Planning on Replacing a Roof? Consider This

Planning on Replacing a Roof? Consider ThisWhether you live in an older home or harsh storms have caused your roof to become dilapidated over the years, replacing your roof is one of the best things you can do for your home. While it may be an expensive (but necessary) update, the return on investment has proven to be worth it. In fact, Homeowners can expect to spend an average of $20,142 on a new roof, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report. In return, according to the same research, the investment adds approximately $14,400 to the resale value of your home, or a 72 percent return on investment, says Medium Corporation. However, before signing on with just any contractor, here is what you need to know before replacing your roof. In addition, be sure your home is secured with a comprehensive Champaign-Urbana Home Insurance policy.

Know your wind-zone rating.

Depending on the wind speed potential in your area, certain shingle types are required by your building code to be effective. According to FEMA, shingles are classified by these speed ratings:

Up to and including 90 mph – Class D shingle

Up to and including 120 mph – Class G shingle

Up to and including 150 mph – Class H shingle

Consider the materials and pricing.

While some materials may be less expensive, you want to research their durability and their overall quality. Based on the look you want to achieve, do your research to determine what brand and material will work best for your budget.

Understand the installation process.

Ensure you quiz your roofer on the proper way to install the materials. While you might not be an expert, compare their process to FEMA’s recommendations about the installation of the starter strip and only installing shingles horizontally.

Every homeowner shopping for a new roof should at a minimum look for proof of professional licensing, proof of workers’ compensation insurance specifically covering roofing contractors and references from past customers, says Barry Brack, who runs operations in Harahan, Louisiana, for Advanced Building Products. Next, ask them to provide a written estimate before getting started.

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