You’ve heard of a bathroom remodel, and of course there’s also the kitchen remodel. But a roof remodel? That’s a foreign concept to many homeowners. But what else do you call the process of having your old roof either partly or completely dismantled, and a new one put in its place? This is a process that can dramatically change the look of your entire home, perhaps breathing new life into the entire property. What is that if not—basically—a kind of remodeling? Whatever you want to call it, roof remodeling is something we recommend. It adds a great deal of home value, and if your roof is on its last legs, replacing it with a new one can transform your entire place. Maybe that’s the boat you’re in: Either because your roof is falling apart or you simply want a new look, you’re thinking seriously about “roof remodeling.” As you do so, allow us to offer a few tips:
- It is easy to think of the roof as a purely utilitarian thing. It’s easy to think in terms of insulation and durability and things like that—and those are important considerations, to be sure! They are not the only considerations to make, however. Remember that your roof plays a huge role in the overall look and aesthetic of your home, so appearance should absolutely be a consideration when you think about what kind of roof to get.
- If you’re unsure of whether you actually need a new roof or not, remember that there are a few ways you can make an informed decision. Start by simply looking at the roof through a pair of binoculars. The signs of roof disrepair are often easy to spot—shingles that are curling, warped, cracked, or missing altogether! If you cannot tell for sure or need more information, you can always call a roofing contractor to ask for an inspection—and in fact, you should always get an inspection before committing to a new roof.
- Seeing is believing. Before you sign on for a new roof, make sure you see some indication of what it will look like. This might mean having the contractor show you a photograph or a model, or at the very least some material samples. However it works out, though, don’t commit to a new roof unless you see for yourself what it will look like.
- Everything about your roof remodel should be submitted to you in writing and agreed to well before the project starts. If this doesn’t happen, insist on it! Your roofer should furnish you with details about the materials to be used, the time frame for completion, cost, warranties, and any guaranties on labor. A contractor unwilling to submit a detailed written proposal is not a very good contractor!
- Don’t think of your roof remodel in terms of cost. Think of it in terms of an investment in the overall value of your home. Ask for different quotes from different roofers, and calculate the annual cost, in terms of the installation cost and the guarantied longevity of a roof. Roof #1 may be cheaper, but if Roof #2 lasts twice as long then it may be the superior value!
- As always, make sure you pick a reputable contractor. Ask for proof of insurance. Ask to see a license. Ask for some referrals. Ask for testimonials. Ask about warranties and guaranties. Ask whatever you feel is necessary to make an informed decision—one you are truly comfortable with!
A roof remodel is a big deal; don’t enter into it lightly!