3. Get Proper Information
You should look for a professional roofing contractor having a proper office, a telephone line and a tax identification number as well as a business license. You should also check whether the contractor has liability insurance and worker’s compensation, else you will be held liable in case there is an accident on the job site.
4. Click Photographs
The contractors know how to click digital pictures of your house and show you the various renderings of the place using a variety of materials.
5. Ensure Everything is in Black and White
The roofing contractor should give you a clear proposal which has all the details about the type of roofing, the materials to be used, the colors and other specification. You should also know if the present roofing is going to be completely changed or simply hidden using a layer of additional shingles. The proposal should also mention whether the contractor will install the new flashing & vents. Moreover, the proposal should also mention the duration it will take to complete the roofing.
6. Look for Alternatives
If you wish to have a cedar or a redwood roof, but are hesitant due to fire safety issues, then you should go through the local codes to find out more and look for fire resistant wood shingles or make use of metal or synthetic materials which resemble cedar or redwood. These materials also compliment slate & tile roofs. You can see authentic clay and concrete tiles on roofs in south western roofs. However, you should opt for these roofs only if your house is capable of handling the weight of such roofs.
7. Make Provisions for Vents
By having some ventilation in the attics your roof will be more long lasting. However, the specification for ventilation differs from one region to another. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should have at least 1 square feet of free vent area for every 150 sq feet of attic space.