Shingles aren’t just a painful disease you get when you’ve had chicken pox as a child, and gutters aren’t solely found in a bowling alley (where you hope your ball doesn’t end up!) Roofing is not a simple topic, and we want our article to be a great place to start learning. In the following text, you’ll find some important information that every wise homeowner should know.
Problems and Prevention
What’s the area on your roof that can cause the greatest potential problems? The place on a roof where the shingles overlap is called a “valley” and is the first place you should check out if you have a leaking roof or any other issue. It only takes one incorrectly laid shingle or a gap caused by a storm, or even a nail gun that was used too roughly to create a problem that can lead to leaks.
Believe it or not, your gutters have a LOT to do with protecting the integrity of your whole roofing system. If your gutters are clogged with debris or leaves, it can cause water to back up, pool in unwanted areas, and eventually lead to a leaky roof. The bottom line: Clean your gutters regularly. If you don’t want to do this yourself, your roofing pro will be able to do it for you or recommend a company who will.
After a heavy rain, it’s a good time to check your attic to see if you spot any leaks. Not all excess water (leaks) will make it all the way to your ceilings, so checking the attic will usually head any problems off at the pass, before your ceilings are being stained with water spots. If you’ll perform this attic inspection after rain and even a few times in between, you’ll be largely ahead of the game and can save yourself large repair bills. If you choose to climb up on your own roof to look around, please wait until the weather is clear and that you have a clean space to inspect. You don’t want to be walking around on a roof that is covered with leaves or other debris.
Choose a Local Professional Roofing Company
Of course, we don’t recommend that you try to handle a roof inspection or repair yourself. The professionals are much better equipped and trained for this job. And that leads us to the next point – you should never hire the first roofing company who knocks on your door or the first name you see in the Yellow Pages. (Does anyone even use them anymore?) You should shop around until you are comfortable with the expertise, experience, and personality of the roofing professional you choose.
Hire a roofing company that truly has a local presence, including a permanent business address. Especially after a storm, many roofing companies come into town and set up shop and “act” local just to make a lot of money, and then, “Poof!” – they’re gone and nowhere to be found when it comes time to handle any warranty work. Before you sign a contract, you should always have everything in writing! Be sure to read everything over, particularly the fine print. Agreements are there to protect both parties and should be viewed as a good thing. You should see information about the start date and also the estimated time to complete the job. Estimates and details about materials should also be listed. Even though the price may fluctuate a little, you should have a pretty solid idea of the total costs of the job. When are deposits due? If your choice of roofer won’t give you all this in writing, move on and find another one.
Insurance, Licenses, and Bonding
It’s standard with a reputable roofing company to carry the proper insurance. This insurance is a MUST. The insurance not only protects you, as the homeowner, against any accidental damage caused while your job is being done, but it also covers the roofing company’s workers should they be injured. Don’t hesitate to see proof of insurance; they won’t be offended, and no doubt, they’ll have it ready for you.
Most States require certain licensing for a roofing contractor. In some cases, if you decide to do work on your own roof, you’d have to get a building permit at the very least. Roofing or in some cases, a contractor’s license is required by the roofer you choose. Again, do your homework.
What is “bonding”?
A bond is like a pre-paid saving account with a bank or insurance company that can be used to protect the consumer if a company doesn’t complete a job. To be bonded a roofing company would typically pay a premium to a surety company. The requirements concerning bonding vary from state to state and sometimes the actual County or Municipality. It’s ok for you to ask about it. Most good companies would welcome the question because they have the answer!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our article – we wrote it to help you! If you have any further questions, or if you need the services of a professional roofer, please call us today