Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs Value report says that the current recovery percentage for roofing replacement – at 71.9% – makes a strong case for any homeowner interested in commissioning such a project to start on one now. Aside from the promise of monetary rewards, a new roof also brings other benefits, such as better protection from the elements, as well as more efficient use of energy. It can also enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Of course, harnessing the advantages of a new roof will depend largely on the kind of roof that you get – and that means choosing the right materials. Now, in an industry that offers various budget-friendly options, it is practical for homeowners to choose roofing materials that won’t break the bank. The problem, though, is that cutting costs by choosing cheaper – at times, inferior – products can sometimes lead to even more costs. Quality roofing materials – while they may fetch higher price tags – are still the smarter choice, over time, because they:
- Are manufactured according to the highest standards. The roofing industry prescribes specifications in the production of roofing materials, and quality manufacturers know to adhere to these provisions. As current model codes are also being revamped to accommodate energy efficiency, installing roofing materials from a trusted name will ultimately help you reap cost savings, among other things. Most solid brands also go the extra mile in bringing high standard products to homeowners through extensive research and development.
- Are installed according to the highest standards. A good production process is only half the parcel; installation is also critical to the functionality of the roofing material. Established brands provide their partner contractors and installers with installation guidelines that are designed to maximize the potential of the product. In addition, these brands offer more comprehensive warranties and support after the installation.
It is one thing to choose quality roofing, however, and another thing entirely to choose a quality roofing professional. Good products, after all, require that they be installed by qualified and certified workers. In our experience, the most successful projects are those that involve both the contractor and the homeowner – from start to finish. We recommend looking for these factors when hiring a professional.
- While new contractors are not automatically inferior contractors, experience factors into many things that somebody new to the industry still has to learn. A diverse portfolio, for instance, is a testament to the scope of the contractor’s skills, as well as his or her ability to work with each type of project.
- Solid reputation. Your contractors should not just be skilled, they should also be of good standing – both in the industry and among their clients. Hire someone who provides excellent customer service (particularly during the course of the project), prices competitively, and offers consultations before finalizing a contract.
Finally, choose a local contractor. There are roofing codes that are enforced on a national level, but some states and counties supplement them with their own prescriptions. A roofing professional who operates from the same postal code as you is a safer bet, as he or she will be familiar with the technicalities and legal nuances of roofing projects in your region. More importantly, such a contractor will help you customize your roof according to your climate zone, energy goals, and aesthetic considerations.
Brian Spicer is the President of Spicer Bros. Construction, a home improvement contractor that offers exterior remodeling to residents across the DelMarVa peninsula. When he’s not in the field, he shares home improvement tips and other industry knowledge through the company blog.