Need a New Roof? Our Survival Guide for the 7%
Are you one of the 7% of American households in need of a new roof?
We understand that finding the right roof for your home and situation can be challenging.
It may have been a decade or more since you’ve had to think about a roof, much less research your options. And then, you need to find a contractor you can trust.
You might call the first number in the Google search results or ask your Facebook friends for a recommendation, but take time to think about your roofing needs before you do.
Research and Find Your New Roof
Buying a new roof can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
Identifying your wants and needs before calling a contractor can provide a better re-roofing experience. Researching the benefits and drawbacks of different roofing materials gives you a perspective on your unique situation.
Roofing has changed in the past 20 years. Temporary asphalt shingles are still popular, but permanent metal roofing is a sustainable solution for many homeowners. And it’s gaining in popularity every day.
Metal roofing today is far from barn roofing. With options like energy-efficient paints, a wide variety of colors, and even different styles that look like tile, slate, shingles, and shake, metal roofing offers more options than other materials. Researching these options gives you a better foundation before making an important purchase and investment in your home.
For a comprehensive resource on all kinds of roofing, check out our Survival Guide: The Homeowner’s Guide to Roofing. This guide presents each type of roofing’s benefits and drawbacks with specific examples.
Identifying your budget, how long you plan to stay in your current home, and which type of roofing material you want is crucial before meeting with any contractor or salesperson.
After reading the Guide, you can know what kind of roof you want and need. You may even know which style and color fit your home’s architecture.
The Guide also helps you find a contractor qualified to install your new roof.
Help Finding the Right Contractor
Look for a contractor who provides consistent service and high-quality installations. Here’s how:
- Before contacting anyone, check their website and the products they offer. See what materials they install, the paint system they prefer, the colors and styles they offer, and most importantly, read reviews.
- The best sites to find reviews are Google Reviews, Yelp, the BBB, and GuildQuality. If you find a company with consistently high ratings that respond to negative reviews with offers to improve their poor experience, consider them a strong contender for your business. Reviews on third-party sites will be more reliable than those on the company’s website, but still, take the time to see what they say.
- Another great tool to use when looking at a contractor is case studies. Case studies give you insight into everything from sales to installation, along with pictures and even videos of the finished product. Case studies allow you to be in the shoes of another customer without commitment.
- Some companies may have Facebook reviews, Instagram posts of finished jobs, and educational or informative YouTube videos to look through. You can get to know the attitude of the company, as well as seeing their work.
If You Choose Metal, We Hope You’ll Choose Us
If you choose our metal roofing products, we will connect you with a local metal roofing contractor. Or, we can work with your contractor of choice for installation. Either way, you get a new roof that will last a lifetime.