Home generally means “a roof over one’s head.” It’s not just a metaphor; your roof is important! It is vital that you take proper care of the roof. The following advice will help protect your roof and keep water out of your home.
Check both the roof’s foundation and the shingles when you notice a leak. If your home has dry rot in the outside walls, water can enter there. Check everything over to ensure it is up to snuff.
Before you sign any contract, make sure you ask certain questions of a roofer. Do they intend to secure each shingle using more than one nails? Three nails usually doesn’t cut it. In addition, you should ask them to provide you with a complete outline of their project. If not, look somewhere else.
Friends, family and co-workers should be your first resource when choosing a roofing contractor. Ask those you trust if the work they had done was good quality and whether they think the price was reasonable. As about the quality of the cleanup and if they have a warranty in case of future repairs.
If your appointment with the roofer is scheduled, but is not to occur for a few more days, you may want to make a temporary leak repair. Buy some heavy plastic and use nails to keep it attached to the area. This is not the most effective way to deal with leaks, but it will tide you over for the time being.
You should never climb on your roof and try finding damaged areas yourself. This is a time where you must call a professional. If you’re unsure of the severity, there could be loose shingles and foundational problems that could lead to injury if you don’t know what you are doing.
Once you have narrowed down your list of potential contractors, ask them what kind of warranties are available. You want at least a 3-5 year warranty. The contractor’s warranty should cover faults due to both workmanship and part failure. A proper roofer should provide you with the manufacturer’s warranties for all of the supplies he uses, too.
Always check the credentials of the roofing contractors you are considering for work on your home. Make sure your contractor has a roofing license. They also need insurance and have other certificates as mandated in your area.
Opting for a contractor with a team could often be less costly than a contractor working alone. Several workers should work faster than a single worker. As a result, because the labor time is being decreased, you should be able to save some money. Just make sure that if you’re hiring just one person you don’t get charged too much in labor costs.
Keeping your roof in good shape is a big part of being a responsible homeowner. Many repair and maintenance jobs are able to be ignored, but not roofing issues. Follow the tips presented here to take good care of your roof and avoid further maintenance problems.