It’s really not a good idea to approach a roof replacement off the cuff with no checklist, no planning, and no knowledge. What you will find is the list keeps growing, but that’s normal so don’t let it intimidate you. And everything on it will be very important although some will be more important than others. Look in the phone book, or go online, and find the applicable state office for keeping tabs on all contractors in your state.
Of course if there’s something wrong with your roof, and you don’t know about it, then that could make for an unpleasant surprise. If you find something wrong, then obviously this will need attention at some point before your new roof is done.
Any time something like this interrupts work, then you’ll end up paying more and also interfering with their schedules. What the best contractors will do is take a look at your roof, and they may very well discover any problems which is ideal. Once you’re locked into paying for the roof, then any added repairs will be painful.
First of all, take a look from underneath the roof which means going into the attic.
Anything that is of a minor nature needs attention because they eventually grow to larger things. Most of the time if you see water stains on wood in the attic, then see if they are dried out or still moist. This may be a cost that is well worth it depending on your situation, so do not ignore this important step since it can identify issues that can be kept in mind as the roof is being replaced.
Or, an alternative is bypassing the contractors and taking the time to educate your self and then proceed to do the job. As you can guess, most people will not do this, but there are those who do and it’s not impossible. Shingles, tar paper, nails, and the right information plus some hired help and that’s about it. There are some legal aspects you must know about, and this is just to protect you should someone get hurt on the job.
Above all things, you’ll want to find a contractor who can do a professional job with your roof. This is a no-brainer, but you need to know how to find the best contractors. Mistakes with your choices all along the way can be very painful, so you want to avoid this if you can.