Hiring a Roofing Contractor to Repair Your Roof

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By: Lisa Evans
Published: November 16, 2010
Last Update: February 13, 2023

People who are contemplating putting a new roof on their home, or repairing their old roof, should definitely hire a roofing contractor to assist in the process.

Roofing contractors can help a person determine the type of material that will best suit their home. There are several different types of roofing materials available today, some of these are brand new and not even known by some people that they exist, but most importantly all of materials have their own positive and negative aspects. When a person decides to redo their roof they have the option of using the same material they previously had or using a different type. Roofing contractors can advise a person to use their old roofing material to replace their home, or advise them to use a new type of roofing material.

Many people choose to use roofing materials that are environmentally friendly and require low maintenance. People should always remember to think about the life-cycle cost of their roofing material; this is especially important because many expensive roofing materials often have a longer life expectancy and require minimal maintenance. Metal roofs have been known to last for over 50 years whereas asphalt material roofs only last for 20 years; this significant difference between life-spans is huge when it comes to replacing both. People should always evaluate the current and potential worth of their home to determine what type of roofing materials will be most cost efficient for them.

When a hiring someone to perform roofing repair services it is important to see if they are licensed or not. Many people spend money on repairing a repaired roof because the roofing contractor who performed the repairs was not licensed. Repairing a roof has many beneficial aspects so it is crucial to hire an experienced and licensed contractor. Problems on roofs that even appear to be small can quickly become larger; many people find that small problems become so large they have to end up replacing or repairing large sections of their roofs just to fix the initial small problem. Replacing or repairing sections of a roof can become very expensive, so hiring a licensed contractor can help people avoid spending tremendous amounts of money on repairs. Most licensed contractors can help in setting up and putting on roofs, the maintenance of roofs, repairing roofs, extending roofs, changing roofs or even designing roofs. Licensed contractors also typically have the right to handle different types of roofing materials than those contractors who are not licensed. When people hire roofing contractors to assist in their roofing repair procedures it also becomes beneficial to hire a licensed contractor because they usually have liability insurance which covers any damages endured by homeowners from flawed roofing repairs.

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Many people who hire roofing contractors to perform roofing installation discover that the contractor will install a new roof over their existing one; this is called overlaying roofing. There are legal ramifications that must be considered before performing this type of roofing installation. Every state, county and city has their own roofing building codes so it is important for a person to be aware of their codes they need to abide by. People can find these codes in their local city hall, their county’s department of safety and building, and their county’s building and compliance office. People often find that installing a roof over an existing roof can save them money, and also save the roofing contractor time. People should always keep in mind that overlaying their roof does not fix any existing problems. A new roof should be installed if there are any rotting, decaying or molding problems found on a person’s existing roof. Also, an important fact to note is that new roofs usually last for a longer period of time than overlaid roofs; this is mostly due to the fact that the new roof installation is installed with smooth over sound material, and also because the new roof has new underlayment. Old roofs do not hold new roofing nails, so this factor should always be considered when replacing or repairing a roof. Also, the installation of a new roof can add extra weight to pre-existing roofs, it is always important to determine whether an existing roof can hold the weight of the new roof. If a person chooses to install a roof over an existing roof they should consider whether an overlay is even possible. One way to check for this determination is by seeing if the existing roof has shingles that lie flat; flat shingles rid of existing leaks. They should also see if the underlay material has any strength and solidness.