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What Do I Need to Know Before I Get a New Roof?

Asphalt Singles on a Roof by Bak Brothers In Northbrook, Illinois

If your roof is around 20 years old, it might be time to start thinking about replacing it before it fails. However, we understand that getting a new roof can be overwhelming for most homeowners. We’re here to help make the process easier for you!

We’ve put together this guide to help you feel more prepared for your roof replacement, so the whole process is easier for you and your family. 

There’s a Variety of Different Materials Available

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your new roof is the shingle material. Here at Bak Brothers, we proudly offer asphalt shingles, cedar shakes and shingles, and metal roofing. They all have their own pros and cons, but here’s a quick overview of the basics of each one:

  • Asphalt: The most common type of roofing material, asphalt is a budget-friendly and durable option.
  • Cedar: Cedar shingles instantly give your home a unique, rustic look, while still offering protection from the elements. 
  • Metal: While a more expensive option, metal roofing is one of the most durable materials, sometimes lasting as long as 50 years. 

Decide Between Removal vs Layering

Another decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to layer your new shingles on top of your old roof or if you want to completely remove the old roof before installing the new one. In most cases, our team recommends removing your old roof to ensure that we’re taking care of the root of the problem. 

Sometimes, roof damage extends beyond the shingles, with rotting wood underneath them. If you layer the new shingles on top of the rotting wood, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll notice issues again. 

Ask About Disposal Options

Replacing a roof is a messy process. Before you choose a contractor, you need to check to make sure they’ll dispose of the old roofing material for you. Here at Bak Brothers, we aim to treat our customers’ homes just as we would our own. 

We’ll always clean up after ourselves by disposing of and hauling away old materials so it looks like we were never there. 

It Will Be Noisier Than You Think

While our team is always respectful of our customers, the unfortunate reality is that replacing a roof is loud. If you have young children or pets at home that will be disturbed by the noise, you might want to plan for them to be out of the house during the project. 

Similarly, if you work from home, you may need to rearrange your meeting schedule or warn your colleagues about the noise before your roofing project starts. 

Finding the Right Contractor Is the Most Important Decision

Finally, deciding who to hire for your project is the most important decision you’ll make. When selecting a contractor, make sure you choose a licensed and insured roofing company with excellent customer reviews

If you choose Bak Brothers for your project, you can have peace of mind that you’re choosing an experienced and professional team. We’re committed to working efficiently and treating our customers with care and respect at every turn for the best possible renovation experience. 

Roofing Information You Should Know

Are You Ready for a New Roof?

Now that you’ve read through these tips, we hope you feel more prepared to get a new roof. When you’re ready to take the next step, the Bak Brothers team is here for you! Request a free quote for your project today and get one step closer to your exterior transformation.  

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