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You’re Getting a New Roof! What you Need to Know

Getting a new roof can be equally exciting, as it is daunting. As your go-to roofing contractor on the Kitsap Peninsula we want to make sure you know what to ask and be aware of when it comes time to get a new roof.

Hire a Professional

We know you’re thinking, “of course they want me to hire a professional.” But hear us out – yes, we want you to hire us, because we want this process to be easy, and that’s exactly what you get when you hire us. When you hire us, you benefit from our 20+ years of experience, avoid injury, and will save a considerable amount of time.

As a professional roofing company, we are also aware of all the intricacies that go into a roof replacement. This includes building codes and manufacturers specifications.

When you replace your roof, the manufacturer will have certain specifications that need to be adhered to ensure your warranty remains valid. In addition to the specifications provided by the materials supplier, Washington State Building code dictates numerous factors like flashing location, and drainage. If you’re curious, you can review the building code on roof assembly here. But when you hire us, you won’t have to. Give yourself the peace of mind you deserve, and give us a call.

Know Your Material Options

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is what type of roofing material you want. We discussed some of the best for the PNW climate here.

What’s important to understand is that you don’t have to simply go with what you had before. Roofing materials have come a long way over the last 10-15 years with many options that are durable, long lasting, cost effective, and provide the curb appeal you want.

We are happy to help you make this decision, and during our complimentary estimate, we will work with you to determine what material will fit your budget and your goals.

Play by the Rules

A new roof will require a building permit. Building Permits are issued by the city or town in which you live and are often required for your warranty to be considered valid. These can be obtained by the contractor, or you can get one before the work starts. Be clear with your contractor to be sure both parties know who is responsible.


Before you start any work, be sure to get a contract. For us, this is a natural first step, with many of the details discussed during our first meeting. We put it all in writing for you to review and sign before the work starts.

Your contract should include shingle type, color, and the scope of the work. The scope will include the exact area of the roof to be worked on and should also state whether disposal of your old roof is part of the work, as well as who is responsible for obtaining the building permit.

Once you have decided on a contractor, get proof of their bond. A contractor’s bonding documents let you know that they are insured, and that they have the financial capacity to take on new work.

Maintain it!

Don’t let all this hard work be for not. Maintain your roof, and have it inspected if you find a leak or missing shingles.

If you’re ready to put a new roof on your house, give us a call. We look forward to meeting with you.

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