Homeowner Tips: 5 Things to Do Before a New Roof Installation

As a homeowner, you know full well that nothing lasts forever—that even the sturdiest, most durable components of your home may eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Such is certainly the case with your roof; in fact, there are several reasons why homeowners go through the roof replacement process:

  • Because their roof is old and in disrepair; depending on the material and the quality of installation, a roof could last anywhere from 10 to 50 years; metal roofs last longer still, but are fairly uncommon on homes.
  • Because the roof was installed badly the first time, leading to leaks and other problems.
  • Because of damage from hail and other elements—something we’ve seen a lot of in recent years, here in the Carolinas.
  • Because the homeowner simply wants something newer, with improved aesthetics, insulation, and/or energy efficiency!

Of course, actually having a new roof installed is a pretty big deal—though ultimately worthwhile: The value it adds to your home is tremendous! Still, for those homeowners thinking about a new roof, we do recommend taking the following precautions:

  • First, check with your HOA’s architectural review board, just to make sure you know of any policies that might affect your roofing installation. If you need to conform your new roof to any community aesthetic, you obviously want to know before the roofing project begins!
  • Also check to ensure that work will be done during hours that comply with community noise guidelines.
  • Ask your roofing professional for the appropriate paperwork—including licensure, proof of insurance, and customer reviews/references. Any roofer who is not willing to furnish you with these documents is one you shouldn’t trust.
  • Review all the options available to you in terms of roofing materials—understanding that they differ from one another not just in terms of aesthetics, but also longevity, durability, insulation, and overall value.
  • Make sure your lawn is protected! Most roofing companies will be more than willing to lay out some tarps to protect your plants and beds, but it never hurts to get a verbal confirmation of this.

A new roof installation is an exciting thing, and a significant investment in your home! Make sure you approach it with the appropriate level of forethought.

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Bryan Kuester

Bryan Kuester

Bryan is the CEO of Kuester Management Group. He has over 15 years of managing community associations throughout North and South Carolina.

His specialties include Community Association Management - maintenance, budgeting for operational and reserve funding, long-range planning, covenant enforcement, amenity management, onsite management, large scale management.