What To Expect When Replacing a Roof in NYC

By Don Parsoon

There are many different reasons for replacement of a roof, leakage, rotted ceiling joists, many things. First of the top you need to know how bad the damage is. Obviously, the first place to start would be to step back and look at your roof from the outside. Look for any sags, depressions, and missing shingles. If you don't see anything that stands out, its time for an inside inspection. If you smell any mold or mildew, see cracks to the outside, you should get some help.

One of the first things you need to do is some research. If anyone in your neighborhood has just gotten a new roof, ask them which roofing company they used and if they were pleased with the service. Another place to look is online, check for roofers in your area, and get some estimates.

First thing to expect is that not all contractors are alike, and you will want to get many estimates. Write down as much information as you can when interviewing each one, and make sure you ask questions about roofing materials, how long the job will expect to take and any hidden fees.

What kind of roof you have, sloped, and flat, what region of the country you live in and what kinds of materials are used greatly effect costs. If you live in and area with weather extremes, severe cold, tornadoes, etc. effect costs.

You want a roof well built with good materials so that it will last a long time, and you will not need to repair or replace it as often. It may cost a bit more to do this; however, you will save much more money in the end.

Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most common and relatively inexpensive materials, and are usually guaranteed to last 20-30 years, Wood shingles can last up to 25 years, but require a lot of routine maintenance.

It will take some time if you want to do things right. Even if you have a leak and you need someone to come and patch it up, find a person that is qualified and will do it right on the first attempt. When looking for a roofer, make sure that they have a license and are bonded and insured as well.

If you want to do things right it is going to take some time. Even if you need someone to come in and fix a leak, you should get a person who is going to do it right the first time. When looking for a contractor some things to note. Make sure that they have a contractors license, are bonded and insured. Check with the business directory and other places to make sure they haven't had any complaints. A really good indication of a good roofer is how long they have been in business. The longer they have been in business the more experienced they will be. Check all referrals, and if the roofer is unwilling to give these out, move on to the next one. - 29857

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