Next, you’ll need to choose who is going to install the roof. If you’ve chosen a specialised roof type, you may also need specialised contractors for installation. Otherwise, read reviews, ask around and be sure to find a qualified, insured, well-recommended roofer.
Call and ask several roofers to come out, look at your roof and give you quotes. The quotes should be free. Keep in mind that good roofers will be booked during dry months, so be sure to call ahead. The good news is, once it gets going, a new roof installation should only take a few days, weather permitting.
If you’re looking at selling, a new roof could be a huge point in your favour. Buyers will see that shiny new roof the second they pull into the driveway. While you may not recoup the entirety of your costs, chances are a new roof will increase your selling price and decrease the time your house stays on the market.
Basic Roof Maintenance
A good roof will last a long time, but it will last even longer with proper maintenance. Since you’ve just gone through the entire process and know how expensive it can be, this should spur you on to make the roof last as long as possible.
- Drainage: Of course keeping your roof properly drained is essential. Moisture is the demise of many roofs. Keep all gutters clean, clear and in good repair.
- Remove Branches: Tree branches that touch the roof can introduce moisture and rot; they need to be trimmed or removed immediately. Branches also invite critters to crawl onto the roof and set up home in eaves and attics.
- Keep Off Debris: Other debris also brings moisture and invites pests and damage.
- Inspect Regularly: Hiring a roofing contractor to do a seasonal inspection could save you a lot of money in the long term. Inspectors get up on the roof and feel for damaged or weak spots. This type of inspection typically costs around $200 and is a worthy yearly expense for maintaining your roof.