It’s not uncommon for home repairs or updates to fall outside the skill-set of the average weekend warrior. Extensive roof damage or age often requires more than a simple patch or repair. If you think your home is in need of a roof replacement, SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding in Arkansas wants to help you make that determination.
A bad storm can knock down tree limbs and power lines, and if they land on your roof, they can cause serious damage. Even if a storm didn’t cause an obvious gaping hole, tiny cracks and shingle damage caused by wind, heavy rain, and hail can allow water to trickle in, which will further damage your home. The same is true for regular wear and tear in older roofs. It is important to make the right call about whether to replace or repair the roof of your home. To help you with this decision, use our comprehensive checklist below for roof replacement in Arkansas.
1. Estimate the Physical Damage
An accurate assessment of the condition of your roof is vital when obtaining estimates. Any estimates that you’re given should come only after a professional has personally climbed on your roof to inspect the damage. Getting on top of houses is dangerous, and if you don’t know exactly what to look for, big problems can be easily missed.
□ Schedule a professional inspection.
Prior to your scheduled inspection, walk through the rooms of your house and make note of visible holes or cracks in the ceiling. Pay close attention to any water stains or noticeable leaks. For small leaks, place a container directly below to catch any water that may drip onto the floor. If there is significant staining, leaking, or if there is a large portion of the ceiling missing, remove the furniture and do not continue to use the room. This is a safety precaution in the event that the section of the roof is not structurally sound.
□ Do a walk-through of the rooms of your house and inspect the ceilings.
2. Do Some Preliminary Research
The cost of a roof replacement in Arkansas varies significantly from project to project. Roofs come in all shapes and sizes. Low-sloped roofs typically cost less to replace than high-pitched roofs, which are more difficult and dangerous to work on, and depending on the size of your home and the pitch of the roof, there may be more area to cover. It should be noted that most roofing companies provide estimates in terms of “squares” rather than square feet. A square is simply a square section of roofing that measures 10 feet by 10 feet.
□ If you don’t know already, find out the square footage of your home, and determine if the slope of your roof has an average, low, or high slope.
Roofing materials, like all building supplies, will play a big role in determining the overall cost of a roof replacement. Shingles, wood, metal and slate are among the options. Remember, however, that color, texture, weight, durability, and homeowner associations may limit your choices.
□ Make a tentative decision on what materials you would like used if your roof needs replacement.
3. Ask To See a Business License
Before requesting any estimates, make sure that your roofing company has a valid business license. Roofing projects can be a very expensive. Unfortunately, they are also necessary for the safety of your household. You will want to be sure that the company you choose will give you the care, satisfaction and service that you and your family deserve. Trustworthy business owners will give you a detailed estimate and will happily provide their credentials.
□ Make sure that all of the estimates you are given come from a reputable company.
If the roof on your home is aged or has recently sustained damage, repair or replacement may be needed to prevent further damage. The professionals at SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding can install a new shingle or metal roof to protect one of your biggest investments. To request a free quote for a roof replacement in Arkansas, please fill out SC Roofing’s website contact form or call (501) 588-0842.