It’s really not a good idea to approach a roof replacement off the cuff with no checklist, no planning, and no knowledge. Being disorganized is the fast path to losing money and maybe even getting sued if someone gets hurt on the job. One thing that needs to be at the top of your list is how to choose the best roofing contractor. Look in the phone book, or go online, and find the applicable state office for keeping tabs on all contractors in your state.
If you must get a new roof for your home, then you do what is needed, and the best place to start planning for it is by researching the current costs of a new roof. It’s not advisable to go deeply into debt over this, it’s just a roof but you want to have one that is good quality. All potential contractors for doing the job need to be interviewed and have them bid on the job. Never allow the contractor to buy the shingles because they will add to the basic cost of the shingles.
If your roof is leaking, then it will be apparent in the attic or even on the ceiling in bedrooms.
As has been mentioned before, you want to find any problem areas that need attention, and this can run the range from minor to major repairs upstairs. Most of the time if you see water stains on wood in the attic, then see if they are dried out or still moist. This may be a cost that is well worth it depending on your situation, so do not ignore this important step since it can identify issues that can be kept in mind as the roof is being replaced.
If you are not sure if your attic is properly insulated, then do this before you get the roof. It’s quite possible you’ve been living there a long time and have never taken notice of this. It’s always good to have work done when you have people there, and in this instance the contractors can install any type of insulating material in your roof. One of the most energy efficient types of insulation is the kind that comes in sheets and is reinforced with fiberglass material. So you can do this now or later, and that is fine if you are on a budget, but it’s very much advisable for the sake of reducing your monthly energy bills.
Prior to having a new roof installed for your home, stop and just create a checklist of things to find out and do. There’s really a lot that can go wrong, and some of it may involve legal problems. And the best way to do that is with correct information and patience.