Blog What You Should Know About Your Roof May 1, 2019May 2, 2019Chelsea WelshRoofing For many homeowners, the roof is a bit of a mystery. If you’re wondering about getting a new roof and what you should do to keep it in good condition, keep reading for some tips. Choosing the Right Material By far the most common roofing material in the U.S. is asphalt. Today’s shingles come in a variety of colors and styles, and many include benefits like impact and wind resistance. However, in areas with high winds, metal roofing might be a better option. If your home is in the south and a Mediterranean style, consider tile roofing. Each roofing material has its own benefits that you and your roofing contractor can discuss. How to Find the Right Roofing Contractor When you search online, you’ll likely find hundreds of roofers serving your area. Read reviews and ask your neighbors who they would recommend and get a few competitive quotes. Make sure that the roofing contractor you’re considering is licensed and insured, and installs the roofing material you’re interested in. If you need gutters or rain gutter guards, ask the roofing contractor if they are also a gutter and gutter guard installer and have them include those in your quote as well. If the roofer doesn’t give you a detailed written estimate, you should probably choose another roofing company. Warranties There are two types of warranties you’ll want to ask about regarding your new roof. First is the manufacturer’s warranty that covers the materials; these vary based on the manufacturer and the kind of material you choose. Second, you’ll want to find out about the workmanship warranty offered by the roofers you’re considering. Workmanship or installation warranties cover the work itself. You want any warranty to be offered in writing. Payment Larger roofing companies may not require a down payment. Smaller business may require a small deposit so when they order the materials for your job, they’re not stuck if you change your mind. Anything below about 25% is an acceptable down payment. If a roofing contractor asks for full payment upfront, consider another company. Tips to Help Your Roof Last Once you have your new roof, you want it to last its expected lifetime. There are a few things you should be doing to extend its life. First, make sure you have your roofer perform annual maintenance inspections. They’ll be able to catch little issues before they become big problems. Second, be proactive, walk around your home and do a visual inspection after every major storm or at least once a quarter. If you see anything out of place, contact your roofing company. Don’t allow tree branches to rub against your roof or debris to sit on your roof or clog your gutters. Both can lead to fast roof deterioration. If you haven’t considered rain gutter guards, contact your gutter guard installer so you don’t have to worry about cleaning gutters. Gutter Helmet has a national team of gutter guard installers ready to help you with rain gutter guards. If you want the best for your new roof, call (800) 824-3772 today and we’ll connect you with your local installer, or you can chat with an online agent now. About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.