Roofing Project Checklist

Proper planning is the key to every successful project, especially when it’s as important as a new roof or roofing repairs. This checklist of hints, guidelines, Dos and Don’ts will help ensure your roofing project goes off as smooth as possible.

  • Select which roofing material best complements your home. (For help, read our tips for shingle color and shape.)
  • Select contractor with extreme care. Request to see a license and insurance. Ask neighbors for recommendations of roofing contractors, or contact your local Lowe’s® store for a Lowe’s® roofing installer.
  • Look into financing options. Learn more about Lowe’s® consumer credit.
  • Plan work when costs will be most competitive, e.g., outside the rainy season.
  • Prepare for disruption, noise, dust and debris.
  • Confirm the scope of the work to be completed (including clean up) in writing.
  • Understand the critical roof areas and how they will be detailed, e.g., flashings, valleys and vents. (Don’t know the parts of your roof? Go to Roofing Terms and Definitions.)
  • The contractor should secure all necessary permits.
  • Review/understand manufacturer’s installation instructions. Should you choose an Owens Corning™ product, contact us at 1-800-ROOFING with any questions.
  • Make yourself accessible to contractor.

Tools needed for your roofing project:

  • Utility knife
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Gloves
  • Kneepads
  • Eye protection
  • Hardhat
  • Roofer's fall protection kit
  • Ladder or scaffolding
  • Tarp
  • Wood deck boards
  • Crowbar