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Must-Read Roof Replacement Tips for Homeowners

Before you replace your roof, read these tips.

Our roof replacement tips review choosing a material for your Madison area home—for example, asphalt is a cost-effective option for many homeowners.

Tired of living under a leaky, sagging, or disintegrating roof? Before you start a roofing project or begin peeling back shingles yourself, consider the following roof replacement tips:

To DIY or not to DIY?
Generally, it’s safer and smarter to call on the roofing professionals when replacing a roof. You can trust that they’re up to date on safety procedures, building codes, and environmentally-conscious waste disposal.

How to choose the right contractor
Your roofer should be licensed, experienced, carry insurance, and have several good references under their tool belts. Don’t be afraid to ask for current references who you can contact directly, and most will provide you with a roofing estimate and signed contract before they do any work. Do your research up front, and you’ll be sure to find a dependable contractor who can help you with all of your roofing needs.

Selecting materials
When choosing a material for your roof replacement project, consider the structure of your home, the pitch of the roof, and your budget. Shingles are the most common material used in the Madison area because it is durable and affordable. Other materials like rubber roofing and metal roofing offer additional strength and more investment. For example, asphalt is a great cost-effective option for almost any home. Alternatively, metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt but are more durable.

Prepping for installation
Our next roof replacement tip involves some prep work on your end. Before your roofers arrive, do the following:

  • Cover all belongings that may be exposed to dust or falling materials
  • Take down paintings and wall- or ceiling-mounted light fixtures
  • Move your lawn/patio furniture, grill, and anything else close to the outer perimeter of your home
  • Clear your driveway and garage to make way for a dumpster and trucks
  • Cover your pool, flower beds, and garden to shield from loose debris
  • Keep children and pets clear of the worksite

Warranty Dos and Don’ts
As this might be your most expensive home improvement project, your new roof had better come with a solid warranty. Ensure that your roof is protected against both manufacturing defects and workmanship errors, just in case. If you can get a lifetime warranty on both, you know your roof—and your contractor—are keepers.

If our roof replacement tips have helped you feel ready to replace your roof, call 608.849.5155 or contact one of our roofing experts online