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The Dos and Don’ts of Roof Replacement




If it’s time for you to consider a new roof for your home in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Tacoma we want you to feel prepared. We know a new roof is a significant investment, so let’s talk more about our dos and don’ts when it comes to roof replacement.


The Dos


DO get at least three estimates. This will help you gain a better understanding of what materials fit your budget, and what type of contractor you want to work with.


DO ask for references. The best way to know if you’ve chosen a reputable contractor is to ask for references. We are happy to provide these.


DO get your home and family ready for a project of this size. Getting a new roof means you will have a team of roofers walking on your roof. It can get loud.


DO consider using a different type of material or shingle color. Ask each contractor about the options they recommend and work with them to determine the material that meets your goals.


DO take into account wind and fire ratings. Not all manufacturers submit their materials for testing, so we recommend you select a product that has been rated.


DO request a detailed estimate and get it all in writing. It should include cost, materials, and schedule.


DO choose an aesthetically appealing look for the simple reason of maximizing your curb appeal. Your roof can last for decades, so why not have it stand out in your neighborhood?


The Don’ts


DON’T start without a contract. All reputable contractors will have you sign a contract prior to starting any work. Before any work begins (this includes the 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.


DON’T be driven by cost. A roof is a huge investment that provides a safe shelter for your family. Let all your decisions reflect that.


DON’T forget to check with your HOA. If you live in an HOA, you are likely limited to certain materials or a specific aesthetic.


We DO hope to be your partner in roofing. Give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

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