Roofs are more than the first layer of defense against sun, rain, snow and any other weather event. A roof can be a statement, a detail of your house and it should not be overlooked.
Roofs are something that you think about three times a decade.
- After a hail storm
- When you build a house
- After you get a leak in your existing roof
After a hail storm, you need to be very careful in these situations as you’ll get salespeople using “tactics” to get you a free roof… what happens is you get a knock on the door and they ask “have you had your roof inspected since that May hail storm”. Seemingly, no you haven’t. They get on the roof, take pictures and come down to tell you that they believe you have an insurance claim and they will take care of all of it for you, “how does that sound, sign here, press hard – three copies”.
What you don’t realize is that they are covering all of your bases, but they are not doing anything for less than grabbing massive profit, an unfair profit, at your insurances cost. My roof bill in this scenario was $18k by one estimate and I ended up paying $12k for the job when my roofer honestly walked my roof and didn’t want to gouge my insurer. My opinion is that you shouldn’t pay those the most possible, but you should pay those who you’d like to do the work. Do not let a traveling sales person or high pressure pitch go away from your relationship with your roofer.
When you’re building a house, you have endless opportunities within the architectural process to identify qualities or performance gains and your roof can say ALOT about the place you call home. Ask questions of your architect, your builder, or your owners representative (Realtor).
The third time is when your existing roof starts to leak. Unfortunately, this position is terrible because if you see water inside, you’ve missed several signs leading up to this fate. Rust in your metal valleys, asphalt shingle nail pops, tears or blown off shingles can all contribute to future leaks. Call a roofer and get a quote with sample colors so that you can make a decision that will make you happy for years to come!