Replacing a roof is no minor undertaking. It can be costly and time-consuming, and there are various factors you should consider first. When you decide to have your roof replaced, you want to make sure it’s done right before choosing a Jacksonville roofing service. Here are some important things to know before you replace your roof.

Compare roofing contractors.

When looking for a Jacksonville roofing service, be sure to do your homework first. Look at the company’s qualifications, the products they use, and make certain that they are fully licensed and insured. Ask for a list of references from each contractor, ask neighbors who they’ve had a good experience with and check online communities such as HomeAdvisor. Compare several quotes and be wary of bids that are much lower than the rest. Low bids could mean they are using unskilled workers or using low-quality materials.

Choose top quality materials.

Since a roof is something you only should need to replace every few decades, make sure the Jacksonville roofing contractor you hire uses only high-quality shingles and materials. Consider choosing shingles made by GAF. They are superior quality, extremely durable and feature a lifetime warranty. GAF’s advanced quality shingles are the most preferred shingle of the roofing industry and come in a wide range of attractive options.

Replace or resurface?

A roof is permitted to have up to two layers of shingles. While it might be tempting to save money by layering over existing shingles, it could be a decision that will cost you more in the long run. Existing roof damage and other problems can’t be seen and addressed once they’re covered up. Additionally, wind is much more likely to damage a resurfaced roof because shingles adhere better when placed directly on the roof’s surface as opposed to old shingles. Removing and replacing all old shingles is an investment that is well worth the added upfront cost.

Be sure to have the necessary paperwork.

There are several pieces of paperwork that you want to pay attention to:

  1. A building permit. You must have a permit to complete a roofing job in most counties. This ensures that your Jacksonville roofing service is following code. It also is likely required in order to keep your roof’s warranty.
  2. A written contract from your contractor. This should cover every aspect of the job, including product specifications, time frame, area to be completed and costs.
  3. An insurance letter. This letter should be addressed to you from your roofing contractor’s insurance company that confirms your job is fully covered.

If you’re looking into replacing your home’s roof, Reliant Roofing is a GAF Master Elite certified contractor serving the greater Jacksonville area. We use only the highest quality materials and have a highly skilled team on every job. Visit our services page or call us today for a free estimate at (904) 657-0880.