One of the most important moments for newlyweds is when they finally move into their own home. Blissful as that moment might be, though, the reality of homeownership includes maintenance and sometimes bigger issues, such as replacing the roof. Whether your roof has suffered some storm damage or has simply gotten old, a replacement can help you avoid bigger issues, such as leaks, mold and mildew formation, plummeting property value and compromised home energy efficiency, which leads to higher utility bills.
Exterior Building Solutions offers some suggestions to newlyweds and new homeowners regarding how to go about replacing or repairing their roof.
Trust Local Professionals
This is especially important if you’re in need of emergency roof repair during or after a storm. In such moments, “storm chasers” roam the streets, offering services that are heavily discounted. Don’t fall for their sweet words. You are likely to end up with a roof that will fail early, and you’ll never find those “roofers” again. Call a local roofer. They can set up a temporary cover to prevent leaks during a storm, and then they’ll come back for a more permanent solution after the storm. Professionals like us even offer our help when our clients have to file an insurance claim
Inform Your Neighbors
Replacing a roof often causes noise and debris. Tell your neighbors before you start the project, and give them your timetable so they know what to expect. When the project is done, you can even invite them over for drinks.
Ask for an Estimate
Ask prospective contractors for an estimate. Most local roofers give a free quote. This will help you select a contractor.
Prepare for Contingencies
Using the estimate as your basis, prepare your budget. Include an additional 20% of the total amount, which should be enough to cover repairs on issues the roofer didn’t see before. Have a plan on where you can stay if the roof repair and replacement deprives you of privacy or comfort. A hotel or a friend’s house will do. Make preparations for your pet as well.
Even if you have to stay somewhere else during the construction, make sure to be at home a few hours every day in case you have to sign for a delivery or discuss some things with your contractor. You’ll also find it satisfying when you witness your new roof taking shape.
If you need additional help, call us at (314) 729-7663, or drop us a message.