Replacing a roof can be a major project that involves considerable preparation for the process to run smoothly. You’ll have to research the type of materials that will be necessary for your particular roofing project, and deal with costs that meet your budget limits. Also, you’ll have to determine who is going to do the work and complete the installation process. Obviously, there are dos and don’ts with any roofing project, whether the project is a roof replacement, repair or related work. Here are some tips as to what should occur with a roofing project.

Do Find a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Hiring a qualified contractor means finding one who has the necessary certifications, licensing and insurance to complete the work. It also means locating one who has considerable experience. You want a professional and trustworthy contractor who guarantees their work and offers the right kind of warranties. In order to find a good roofer, check with clients who have used the contractor’s services or check with friends and neighbors, the Better Business Bureau and the roofing contractor’s licensing boards that govern your region.

Do Ask Questions of your Roofing Contractor

Once you have decided on a qualified contractor, do ask questions. You’ll want to know what kind of roofing materials are best suited for your circumstances and what materials choices are available to you that will improve your roof’s stability, wearability and appearance as well as its ability to withstand temperature extremes. You also need to know how long the work will take, from start to finish. Just make sure you get a written estimate of the costs of materials as well as the time and labor involved before any work is initiated.

Roofing Materials

Don’t choose materials that will conflict with any Homeowner’s Associations rules of the neighborhood. Most HOAs only allow certain roofing materials, styles, and colors. Find out ahead of time what is or isn’t allowed before your roofer starts ordering materials.

Another don’t with roofing materials concerns is their weight. You don’t want to put heavy clay tiles on a roof that is designed for asphalt shingles. Check with your roofing contractor or research the structural rating of your home on your own. Along with that rating, check whether or not your roof can hold the weight of a new layer on top of older ones. Caution should be used with that kind of added weight.

Forego Shortcuts

While you may be tempted to try to save on time and budget costs by doing the work yourself, don’t go the shortcut route. You may end up in a bind. Without professional help, repairs could crop up down the road and you would likely cancel out any guarantees as well as lose value in your home because of an incomplete or amateurish job.

Planning, Preparation, and Precautionary Measures

Do plan for an inspection of your roof before you initiate any replacement work. Ask your contractor for an inspection or do it on your own before any work is started. You may be able to just do a few repairs without undergoing a full roof replacement.

Do prepare your home for the disarray and mess that roof replacement or repair work can cause. Remove any items on the exterior of your home that could be damaged by failing roofing materials or other debris. Also, secure anything within the interior of your home that could be easily jarred or broken through pounding, hammering and other ongoing construction work on your roof.

Don’t permit bystanders, neighbors or family members to hang around your job site. Safety precautions should be in place to make sure that there are no chances of anyone being hurt or injured from roofing nails, shingles, falling debris, roofing tools or any other obstacles.

Whether you’re considering roof replacement or more simplified repair work, consider the dos and don’ts given here and make plans and preparations ahead of time. If you are unsure of all the procedures involved with roofing projects, fill out the contact form and a roofing expert will help you figure out the right steps to take for your roofing needs.