- How Do You Handle Surprise Repairs?
Often homeowners wait to replace a roof after they notice a problem like it’s leaking into their living room. But the actual problem likely started long before. When replacing roofs it is not unusual to find decking that is rotten or other moisture damage, even if you don’t think you have any leaks.
This can come as a surprise and possibly an unexpected expense. So the best thing is to ask your roofing contractor how it handles unexpected repairs. Then if it happens you will know things will be handled up front.
- Will You Tear Off The Old Roof?
Installing new shingles over an old roof used to be a common practice. It is a way to save money, but often it is a bad idea and could end up costing you more in the long run. But it depends on a number of factors.
First of all, local codes for roofing have changed over the years. This is another reason you want to work with a licensed reputable roofing contractor, because they will be up on all the codes. The concern is usually if the structure can support the additional and significant weight being added to your roof. It may depend on the pitch of your roof, or other factors relating to the structure.
Second, if your existing shingles are covering up underlying problems then putting another layer on top will likely compound the problem.. Unaddressed problems can have serious long term consequences.
So it’s best to ask your roofing contractor what their plan is for your roof. And if they suggest a second layer (or even third), ask them to justify their solution. Either way, you would want them to do a full inspection, including the attic, to look for potential underlying problems.
- Who Will Actually Be Doing The Installation?
The point you are getting at by asking this question is will the roofing contractor have their own workers doing the job or will they be outsourcing the work to a third party. Unfortunately some contractors do outsource their jobs. When this happens you don’t really know if the workers are qualified and it could possibly even void the manufacturer’s warranty. Be on the lookout for this type of situation.