What kind of shape is your roof in? Would you even know what to look for to check for “roof health?” We’re glad you stopped by here because we’re going to give you some great information that will help you make sure your roof doesn’t fall into disrepair.
First of all, if you find that your roof has a leak, call a professional roof repair company right away! If you mess around with a serious situation like a leaking roof, you could be asking for more trouble! A leak is always just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There are many things which a leak can affect, and in the end, it could lead to serious damage “under the roof.” Don’t take chances – have that leak checked out immediately.
Here’s something else to look for – if you see that your roof’s shingles are curling or buckling, it’s probably time for a roof replacement. While it might seem reasonable that you can just repair a few shingles, just know that when a few are starting to curl and buckle, the rest of them will soon follow suit. Just go ahead and start planning for a new roof, because your time has probably come. If you let this go for any length of time, you’re in danger of a leaking roof, and then you’ll have the expense of a roof replacement AND repairing damage on the inside of your house.
HIRING A RELIABLE ROOFING CONTRACTOR
Before you hire a roofing contractor, make sure certain steps have been taken to ensure you get the best job for the best price. Your roof maintenance should not be taken lightly, therefore, you want to choose wisely. Don’t ever hire a roofer who is not able or willing to supply you with a pretty sizeable list of satisfied consumers.
You want to ask the right questions, such as:
- Do you have a valid business license in your city, county or state?
- Are you insured? (Ask for proof of insurance)
- Are you bonded? (Ask for proof)
- Do you have a list of recent references?
- Are you a truly local company?
- How long have you been in business?
A roof is expensive but don’t just shop price. If you find a roofer whose bid comes in extremely low, that’s not a reason to hire him. Sometimes you get what you pay for. You want experience, reputation, and a company who is solidly established in your community, in case you need to reach out for warranty repairs.
When deciding on roofing materials, there are several considerations. First of all, what kind of roofing do you have now? Do you want something similar in look and color? The most popular kind of roofing is done with asphalt shingles, and in particular, architectural shingles. It used to be that the 3-tab shingles were a lot less in cost and was the ideal choice when someone was on a tight budget. That is not true anymore – the cost of 3-tabs and architectural shingles is much closer together, and you always want to choose the very best you can afford.
There are other choices, such as metal, tile, composite material, cedar, and even slate. Slate is expensive, but it will last longer than your lifetime.
SAFETY FOR THE DIY HOMEOWNER
You might decide that you have the experience to tackle some roof repairs yourself. Think safety above all, if you are considering doing it yourself. People have experienced a serious injury, particularly from falls, when trying to act as their own roof repair guy.
Think about the “pitch” or the steepness of your roof. How about the height? Do you have the proper shoes to walk around securely on a roof? Is your ladder stable? NEVER attempt a roof repair without a buddy there with you. Even professional roofers work in pairs or teams, and for a very good reason.
When you hire a roof expert or professional, ask him about the equipment he will use. Here’s an example where it could make a difference: If you are being charged by the hour for labor, are the roofers nailing down the shingles with a hammer or are they using an air-driven nail gun or compressor? The difference in time can be huge. I think you get the idea
Before purchasing a new home, call for a professional to inspect your roof. A regular “run of the mill” home inspections company might overlook the roof because it’s a little difficult to navigate the climb, and they are not roofing experts. It’s worth the extra investment for your peace of mind
A damaged roof can be quite a problem for a homeowner. Fortunately, now that you have read this article, you have some good ideas about what to look for and how to respond.
Call Division Kangaroof today if you have questions or concerns about your roof!