Read This Before Replacing your Roof

Read This Before Replacing your Roof

Read This Before Replacing your RoofReplacing your roof before the harsh elements of winter set in is likely high on your list. As homes get older, the checklist for maintenance increases with it. However, this costly renovation is one that is essential to the comfort of your family and the value of your home. Therefore, in addition to securing your home with a comprehensive Connecticut Home Insurance policy, consider the following before signing on with just any contractor to complete the job.

First, it’s important to note the benefits of replacing your roof. While the total cost is approximately $20,000, the return on investment is 72%. So, even though you’re spending a lot of money up front, you’re also investing in your home and increasing its value. Next, there are insurance benefits for roof replacement. Depending on where you live, the type of roof you have and the terms of your homeowners policy, you may be able to save on insurance costs if you use impact-resistant shingles that deter hail damage or if you’re simply replacing an old roof, says Barry Brack, who runs operations in Harahan, Louisiana, for Advanced Building Products.

Here are some things to keep in mind when planning to revamp your roof.

Know your wind zone rating.

Depending on your exact geographical location, your building code has regulations for the types of shingles that must be used in order to be effective. They are as follows, according to FEMA:

Up to and including 90 mph – Class D shingle

Up to and including 120 mph – Class G shingle

Up to and including 150 mph – Class H shingle

Understand budget versus quality.

There are many different looks available for roofs, but choosing the right material that’s durable and resistant is key. Research brands, ask your contractor for recommendations, and compare prices before settling on one.

Make sure it gets done the right way.

Ensure your contractor does not install shingles in a vertical fashion and understands the proper way to install starter strips. Next, ensure they carry the right insurance policies, they have a quality track record, and they provide a written estimate.

In addition to getting quotes from at least three roofing companies before making a choice, Brack also recommends asking a prospective roofer to explain the installation process, in detail. When you’re making the final decision about which roofer to hire, factor in how well each explained and answered questions about installation, says Brack.

About Byrnes Agency

At Byrnes Agency, we strive to provide the best solutions at affordable rates. Our staff is here to assist you with any questions and concerns you might have, and our offerings can be customized in order to meet your specific needs. For more information about our products and services, contact us today at one of our three locations.

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Dayville Office

Phone: (860) 774-8549
394 Lake Rd
Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Phone: (860) 886-5498
6 Consumers Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
United States
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Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

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Woodstock Office

Phone: (860) 928-7928
1226 Connecticut 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

 

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