Redo your roof the right way

(MONEY Magazine) — It’s hard to imagine a less enjoyable way to blow $5,000 to $15,000 (or more) than putting on a new roof.

You’ll see your yard saturated with shingle bits and nails (probably leading to a flat tire or two) and have to deal with roofers, some of whom deserve the trade’s bad reputation.

Still, it’s a key job that can jack up your home’s curb appeal, and the process doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

Leaks can be repaired. Missing shingles can be replaced.

Look up at your roof through binoculars. Only if you see widespread breaking, curling, cracking, or mossy shingles — or areas where the granules have worn away — do you need to spring for a new one, says Jim Kirby of the National Roofing Contractors Association.

Get bids from three roofers, to compare not just prices but also their attitude and approach.

Then hire someone who is willing to: (1) get a building permit, (2) remove only as much roofing each day as he can reinstall by the end of that day, (3) lay protective plywood over decks and patios, and tarps over walls, the lawn, shrubs, and unfinished areas, and (4) clean the job site every night.

He should also install vents at the roof’s peak and under the eaves — and agree to specify all that in the contract.

Ask whether he’ll be using a subcontractor, in which case you need references, proof of liability, and workers’ comp insurance from both the main man and the sub.

If you have two or more layers of old roofing, building codes require you to strip them off — adding $1,000 to $3,000 and creating a huge mess.

In a cold climate he can install a rubber membrane called ice and water shield, which prevents leaks when the gutters freeze up.

No need to spend $50,000 or more for slate or wood shingles, but do get the best asphalt on the market.

You’ll pay $1,500 to $2,000 extra for “50 year” vs. “25 year” shingles. (The warranties are toothless, but the longer the term, the longer they’ll last.)

And ask for architectural shingles. They cost a few hundred more than standard ones, but their varied coloring and thickness add sophistication and beauty to any building.

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As a Broker with RE/MAX Alliance, I work energetically for my clients whether they are a buyer or seller. I help you achieve your goal of owning a home or getting the best price for your home in the shortest time possible. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in communications and finance, I was licensed in 1977 and since then I have sold over 3600 properties amounting to over $1 billion in sales. I currently rank in the top 10 in home sales for Colorado. I offer the same quality of service and superior communication to all clients, ranging from starter homes to multi-million dollar estates, commercial and income properties, relocations and foreclosures My goal is to provide you with the best representation possible whether you are buying or selling. Over the years, one of the things that I've discovered is that there is a difference in the way individual Realtors do business. For me, I have always felt that honesty and personal integrity are the foundations upon which a successful business and career are built and sustained. I have an extensive background and knowledge base in real estate, including financing, which has enabled me to provide outstanding, quality advice and service not found with many agents today. My commitment to communication creates a positive relationship between my client and myself that results in a successful property sale or purchase. My passion for real estate, commitment to my clients and personal integrity has helped me to achieve success placing me in the top 1% of all brokers in nationwide. In my career, I have earned a number of awards and received considerable recognition for my success but the most significant recognition comes from the fact that over 75% of my business comes from past clients. My success is a true measure of my client satisfaction.
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