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5 Things You Need to Consider Before You Replace Your Roof

May 29th, 2020 | 5 min. read

5 Things You Need to Consider Before You Replace Your Roof

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Do you think you need a new roof? Well, before you rush into the replacement process, there are some things you need to consider so you don’t get taken advantage of. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been replacing roofs in the Nashville area since 1990. We always give you an honest roof assessment and, if you need it, a high-quality roof replacement. When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again. 

So, what should you be thinking about before you replace your roof? Always eager to educate you on everything roofing, I’ve come up with the 5 things you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line. 

Continue reading to learn why you should think about the age of your current roof and get multiple quotes before you begin the roof replacement process

1. How old is your current roof?

One of the first things you need to think about when considering a roof replacement is how old your current roof is. For example, a dimensional asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of 30 years. 

If the roof was properly installed and the attic was adequately ventilated, then it’s going to get as close as possible to that 30-year mark. So, if your roof isn’t close to the end of its life, you shouldn’t need a roof replacement. 

But be aware, there are cases when your roof fails prematurely. To learn more about the life of your asphalt roof and what affects it read this article on how long your asphalt roof should last

2. Do you even need a roof replacement?

So, a contractor comes out to inspect your roof and says you need a new one. But do you really need a roof replacement? 

Remember, as long it’s properly installed and properly ventilated, then your roof is going to get as close as possible to the manufacturer’s specified life span. So, if your dimensional asphalt shingle roof is only 10 years old, then you shouldn’t need a replacement for at least another 17 years.

Even if you have a roof leak, your contractor can do repairs to get you through until it’s time to replace it. A roof replacement never comes at a convenient time. But there are signs that it’s time for one. 

To learn when the right time to replace your roof is, read this article on the 3 signs that you need to replace your asphalt roof

3. Did you get multiple quotes from different roofing contractors?

When you get a quote for your roof replacement, it’s important to get a second opinion. I recommend getting a maximum of three when searching around for the right contractor. 

When you get multiple roof quotes, you can compare the numbers and pick the one that’s right for you. Be aware these prices could be all over the place because no two contractors are going to quote your roof the same. 

Getting multiple quotes is also a chance to see if your roof actually needs a replacement. If one contractor tries to sell you a roof but the other two only recommend repairs, then it’s a good chance you don’t need a full replacement. 

Anytime you get a roof quote, it’s crucial to go over it with your contractor and to know what’s on it. To learn more about what’s in a roof quote, read this article on what should be included in your roof replacement estimate

4. Invest in a quality roof replacement

A roof replacement is an investment. And just like every other investment, your replacement isn’t going to be cheap

I understand everyone is on a budget, and a low price may drive your decisions. However, to get the most life out of your roof replacement, it’s crucial to invest in quality instead of going with the cheapest option. 

If you decide to go with the cheapest roof, you’re getting the cheapest roofing materials with the cheapest labor to install them. If you do this, I can guarantee you’re going to have problems that’ll eventually lead to another roof replacement well before you expected.

To learn more about how investing in quality is important to you and your roof’s life, read this article on 3 ways going “cheap” cost more in the long run.

5. Find a local roofing contractor you trust   

The contractor you hire plays a massive role in the life span of your roof. That makes hiring the right one crucial to your roof replacement investment. 

For example, if you hire one that doesn’t have a history of proper roof installation or they don’t check for adequate attic ventilation, then your roof will fail prematurely and any manufacturer warranties you have on your roofing materials will be voided. 

Even if you get multiple quotes, go with the one that you trust will give you a roof that gives you years of peace of mind. Research, references from friends, and looking at reviews help you hire a great contractor. 

But we also developed a great tool to be able to spot a great roofing contractor from all the options in your area. Our 16 question checklist contains all the questions (and the right answers you should get back) that every homeowner needs to ask potential roofing contractors. 

Find a contractor you can trust by downloading your free checklist of questions to ask a roofing contractor.

How much does a roof replacement cost?

Now you know what you need to be thinking about before you sign on the dotted line for your roof replacement. Knowing the age of your current roof, if you even need a replacement, and why you should invest in quality will help you get a new roof that gives you years of peace of mind. 

However, there's still a crucial piece of information that you need to think about, your budget. Your budget is a huge consideration when it comes to your roof replacement. 

The problem is the roofing industry doesn't like to talk about pricing so it's hard to know how much to budget for. We're not like other roofing companies, though. 

That's why we're going to give you an idea on price you'll pay for your roof replacement. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has been providing the residents of Nashville with high-quality replacements since 1990. We know what it takes to maximize your new roof and we're proud to offer a lifetime warranty on our workmanship. If you're local to Nashville, don't hesitate to contact us for your roof replacement needs today. 

To learn how much you'll have to budget, check out this article on How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost? (& What Impacts the Price).

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