Many people own a home and rarely think about their roof unless there is a problem. Roof replacement is one of the more expensive home repairs, costing the average homeowner anywhere between three and seven thousand dollars. While a simple roof repair will not cost you thousands of dollars there are plenty of other worries to be considered about the process.
Preparing For A Repair
Homeowners have a unique responsibility when it comes to maintaining their roof. Proper roof maintenance requires time and effort on the part of the homeowner. Between seasonal inspections of the roof to ensure proper functioning, the homeowner may also be required to perform simple repairs as needed. However, larger repair jobs usually require calling in a professional roof contractor.
When preparing for a roof replacement or large repair job, there are several obligations the homeowner must perform. First, the insurance company should have contacted to be informed of the impending repair. The homeowner must also shop around for the best roofer. Not all roofing companies are the same and a responsible homeowner will obtain multiple quotes from several companies before deciding who to hire. It is also important for the homeowner to prepare the area for the work. This includes informing neighbors about the work and potential noise level, as well as vacating any pets during the process.
During A Repair
Roof repair and replacement is generally a quick process. Without the home is very large, most roof contractors can complete a job within two to three days. In most cases, the roofers will be removing the old roof before applying a new roof. Homeowners should expect for debris and discarded materials to be scattered around the home temporarily. As the new roof is being installed the contractors will be using nail guns and other loud machinery. It should be expected that the workers will be a little loud for several hours. Homeowners should also be aware that there should be someone home during the repair in case of any problems or emergencies. It is never a good idea to leave workers alone at a job without supervision.
After The Repair
The homeowner should expect a clean and tidy environment after the work is completed. Roofing companies should clean p their work area and not leave any trash or old roof materials behind. It is also important to review the final documents once the work is completed. The homeowner maintains the right to inspect the work and ask questions before paying for the work. It is also the homeowner's responsibility to get copies of any warranty information, as well as inform the insurance company of the completed work.