Getting a New Roof? Some Important Considerations...
A new roof can be both exciting and daunting, but as your go-to roofer in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Silverdale, we are here to make sure you understand what goes into your new roof. We are committed to making this process as simple as possible.
If you’re considering a new roof, here’s what we want you to know.
By materials, we are talking about the roof covering, which is usually shingles. And you have so many options, styles, and colors to choose from.
The most common roofing material in the US is asphalt shingles. But in the Pacific Northwest, cedar shake roofs and metal roofs are also popular.
You will likely want to replace what you currently have, which makes a lot of sense, but don’t feel obligated. Roofing materials have come a long way in the last 20 years.
Metal roofs have made a name for themselves in the roofing world. They can mimic the look of other roofing materials but are far superior to traditional asphalt in both performance and looks.
One of the biggest considerations when it comes to asphalt shingles is color. You can learn more about how to make that choice in a recent blog here.
Having a new roof installed is loud – there is just no way around it. So, if you’re expecting a new baby, or planning on having a guest from out-of-town stay, we recommend you time your roof installation around these events.
Warranties are complex and can be intimidating. So, before you sign any contracts, please clarify with your contractor what is and what isn’t covered as part of your warranty.
For Rainy Day exteriors, we take pride in the fact that, in addition to the manufacturer warranty, we offer a complete workmanship warranty for the life of materials and as long as you own your home. This warranty is in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty.
We go into detail about what you need to know about your roof warranty in a recent blog post here.
Under certain circumstances, you might be able to add the new layer of shingles over the old ones. While this is not our most preferred method, it can be right for some customers.
Get a Contract
Before any work begins (this includes removal of shingles) be sure you have a signed contract in place. The contract should clearly define the schedule, scope of the project, cost, and complete list of all materials (including shingles, and underlayment). Be wary of any contractor that doesn’t want to sign a contract before work begins.
In the world of roofing, we so you should never pay until the last nail is removed. When roofers remove the old roof, thousands of nails are ripped off and land in your lawn and driveway. They can be annoying and downright dangerous, and that’s why we say you should never pay until you see us roll our giant magnet over your yard and driveway.
When it comes time for you to get a new roof, we will be here to help you every step of the way.
If you’re ready to get started, contact us now to schedule your free inspection and estimate.