Questions To Ask Your Roofer When Changing Roofing Materials

Posted on: 17 August 2016

Do you have a roof that's in less-than-ideal condition? Are you thinking about taking the opportunity to give your house a new look by changing the shingle material? Adding a new roof to your house can be a confusing experience. There is a wide variety of roofing materials available, making it difficult to choose the one look that you want your home to have for the next several decades. To help make things a little easier, here are some questions to ask your roofers:

Do you have much experience with this type of material? If clay tile shingles aren't common in your area, but you're positive that you want to use them, you'll want a roofing company that has experience installing this type of tile. Depending on where you live, other uncommon materials might include metal, vinyl, or wood. The most common shingle in most areas will probably be asphalt fiberglass shingles. If you're just changing from one color of asphalt shingle to another, your chosen roofer should have plenty of experience with this material.

Does the roof need to be modified at all before you can begin? Some roofing materials are heavier than others. You may want a different pitch to your roof. If you're switching from asphalt shingles to clay tile, the heavier tiles will require you to have your roof heavily reinforced to take the extra weight. Depending on the roofing company, you may need to hire a general contractor to make the necessary modifications to your roof. All of this will obviously add more money to your total roofing bill and may price clay tiles out of your budget. Make sure you understand the total cost of all of your options before you go making any final decisions.

What permits do you need before you can begin? If you're not changing roofing materials, just exchanging old asphalt shingles for new asphalt shingles, for example, your city might not require any permits at all to do the job. But if you live in a historic district, you may have very strict rules that govern how the exterior of your house will look. If you want to change from wood tiles to similar-looking but more durable vinyl tiles, you may need a permit to continue. Your roofing company may not be able to help you get the permits, but they should be able to tell you which permits will be needed to work on your house.


Time for a New Roof?

Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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