Purchasing a new roof is a huge decision for the majority of Chicago homeowners, despite the fact that the roof is one of the most significant aspects of a home, both visually and practically. When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s natural to be apprehensive due to the expense and interruption required.
But a new roof adds enormous value to your property, particularly if you’re planning a move in the near future, not to mention crucial protection for your family and increased energy efficiency for your home. Determine the best type of roofing material for your home as the initial step. Additionally, you must examine the local environment, your aesthetic choices, and your performance requirements in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.
After selecting a roofing material, obtain quotations from at least three competent roof installers. Then, before signing a contract, ask them the following questions, as proposed by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA):
- How long have you and your company been in business?
- Are you and your crew licensed, bonded and insured?
- What is your experience working with my preferred roofing materials?
- Can you provide three project examples and references from recent jobs you’ve completed?
- What steps will you take to protect my property, home and landscaping during the process?
- What is the brand/manufacturer of the materials you’ll be using? How long have they been in business, and how long have you been working with them? What is their track record?
- What kind of product and installation warranties are offered, are they transferable, and how long is the product guaranteed to last?
- What verifiable safety, performance and environmental standards, testing and regulations does the manufacturer adhere to?
- What type of performance ratings does the product have for conditions such as severe weather and fire protection?
- What customer service support do you and the manufacturer offer should an issue, problem or question arise?
- Does the manufacturer have favorable reviews from other customers and credible, third-party business-rating organizations?
- Are you members of key industry trade organization
The MRA also warns against contractors who demand cash or full payment upfront, have no physical address or identification, steer you to a specific lender or attempt to act as an intermediary by asking to file insurance claims on your behalf, or request your personal financial information prior to beginning the process. Verify the contractor’s web and physical address, read online reviews and contact references, obtain pricing estimates, timetables, and other agreements in writing (ahead of time), and ensure the contractor has the proper licenses.
Performing your research beforehand helps lessen the stress associated with having a new roof and assure the success of your most important investment – your home.