Replacing your roof is a big investment in your property. A new roof is a long-term investment – it’s not like you can change your mind about your choice of roof like you can your wallpaper, light fittings or carpets!
Getting a new roof installed on your home is a big deal – when it’s done right, you can expect your new roof to last at least 20 years (possibly even 50+ years, depending on the material used!)
Having a roof that’s installed correctly and looks good can also add to the value of your home substantially.
Basically, getting your roof replaced is a big investment and you should know exactly what you need to ask your roofing contractor.
D.Hennessy Roofing are the experts in roof replacements in Dublin and we’re here to give you the 5 things you need to know before replacing your roof.
1. Does your roof actually need replacing?
If your roof is looking a bit worse for wear, get a roof inspection done (we do ours for free!) – a roof inspection will tell you if your roof has any major issues. The roofing inspector will also be able to tell you if there are any smaller issues that need addressing now to prevent bigger problems in the future. During the roof inspection, your inspector should take a good look at any loose tiles/shingles, soffit and fascia fittings and your chimney’s flashing.
Another thing to consider is your roof’s age – if your roof is already close to the average lifespan for its type (metal/slate typically lasts 50+ years, asphalt/shingles typically last 20 years) it might be best to get it inspected, regardless of problems presenting or not.
2. What material is best for your home?
When you’re considering what new roof to get for your property, there will probably be a lot more options on the market than the last time you looked! There are so many roofing materials to choose from: fibreglass, shingles, metal, tile, rubber, copper, asphalt, slate and many more.
With so much choice, it can be difficult to actually choose! Make sure you do plenty of research into the pros and cons of your preferred roofing material – look into pricing, durability, suitability for your property type and the area you live in. Don’t forget to consider the Irish climate while you’re investigating your roofing choices. Your chosen roofing company can also provide you with expert recommendations on what’s best for your needs.
3. Do you need other property maintenance work done?
Although getting a roof replaced can be a big investment, it also gives you a great chance to consider other property maintenance work you might need done. Your roofing contractor can check your home has proper ventilation by checking the access to your soffits, ridge vents and louvres. To make sure you get the most out of a new roof, check your attic insulation is up to scratch – it’ll help keep the heat in and prevent moisture build up.
4. You’ll want to get the time right
Considering everything else you have to plan for during a roof replacement, it’s easy to overlook the actual work that’s going to take place. Getting a roof replaced is going to be noisy and disruptive and this is something that can’t be avoided!
The best thing you can do is figure out which 2-3 days will be the least disruptive to your plans. If someone’s ill, coping with exam stress or suffers from migraines – try to schedule the work to be done when they’re out of the house. Roof replacement starts early and finishes in the early evening. If your roof is leaking or needs immediate replacement due to extensive damage, it might be best just to invest in some earplugs!
5. Research your local roofing companies
Your best choice for a roof replacement is an experienced roofing contractor who has been serving your local community for years.
Remember to always ask for legal documentation for your project – make sure the roofer shows you proof of insurance and that they are fully licensed and insured. When you’re looking for a trusted Dublin roofer, you want to make sure they’re also a member of the National Guild of Master Craftsmen – this will ensure your roof is completed to the highest standards.
Extra tip! Get a written estimate and warranty
Any professional roofer will provide you with a complete written estimate and most roofing contractors will offer a long-term guarantee on their work. Be sure to write down any verbal agreements for reference in the future.
Don’t forget: when looking into getting a roof replaced, you want to go for a long-lasting, reliable choice – don’t choose based on price alone. By spending a few extra euros today, you’ll save yourself thousands in the future.
D.Hennessy Roofing are the Dublin roofers you can rely on. We’re based in the heart of Dublin and you’ll always get a friendly smile and a fair assessment of the work that needs to be done.
Call the expert roof replacement team in Dublin today on (01) 830 4004.