Having a new roof installed is an excellent way to optimize energy efficiency, improve curb appeal, and even increase the overall resale value of your home—but the process can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. Here are a few things you can do to make your roofing installation project a more enjoyable and less stressful experience overall:
Commit to One-on-One Consultations
To ensure that the roofing contractor you choose to work with will be able to meet all of your personal needs and expectations, it's important to schedule one-on-one consultations in your home with a few prospective options. By having potential contractors come to your home, you'll get an accurate quote from each of them because they will be able to personally inspect your roof and determine how much work will have to go into your project.
You will also have an opportunity to sit down with each prospect and get to know their work ethic while asking the important questions that are on your mind. An in-home consultation will also give each contractor a chance to determine whether or not they have the tools and resources needed to properly complete your new roof installation, depending on your home's setup.
Obtain Copies of Insurance and Warranties
During your consultations, have each prospective roofing contractor provide you with copies of their insurance policies so you can see with your own eyes exactly what will be covered if something goes wrong during your installation project. You should also obtain copies of any warranty options that will be available to you for the materials and labor that are associated with your roof installation project.
You can then spend some time after your consultation meetings comparing all of the insurance and warranty information you get side-by-side and determine which options are likely to offer you the most bang for your buck. Make sure you request that each prospect bring their paperwork with them to the consultations beforehand, to ensure that you have immediate access to it. Understanding how you're insured and what kind of protection you'll have access to after the installation will minimize the chance of unwanted surprises popping up as time goes on.
Narrow Down Timelines
An important thing to consider when choosing a roofing contractor to work with is project timelines. Find out how long each prospect expects it will take to get all of the equipment in place before they can start the project, how long the project itself should take, and how long cleanup will last afterward. Will your contractor spend two or three days setting up before getting started on your project? Will you have to navigate around leftover debris and materials for a few days until the contractor can clean things up?
Will you be expected to do any of the setup or cleanup yourself? You may find that one contractor can complete the installation in just two days, but will take twice as long to get things set up and cleaned up. Another contractor may take four days to install your roof, but they may not require more than a day to set up and clean up.
Schedule a Maintenance Appointment
You can also reduce the overall stress you experience throughout your roof installation project by scheduling at least one maintenance appointment with your contractor before they leave your home for the last time after completing your installation project. By setting up a maintenance appointment right away, you can enjoy your new roof without having to think about its condition as time goes on or worry about keeping track of a maintenance calendar.
These tips and tricks are sure to help make the process of having a new roof installed easier and less stressful throughout the entire process.