Close-up of an asphalt shingle roof

The Homeowners Guide to Roofing

When you own a home, you want to make sure that it is in top condition, especially during the months where weather may severe or uncomfortable. You also want to make sure that you find the right contractor for a repair or rebuild job, which is going to provide you with quality work that will be completed on time and will stand the test of time. With these types of giant projects it can be hard just to know where to start. Here are some steps that can help you find the right roofing contractor & finish the roofing project.

  1. Finding a Roofing Contractor- Finding a roofing contractor is easy, you just go online and search for a roofing contractor. Finding the right roofing contractor is a little bit tougher. You want to make sure that you search using roofing association sites like the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), because the roofing contractors these sites provide will be qualified and reputable. The best way to find a roofing contractor is to get a referral from a trusted source that is close to you.
  2. The Interview- Some people just find a roofing contractor online, give him the job and let him into their home without even asking a question, this is not a good practice. The interview should be more like a casual conversation where you get information on the company and the contractor to build trust. By the end of the conversation you should know what needs to be done, what the company is going to do and when the job is going to be completed. It should end with getting a list of references.
  3. Roofing Material- When choosing a roofing material, it is good to get the opinion of the roofing contractor because they usually tend to be the experts; however the decision comes down to you. The most important thing to account for is the strength of the reinforcing mat below the shingle and the quality of the asphalt. Asphalt roofs make up about 75% of the roofs in the marketplace, which is great because those roofs are offered in a variety of styles and colors.
  4. Roofing Systems & Warranties- Using one companies roofing products and system can result in a more cohesive and higher quality roof and usually allows for a greater warranty.

Following these steps will allow you to choose the right contractor for your roofing project, the right materials for your roof and leave you with the best roof you could ask for. Residential Exteriors provides reputable roofing contractors and quality roofing products for any job. Please contact us if you have any questions about roofing or would like more information about our roofing process.