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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Roof Replacement Basics


Roof replacement is a significant undertaking. Not only does it require a hefty financial investment, but it could take weeks to complete. As you contemplate the age of your roof and determine the best course of action for repair or replacement, know that your work begins long before shingles and tiles come off. You’ll be making important decisions regarding a contractor, roofing materials, and best work time. Factoring in the weather and the current state of your roof and deck will be another consideration as you tackle this important job.

Not to worry–we can take you through some of the basic steps you’ll need to take to ensure that your roofing project goes off without a hitch. Take these steps to prepare and plan for your project, knowing that you’re doing an excellent job of protecting your most valuable investment–your home.

Choose a reputable contractor

With a sizable financial investment on the line, you’ll benefit from getting many estimates from different contractors to find just the right person for your project. Services can vary quite considerably with a job like roof replacement; don’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions as you note differences in contract hours, estimated completion date, and price. Ask your preferred contractor if they carry insurance on both their crew and liability insurance for your property. A reputable contractor will not hesitate to show valid proof of insurance, certification, and training of their staff. Anyone who fails to deliver these important documents does not necessarily deserve to have the opportunity to complete your work.

Do some research on roofing materials

While shingles are the most commonly used roofing material, other innovations and materials have surfaced in recent years that may be more cost-effective and energy efficient. Shingles typically last 7-12 years with regular maintenance; you may get a better bang for your buck by choosing materials such as ceramic tile, clay tiles, metal, or even recycled rubber roofing. They may cost a bit more upfront but last longer and offer environmental benefits that shingles do not. Ask your contractor for recommendations on materials and their benefits, as they may be able to provide still more suggestions that fit your style and budget.

Set a tentative date

A roof installation “date” tends to be fluid; the work depends on quite a few factors. After it fits into your contractor’s schedule, you must make allowances for delays due to materials availability and even inclement weather. Rain and high winds are not ideal conditions for roof repair or replacement, as they create dangerous conditions for the crew and keep you from getting the best seal with your new materials. Be prepared to wait anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before your roofing project is completely finished.

Prepare your home and property for construction

In the days and weeks prior to your roof replacement project, do what you can to clear your home and property, keeping your valuables safe while securing the work zone for contractors to come and go easily. Take these steps to make sure your home is ready for installation:

  • Make sure kids and pets are safe inside

  • Protect and secure patio furniture

  • Trim shrubbery and low-lying tree branches that may hamper the work process

  • Cover items stored in the attic

  • Look for power sources that roofers can use without running lines from inside your home

  • Move bicycles and vehicles out of the way

Every action you take prior to installation will reduce liability for you, your home, and those working on and around your property.

Know who to talk to

While you may have questions during a roof installation, you should take care not to interrupt professionals when they are in the middle of a construction project. Establish an order of communication by asking your contractor who you can talk to while the project is being completed. Knowing who you can go to with questions will ensure that work continues to happen smoothly and that you get answers quickly and efficiently.

Len’s Roofing: A Trusted Professional Roofing Contractor

Florida’s best roofing company is ready to serve you with all your repair and replacement needs! With over thirty years of experience, our licensed and insured professionals will ensure that all roof work is performed to your satisfaction. Whether you’re looking at a minor repair or a major replacement project, we have you covered. Visit or call us at 941-896-7897 to make an appointment today.


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