Maintaining and repairing your roof are two of the most critical things a homeowner needs to do. Unfortunately, most people don't know what it takes to keep a roof in good condition. If you take advantage of the tips below, you'll be able to keep your roof in good shape for a long time.
If your roof is getting old or you notice damaged tiles, do not hesitate to act. Unlike most things in life the longer you wait to carry out repair work the more the damage will spread. Remember the old adage a stitch in time saves 9? Well the same can be applied to your roof.
If you replace and repair broken shingles as soon as you find them it can save you thousands down the line. If you perform regular maintenance you can save yourself a nasty shock in the future. It’s the things that are normally hidden from view that can potentially cause the most damage, especially to your wallet, and sometimes tragically to your health.
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Before carrying out any roof repairs, safety should be your first thought. The weather is key as to whether or not you should be up on a roof. If you notice a leak inside your home you can do relatively safe things inside your home, like capturing the water in buckets or containers. You can have a closer look at the roof later when the weather improves.
It’s a good idea to put on rubber boots if you plan to go up on your roof. You should even take this protection on dry days as your roof can be slippy with moss and algae, such shoes are necessary for grip. It can be physically challenging to perform roof repairs.
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If you're going to have someone work on your roof, they need up-to-date liability insurance. All legitimate companies need valid licenses and be bonded and insured. If you don’t see these certificated when you request them immediately move on and look for another contractor.
These details are state required and essential, say for example if any accidental damage occurs to your home whilst your contractors are on the job, their insurance should pay for the problem.
Always do your due diligence by checking out the reputation and credentials of all the roofing contractors on your shortlist before signing a contract. If you are aware of a friend or family member that has recently had roof repairs carried out, find out if they were happy with the job and what the overall experience was like.
Would you employ a contractor someone you know had a bad experience with? You want to take every precaution to make sure you don't get shoddy workmanship.
Whenever you refine your potential shortlist down to a manageable range, ask each company in turn about warranties. You need one that lasts between 3 and 5 years. The lengthier the better. You need it to protect against workmanship and defective supplies, and you should also receive photocopies of the relevant manufacturer and supplies warranties for all the major parts used in the repair.
The age of your roof is a good indication as to whether it should be replaced. Roofs usually have a shelf life of up to twenty years before they need to be replaced. If it works out your roof was placed directly on top of a previous roof, if the 20-year limit is up, it will most likely need replacing very soon.
Don't hire any company unless they can supply valid insurance and licensing credentials. If they're not able to do this, then they should not be hired no matter what. If they end up doing a bad job, you'll be responsible for paying for the fix.
Pay attention to the finer details when hiring your roofer. Do they call you back promptly? Do they show up on time? If they provide you a quote on printer paper with a letterhead, it confirms they have a professional manner.
Inquire as to your contractor's participation in industry groups. If they are not up to speed on what is going on in their industry, you may want to try someone else. If they are not certified by professional bodies such as GAF (leading roof manufacturer) and NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), inquire as to why not, and rethink the possibility of hiring them.
Shop around before committing to let any contractor loose on your roof. If you don't want to get ripped off, then compare quotes from various contractors before making a decision.
Coated metal roofs are great if you care about the environment. The materials used on these roofs can lower energy bills and they are also made from materials that are completely recyclable. Consider placing a metal roof on top of tiles to save having to send it to the landfill.
Determine if your potential roofer can perform annual maintenance on your roof. Sometimes problems occur later, even if the contractor was not a fault with the initial installation or repair job.
Wear and tear will inevitably set in, and it can be accelerated in parts of the country that experience extreme heat or cold fronts or storms. Yearly maintenance will help ensure your roof's overall health.