Be sure to ask your roofing contractor for a detailed list of all the materials that will be used. This should include the type as well as the brand of all materials.
While most people tend to feel comfortable with traditional asphalt shingles, due to their lower cost, it turns out you get what you pay for.
Not all asphalt shingles are the same. Some are more durable than others and some brands may even have a different life expectancy. J.A.M Building and Renovations can help you make the best and appropriate choice by clearly explaining the differences from one to another. When having your roof replaced, it’s vital that you choose the very best shingles and other materials, from a manufacturer that provides a comprehensive warranty. When a roofing contractor tells you that your roofing shingles are rated for 20, 25 or 30 years, be sure to ask “what does that really mean?” Don’t be afraid to ask to see this in writing.
When you are getting an estimate for a new roof, it’s important to understand that the materials will include not only shingles but also roofing felt, straps and plates, flashing tools, ventilation materials, as well as other items. You also may want to consider other options for your roof beyond the typical and standard asphalt shingle.
While most people tend to go with asphalt, this is most commonly selected due to cost. So if your budget allows, you may want to look into having your roof replaced using wood, copper, slate, aluminum, or tile. But, be prepared, these other materials can dramatically increase the costs of having your roof replaced. It’s just something you may want to consider.
The materials that a contractor will select and recommend for your roof replacement will often also vary depending upon where you live. As you can imagine, if your home is in Texas or in South Florida, vs Maine or Wisconsin, the temperature and types of weather you experience in your region, will also come into play.
Once you have selected your roofer, ask the roofing contractor why they use the materials they are recommending. They are likely to have a good and valid set of reasons. But, you should always require that any and all claims, being made by the roofing contractor, can be substantiated in writing as part of your roofing contract.