Roof installation is a complex job. That’s why it’s important to choose your roofers carefully and make sure they have the necessary experience and knowledge in the field. To help you find the best roofing contractor for your home, here are the top four questions you should not forget to ask.
1. “Will You Remove the Old Roof?”
An experienced roofer usually recommends the removal of the old roof before installing a new one. Be wary of contractors who plan on simply laying the new shingles on top of the old ones. This installation method often leads to various issues and leaves existing problems unaddressed.
2. “How Many Nails Will You Use Per Shingle?”
Your roofer should use at least four nails per shingle for a standard job. But if you have a steep-sloped roof or your home is located in a wind-prone area, it’s best to use six nails for each shingle to firmly hold it in place.
3. “Will You Use Steel in the Roof Valleys or Weave the Shingles?”
Roofers that opt to weave your shingles without installing metal underneath are likely to do the job poorly. Woven valleys are cheaper and easier to install, but they’re more vulnerable to premature deterioration because this causes the shingle granules to wear out faster. On the other hand, metal valleys are more durable and longer lasting; they also look better.
4. “How Will You Cut the Shingles?”
When it comes to cutting shingles, a roofer should know how to do it accurately. They need to cut on a straight edge using a straight or hook blade. Striking a chalk line is also a must before installing shingles. This will keep them horizontally and vertically aligned, especially over large areas or long distances. It will also help eliminate aesthetic issues. Make sure to iron out these details when requesting a roof estimate.
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