5 Things You Need to Know Before Changing Your Roof

One of the most important components of a home is the roof. Although today’s roofs are made from durable materials to ensure protection from the (unpredictable) Memphis weather, replacing a roof is a task that many homeowners must undertake at some point. This can be a costly investment, so it’s crucial to understand every aspect of the process. Keep reading to find out five things you should know before replacing your roof!

#1 Do Your Homework

Replacing your roof is a huge task and can feel slightly overwhelming. It can be tempting to hand the reins over and let a company make all of the decisions for you. However, some roofers don’t value customer loyalty because they may only see that person once a decade. This makes it important to do research to ensure you find the right company to take on your project!  

At Pinnacle Roofing and Restoration, we’re committed to installing quality products to manufacturer specifications. We offer a variety of roofing options to keep a roof over your Memphis area home or business!

#2 Peeling vs. Layering

The next step in replacing your roof is deciding whether to peel off the old shingles or simply layer the new ones over them. Since building codes only allow for two layers of shingles, this an important decision! While choosing to layer your shingles can save some money, it does not allow the contractor to inspect the underlying framework. This can lead to more expenses in the future if there is a problem that goes undetected. 

Peeling is also recommended if your current shingles are curling or if the roof is uneven. Additionally, if you can see wooden shingles on the ceiling of your upper room, you’ll be required to remove everything, which can add to your expenses. 

 #3 You Get What You Pay For

When it comes to replacing your roof, the old saying “you get what you pay for” is more applicable than ever! While it may be tempting to cut costs where you can, it’s important to understand the long-term investment you’re making in your home. Selecting the right materials can ensure that your roof lasts its full lifespan! This can also save you thousands down the road. Investing in high-quality, durable materials can prevent you from having to replace your roof again before the proper time.

Additionally, it is important to build a relationship with your roofing company. Having regular inspections done on your roof can ensure that you nip any small problems in the bud, before they become something major! 

#4: Read The Fine Print

While the task of replacing a roof is quite a large task, it can often take just a few days if you’re using an experienced roofing team. This can make it feel like a huge investment with a great deal of liability. Before getting started with your home improvement project, you should secure a contract that clearly outlines everything you and your roofing team have agreed to. 

It is also important to secure a few other documents. A building permit is required to ensure that your roofer is following state and city guidelines when installing your new roof. Without this permit, your warranty could be voided, causing added expenses for yearly maintenance or minor repairs. You should also inquire about documentation for proof that the project is covered under your roofing company’s liability insurance. 

#5 No Magnet, No Money

With any major home renovation project, there’s a likelihood of some materials being scattered around along the way. In the case of roofing, this can mean nails everywhere! This unfortunate side effect can lead to flat tires and unexpected injuries down the road. Because of this, we encourage you to say “no magnet, no money!” Before your Pinnacle Roofing team leaves and you make your last payment, be sure to ask them to use their magnets to collect any stray nails that could be around your property. 

Trust Pinnacle to keep a roof over your head

A damaged or leaky roof can affect the comfortability of your home, as well as your safety. The team at Pinnacle Roofing and Restoration is committed to providing excellent service that weathers the seasons. 

Your home is your safe space. Let our team at Pinnacle Roofing and Restoration keep a reliable roof over your head! Call or visit our website today to schedule your free roof evaluation!