Weather in California can be extreme—either too hot or too rainy. Either way, a good roof over your head is important for keeping you and your family safe. The quality of your roof, however, deteriorates in time. If you own an asphalt roof, for instance, it will only last for 10 to 15 years. After a decade or so, it’s time for re-roofing. But, before you pay for re-roofing, there are four things you should do before asking a roofing contractor to work on your Menlo Park home.

Clarify the Meaning of “Best Value”

Because new roofing is expensive, some homeowners prefer to scrimp without thinking about value for their money. Instead of seeking the cheapest estimate, seek the one offering the “best value”—i.e., a combination of high-quality products and excellent customer service from your roofing contractor. Great service includes proper and timely installation, as well as fulfilling back-jobs as needed. Before hastily choosing the lowest-cost roofing contractor, be aware that the best value for your money equates to the roof’s endurance and your customer satisfaction with the roofer.

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Consider Going Top-Shelf

Apart from selecting the best contractor for your roofing needs, look for the best materials. Top-shelf products will ensure the durability and lifespan of your new roof. Instead of purchasing 10-year-warranty shingles, go for a 50-year guarantee instead. They may cost an additional $300 or more, but at the same time, pricier shingles provide an architectural look that increases the value of your property. It’s a win in the long run. Since you’re investing in a good roof, consider copper flashing over aluminum counterparts. Copper is a durable and less corrosive metal compared to other cheaper flashings. Copper flashings last long and prevent leakage. Again, a win in the long term when you take into account the salability of your home.

Learn What Proper Paperwork Includes

Besides buying what is best for your home, you should know what a good roofing contract contains to avert unexpected liabilities. Three documents must be included in a roofing agreement: 1) the building permit; 2) a written work contract, including details, products, and costs; and 3) a letter from the contractor’s insurance carrier which is addressed to you, the homeowner, affirming that the project is covered for employee compensation and liability.

Prior to calling a contractor for the re-roofing of your Menlo Park home, remember the major tenets to obtaining the best value: find the best contractor you can afford, consider top-shelf products, and make sure you know the basic contents of a proper roofing contract. Only then will you lay to rest the worries of a big, looming, roof expense and the devaluation of your home. 

5 Things to Know Before You Replace Your Roof,
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