhancing the curb appeal of your home is important if you’d like to one day sell it for a good price in the future or if you simply want the exterior of your home to be as beautiful as possible.
Matt Weston of Calendar Construction says that if you are thinking about changing the look of your roof, regardless of condition, then it’s still a good idea to do so. “Maybe it's because you don't have curb appeal or back of your mind, you're like, ‘Oh, when is it going to fail?’ You don't want to get to those points because you’ll have more damage and more money to be spent,” he said.
When it comes to choosing which product to reroof your home with, you’ll want to think about the weather in your area. If you live somewhere with lots of moisture or heavy winds, you want to be sure that your roof can withstand these conditions. Jack Gottesman, contractor channel programs director at IKO, says their Performance Shingles line can handle intense weather conditions all while looking great on a roof.
“Even if you don't live in an area where you traditionally expect hurricanes or high winds, you want to make sure that you are going the extra mile just in case the worst happens,” Jack says. “By using a shingle like IKO's Performance Class shingles that come with 130 mile an hour limited wind warranty, you can really be thinking ahead to tomorrow.”
Listen to the full podcast to get the inside scoop about preparing your home for re-roofing.
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Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie.
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