Roofs protect our homes from the elements and provide critical insulation to keep us cool, comfortable, and safe. No matter how well you take care of your roof, eventually, it will need some form of repair. Getting roof work done as soon as possible will save you time and money, but getting any kind of roof work done is a big decision. Before you start calling contractors and comparing prices, let’s look at a few things you should know about roof replacements and reroofing.

Replacements and Reroofing Are Very Different

Not all roof work is the same—roof replacement and reroofing are very different. Depending on your budget, the kind of damage your roof has, and what shingles are already present, you may need one or the other. A roof replacement involves removing the existing shingles and the underlayment of the roof decking. Conversely, reroofing involves installing a new layer over your current shingles.

Reroofing reinforces your roof, gives it a new look, takes less time to install, and is much less expensive than an entire roof replacement. However, if your roof has serious water damage or already has two layers of shingles, this may not be the best option. A complete replacement is more expensive, but it will last much longer and increase the value of your home.

Read the Paperwork Carefully

Whether you decide to reroof or get a replacement done, there are three basic documents that your contractor should provide you with. First, you should check that your contractor has the proper permits so you know for sure that they’re following local building codes and have permission from the town. You should also carefully read the contract so you know the exact details of the project and the cost. Finally, your contractor should provide you with a letter from the company’s insurance carrier confirming they’ll cover the project.

The Installation Process Will Be Loud

This may go without saying, but one of the most important things you should know about roof replacement and reroofing is that it will be a loud process. For those who work from home, it’s important to keep in mind that the installation process will be noisy and last through most of the day. With trucks coming in and out of the driveway and workers walking and banging on your roof, it can be disturbing to some homeowners. Reroofing can take about 2 to 4 days, while replacement can take up to 10 days, but this can change depending on the weather, available materials, and the contractor. Ultimately, you should prepare yourself for some noise, and you may want to let your neighbors know when the construction days will be.

Hiring a Local Service Makes Things Easier

Remember, every town will likely have different building codes and requirements for construction. When you hire a local contractor, they’ll know exactly what your area needs to get the job done right while following the correct building codes. Plus, they know the area and the typical weather your roof will experience. A local contractor can suggest shingle materials, what extra protection your roof might need, and the kind of building loads your roof may experience. Ultimately, hiring a local contractor ensures your roof is built to meet your home’s specific needs.

If you need a quality, experienced, and insured roof replacement company, contact Conde Roofing & Construction today. We’re a New Hampshire-based company that knows exactly how to repair and rejuvenate your roof so your home can withstand those harsh, icy winters.