Roofing 101

 When it comes to roofing, there are many things you should keep in mind. Shingles are not the only thing that should be on your account. 

 The Basics

 If you are new to roofing, I recommend getting a roofing contractor who can link you to a roofing company with licensed or certified roofers to cover all or any of the roof repairs you may be inquiring about. If you are more of a do it your self type of person, then make sure you do your research on materials and cost. Be sure you know the height, pitch, and slope. Other everyday things to keep in mind are knowing if there is any drainage pipes running along there or other items, such as chimney ventilation. These things will factor into choosing the proper type of material to use for the roof.

 The Checklist

 Make yourself a detailed checklist of these critical factors to make sure you are not only making the right decision but covering all of the projects as a whole. You would want to get knee-deep and close to finished and realize you didn’t factor in a portion of the project or missed some material by accident. It does happen, yes. Preventing is highly recommended as we all know, time is a valuable thing.

 Sample Checklist:

 1. Can you take this project on or will you need a roofing contractor? 

 2. Do you know what type of materials your roof consists of?

 3. Do you know the Elements of design?

 4. First, install date or most recent repair.

 5. Ventilation and Fire rating. 

 6. Do you see the pitch or slope of the roof? (high and low points) 

 7. What is the square footage of your roof?

 8. Does your roof have a skylight or will you be adding one?

 9. Call a known contractor if you do not know any of the questions listed above you’re in over your head. L.O.L. Be sure to see the project well before you dive deep.

 Sample Questions to ask a Contractor

 If you do decide to hire a contractor for your project, here are some essential questions to ask.

 Question 1: Contact information, how long they have been an operating business, and whether or not it’s a locally owned business or out of town or state?

 Question 2: Is the company accredited with the Better Business Bureau?

 Question 3: Does the company do a residential installation, commercial installation, or both?

 Question 4: Does the company offer insurance and or warrantees for the provided work?

 Question 5: Is the company licensed, also do they have licensed subcontractors?

 Question 6: Do they offer references for the owner?


 These are all essential factors to keep in mind when you are building a roof or adding on to one or only just doing some simple roof repair. Tim Allen could certainly hand over a few tips. If you are familiar with anything on the Diy channel, sit back and study some research, several shows on that specific channel could offer you quite a bit of advice. Remember to have fun with any project you take on and always put safety first. A contractor will tell you the same thing. Safety first is a rule of thumb. If they have people in training be open-minded as we have all gone through an enjoyable journey of learning and it is undoubtedly suitable for the younger or new generation to learn trades outside of just electronics and other things. This builds a good drive and creating jobs satisfies the soul. Roofers provide great covers that keep you dry, and contractors are not your enemy as long as you get the right guy for the job. Do your research. Enjoy the process and always have fun. Ideas come one in a million!