If you’re in the market for a new roof, you may not have much experience shopping for one. That’s actually a good thing. You want your roof to last for as long as possible. In fact, depending on the type of materials used, the average roof can last 20+ years. That means if all goes according to plan, you shouldn’t need a new roof installation more than a few times during the course of your homeownership.
But perhaps the time has finally come, and you find yourself in need of a roof replacement. If you’re uncertain what services are included with residential roofing jobs, then you’ve come to the right place for some clarification.
Interstate Roofing has been helping residential customers such as yourself for more than 30 years. Our customers keep coming back because they know we go above and beyond in providing quality service, as well as long-lasting roof replacements and installations. Here’s everything you can expect when you hire Interstate Roofing to perform your residential roofing job.
A quality roofer should first inspect your roof to determine the best course of action. It may not be necessary, for instance, to replace your roof altogether. Instead, your roofer may be able to replace broken tiles or shingles or repair areas of the roof that are damaged or deteriorating. If you have a leaky roof, a qualified roofer may also be able to repair the problem areas and seal them to make them watertight.
If your roof does need to be replaced, then your roofer should recommend a new installation and thoroughly discuss all your options. There are many types of roofing materials to choose from for residential roofing jobs. A roofing contractor will explain each type to you and explain the details, including brand, color, price, and warranty information so that you’re able to make the best possible selection for your home.
Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace your roof, a trusted contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate. In fact, you should be wary of any roofing contractor who is reluctant to provide a written estimate prior to performing a large job. For large projects, such as new roof installation, you should have a sense of the project scope, length, and cost before the first tile is ever laid.
If you decide to hire the roofing contractor, make sure they outline the project details for you in writing as well. This should include the project start and end dates, a detailed description of the contracted work to be performed, including the type of materials to be used, cost and payment terms, as well as insurance and license details. A workmanship warranty should be outlined in the contract as well. More on that in just a bit.
In addition to a written contract, the state of Oregon requires certain notices to be provided to a homeowner before the project begins. Before you hire anyone for a roofing project, make sure they’re fully insured and licensed, and provide you with all the required information. For a list of required notices for residential roofing projects, take a look at Interstate’s documents list.
In some cases, you may be able to opt in on maintenance agreements with your roofing contractor. Making sure your roof is properly maintained and cared for is incredibly important in prolonging the life of your roof, making it look its very best and getting the maximum possible return on your investment. It’s also sometimes a requirement of the manufacturer’s and workmanship warranties.
We highly encourage you to inquire about a maintenance agreement with your roofing contractor. With an Interstate Roofing maintenance agreement, not only do you have a professional roofing contractor observing your roof on a regular basis, saving you the personal safety risk of having to inspect it yourself, you’ll also have priority access to our after-hour emergency leak response team. That means you’ll have priority in service if a leak occurs. With an Interstate Roofing maintenance agreement, you’ll be able to weather any storm knowing that if you need us, we’re only a phone call away.
Residential roofing jobs should always include a warranty for the work being performed. But keep in mind, there are different types of warranties you’ll need to have.
First, you’ll want to have a manufacturer’s warranty to cover the materials used in the project. But in addition to this, you’ll also want to inquire about a workmanship warranty. This will guarantee the work performed by your roofing contractor.
Interstate Roofing has 5-, 10-, and 15-year warranties available so you can select the one that suits you best. In addition to these three options, we also offer transferable warranties. If you decide to sell your home or pass it down to a child or grandchild, you can transfer the warranty to the new homeowner for a small fee. This ensures the workmanship warranty remains in effect for the new homeowner and can even be a great selling point should you ever decide you want to settle elsewhere.
A new roof installation can be an investment that pays dividends in return. But only if you choose the right roofing contractor to perform the job. All of these features should be a part of any large residential roofing project. So before hiring anyone, make sure the company provides these services in addition to offering a competitive workmanship warranty.
Do your research beforehand as well. Three-fourths of our work at Interstate Roofing comes from repeat customers and new referrals. That’s because we have built an excellent reputation as an industry leader and we stand by our work. Whoever you hire for your residential roofing job should be able to say the same.