Going from complete ignorance about what all is needed for a successful roofing job to learning something is basically what you need to do. Any time you are engaged in a good size project, getting everything prepared for the big day is simply the smart approach. Your list of what needs to happen should have priorities on it for the things that are a little more important than others. Make every effort to contact the right official offices in your state for any guidance you may need.
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. Since some roof issues often involve leaks, you may very well have damaged wood and structural support.
You have to ask yourself just exactly when you want to know about it. It’s safe to say you won’t be a happy person if damage is not found out before – so you’ll need to stop everything and then you’re looking at expanded scope and additional cost. A new roof will set you back more than you want, to begin with, and then the little thing about roof repairs just makes it all worse.
All US states have regulations in place that are designed to help you and protect you with choosing a contractor. Naturally you want someone who knows what he’s doing and has a positive reputation in your community and in the local industry. What this then boils down to is learning what to look for plus all the things that can make a huge difference, but you will have to know how to verify some things they’ll tell you. This is the stuff none of us are born knowing, obviously, and the only way for you to discover it is by online research and asking questions.
Anytime you notice your roof is in the beginning stages of a concave depression along the top seam, then you will need to change support beams plus the shingles. The best thing to do is not let this go because it will only get worse and cause more issues. You can even go into your attic and take a look at the wooden beams, and you’ll be able to see those that are bending. If you try and take short cuts with corrective action, then your contractor will definitely advise against it.
The lessons you’ll learn with buying a roof and having it installed are invaluable, so learn well and have fun. There’s really a lot that can go wrong, and some of it may involve legal problems. Ask around and maybe you know someone who is informed about this which is ideal.