July 26, 2021
Everyone wants to keep their roof in great shape and that means recognizing when you need Fayetteville residential roofing repair services. Even the best-installed roof will be damaged from time to time, or simply need maintenance to prevent any leaks from forming.
Here’s a quick guide to how to proceed if you think you need roofing work done.
1. Survey your roof
It’s a good idea to periodically take a look at your roof and inspect for damage. You may be able to do this from your lawn with a pair of binoculars, or it might be necessary to climb up on the roof yourself. Be careful! If you do see damage, the best thing to do is document it with pictures or video. That way you’ll have a quick reference showing what needs to be done.
2. Keep in touch with your local building department
Building codes in a town or city can change from year to year. If you think you’ll be doing major repairs, or that you might even need a roof replacement, contact your local building authority to get the latest set of guidelines. For example, some cities allow roofs to be re-shingled without removing the old shingles, and some don’t. Be sure of the local laws before you make any investments.
3. Get multiple estimates from local residential roofing companies
It’s rarely a good idea to go with the very first roofing contractor that you call. You’ll have better luck contacting a few different contractors and getting separate surveys and estimates from all of them. This will:
- Reveal if any of the contractors are padding the bill, or recommending services you don’t need
- Help you spot any “lowball” estimates which are too low, compared to other estimates.
- Give you bargaining power in negotiations by playing the contractors against each other.
Getting several estimates requires some time investment, and isn’t a fun way to spend a week, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
4. Ask about annual costs
Finally, when you’re working with a contractor, be sure to ask about the annual costs associated with the roofing style or materials you’re considering. You always want to consider the long-term costs your roof will incur.