Some of us may find a foggy, rainy night romantic, but when the rain starts to drip into your living room it's a great way to darken any mood. Of course, there are other signs that a new roof is needed for your room that you may spot before it completely caves in – you may sense your home is working harder to heat or cool the space, or perhaps you've had your home for close to fifteen years without a replacement or inspection. Roofs only last so long, so if too much time has passed you should look into getting a new one.
If you are concerned about the budget for a new roof, you will definitely want to shop for an affordable contractor. One that specializes solely in roofing and replacement may offer you a better deal on a new roof as opposed to a general contractor that offers a variety of services. There is also the advantage, too, that a roofer with this one concentration may have better skills in giving you what you need. Finding a roofer could prove a chore, but there are ways to research the best of the best so your home is protected.
1) Angie's List. This online home improvement hub offers quality consumer opinions of local services. If you have questions about a specific roofing contractor, you can search Angie's List and see what previous customers have to say about his / her work. One advantage Angie's List claims is that all reviews are thoroughly vetted, and offered by actual homeowners rather than people stumping for the respective companies. You may be able to find somebody through this resource.
2) Personal referrals. If you happen to know of a homeowner who recently had his roof replaced, get a recommendation. If possible, ask to see the handiwork to get a feel for the replacement, and learn about the roofer's work habits. How long does it take to replace a roof, and will their work interrupt your daily routine? Learn everything you can before you make a decision.
3) Social referrals. If you're savvy with social media, put out a call for roofing contact via Facebook or Twitter and see what locals have to say about specific contractors. It's possible you may have a roofer contact you directly and offer you a deal.
Once you do find a good roofer to replace your roof, be mindful of the schedule and cost and make sure he / she does a good job. A roof is something you may replace every fifteen years or so, and you want it done right the first time.