More than enhancing its curb appeal, the roof performs many vital roles for your house. Defending from outdoor elements, such as rain, blazing sun, gusting winds, ice and snow, it keeps your home looking its best all year round.  When damage or wear and tear occurs, a new roof or roof renovation is essential to ensure continued performance efficiency.

Initiating a roofing project can be intimidating, but with a bit of careful planning, and guidance from expert contractors, a successful roofing project will be underway. Setbacks are common in any roofing project, so it’s best to learn about them beforehand and plan where possible to avoid them. This can make your roofing project go smoothly, helping to protect your investment.

Avoid DIYs

Although you may be tempted to carry out roof replacement or even small repairs by yourself. Experienced contractors would recommend homeowners with little or no experience not perform roofing projects.  Taking these tasks on yourself not only puts your safety at risk, but also, because of a lack of experience, you are likely to make many mistakes, exhausting your budget on correcting expensive errors. So, unless you’re an experienced roofer, it’s best to avoid DIYs and hire a qualified contractor.

Prepare for the Unexpected

As stated earlier, setbacks are common in roofing projects. Sometimes during roof replacement, your contractor may run into issues like rotting woodwork or a broken-down gutter system. Always be prepared for the possibility of such issues by keeping a portion of funds aside to pay for any unexpected costs.

Track Your Expenses

Before starting any improvement project, it’s important that you decide on a budget and how much you are willing to spend on the task. Once that is determined, make sure that you have a detailed list of everything included in your project. This will help you track how much you’re spending in every area and allow you to strategize where you can adjust the budget in areas you’re seeing overspending.  In the case of roof replacement, a detailed budget could help indicate what decisions you may need to make when selecting among different shingle choices.

Comply to Local Building and HOA Codes

Oftentimes, local building codes and HOAs have strict guidelines surrounding building structure, construction times, safety, noise restrictions, and more. Failing to comply with these guidelines when starting a project poses a variety of potential issues for you. Properly navigating the process and guidelines is essential in avoiding major setbacks in the project.

Take time to connect with your local council or HOA and learn about the regulations so your home improvement can be performed successfully, and with less stress.

Hire a Professional Contractor

Professional roofing contractors not only deliver favorable results, but they can also help save you money in the long run. Additionally, they have extensive experience dealing with local building codes and HOAs. They can adequately communicate with proper authorities about the nature of your project and why the proposed improvement or repair is necessary.

In addition to being reliable, make sure the contractor you choose is licensed, insured, and bonded. Working with an experienced contractor can help you avoid costly setbacks. On the contrary, if you choose to work with someone who isn’t certified, you are likely to incur expensive damages that will cost you more later on.


If you’re looking to hire a roofing contractor that is qualified and pleasant to work with, contact Horizon Roofing & Construction. We aim to provide our customers with hands-on experience, quality work, and on-time delivery. We are eager to communicate with you and come to understand your needs in order to help facilitate a smooth project from start to finish. To learn more about our services and areas of expertise or to schedule a free roof evaluation, contact us today.

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