A roofing project is not a job for the DIY enthusiast or the dad who thinks he can fix everything. A repair on your roof needs assistance from a professional and that means you’ll need to hire a roofing contractor for it. From minor seasonal repairs to major roof replacements, professional companies are required to get the job done in the most effective manner.
But should you hire the first company you find in your hunt for roofers just like that? Not really. There are plenty of questions you need to prod upon before your sign the contract. Here are some:
1. Will my old roof be removed?
Most homeowners have the idea that professional companies will get rid of the old worn out roof shingles before installing a new one. But this doesn’t always happen. In fact it’s very common to come across a company that will make things easier for themselves and plant a new roof on top of your old one. This is poor quality work that can have an effect on the life span and function of your newly installed roof. So it’s important to double check with them about their plans with your old roof.
2. Are drip and metal edges going to be used on my new roof?
Drip or metal edges are handy pieces of aluminum that protect your roof from leaks and water damage. This piece of metals is used to stabilize shingles that have come off and it overhangs to help direct water to the gutter nearby. Without these important pieces of metal, you could face major water damage so it’s best to inquire about it with your potential company.
3. Will the company use an appropriate number of nails for each shingle?
Usually around four nails per shingle are used and driven into the nail line. Perhaps more can be used in places where the roof is too steep. But anything less or too much than the appropriate limit can damage your shingles and therefore your roof. It’s also important to ensure that the nails are driven properly and in the given nail line. You could ask the Albany roofer about the way they intend to place nails in the shingles before you hire them.