Replacing a Roof? Some Things to Consider

After derecho and hail storms over the summer, some North Liberty residents are looking to replace their roofs in the near future. A few things to keep in mind if you’re one of them.

Local, Licensed and Insured Contractors

If you’re hiring a contractor, start by looking for local, licensed and insured one to do the work. Asking friends, family, co-workers and neighbors for referrals, doing online research and checking with the Iowa City Area Home Builders Association are good places to start.

Types of Roof Materials

Code allows for a variety of roofing materials, including traditional shingles as well as metal roofing materials. If you’re using metal on a residence, avoid sheeting meant for agricultural or industrial use.

If You Need a Permit

If you’re replacing a roof on a single-family home or duplex, you don’t need a permit, as along as you aren’t replacing more than half of the plywood sheeting. Multi-family, commercial and industrial projects do require city permitting.

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