Roof Replacement: 4 Questions for Your Contractor

You may not give much thought to your roof, at least until it needs replacing. Once you realize your old roof has reached the end of its lifespan, you may have several questions about how to replace it. Reaching out to your local contractor can help you get answers and feel more confident about the process of roof replacement and what might be involved.

1. What Are the Benefits? 

Replacing your home’s roof can have a variety of benefits. The resale value may rise, your home will be less vulnerable to the elements and improve its overall appearance.

2. Will You Handle the Old Roofing Material? 

Most roofing companies will bring dumpsters or other receptacles to your home to dispose of your old roofing material. However, this can be an important question for obeying your local zoning and construction laws and for the consideration of your neighbors as well.

3. Will You Replace the Gutters? 

If your gutters are as old as your roof, they may need to be replaced as well. While a new roof can shed water with greater efficiency, gutters that leak, have cracks or that are detached from the roof may not channel it away from your home. If left unchecked, this can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Standing water 
  • Foundation damage 
  • Flooding 

Ask your roof replacement contractor if your home’s gutters need replacing along with the roof.

4. Can You Help Me Choose a Roofing Material? 

Investing in a new roof gives you the opportunity to choose a material that matches your personal style and that works to protect your home from the elements. There are several materials available including metal, slate, wood, asphalt and steel. Your contractor can advise you about the benefits of each and which might be the best choice for your home’s individual needs and architecture.

Asking questions about your new roof may give you peace of mind during its construction. Call your local contractor today for answers to these questions, as well as others you may have.