In terms of home maintenance, there are few things more important than the roof. After all, you are protected from the elements because of your roof and it keeps your family safe. Put the advice that follows to use in order to protect your family.
Some leaks are caused by shingles, but you should check your roof’s foundation. If you notice dry root on the sides, then water has a chance to enter. Look for ever potential entry area, rotten wood included, to be sure you get the problem permanently fixed.
Cut your grass just before a contractor arrives to take off your roof. This can help them easily find any nails they drop, making things easier on both of you. Even nail-finding equipment will work better when the grass is cut short, which makes the cleanup process easier and faster.
Be sure to ask many questions of your roofer before hiring him. One question you should ask is, how many nails per shingle they use. Three nails usually doesn’t cut it. Test them to get the right answers. If not, then find a better contractor option.
After you trim the lost of possible companies, make inquiries about warranties. You want to be offered 3-5 years of coverage. Defective supplies and shoddy workmanship should be covered along with the warranties from the manufacturer.
Insurance is crucial in this line of work. If you hire a contractor without insurance and something goes wrong, you have to pay for it. You shouldn’t simply ask the contractor if he has insurance and take his word on it. Instead, request proof of insurance so that you can see for yourself whether they have current insurance.
If you’re going to hire someone to work on your roof for you they need to have credentials that are up to date. Generally, any roofer you hire will need to have a current and valid license. They also need insurance and have other certificates as mandated in your area.
The age of your roof plays a key role in the decision to purchase a new one. Most roofs only have twenty years or so before they must be replaced. If your current roof was placed over an old one, you’re going to have to have it replaced once it’s twenty years old.
If you would like a new, environmentally friendly roof over your head: you are not alone and it is possible! A living roof has layers of soil in which a plant or flowers can be grown. Although it only works well in good climates and on a roof that’s flat, it’s a great form of insulation as well.
Can your contractor provide proof of insurance and a license? If they aren’t able to, don’t think about hiring them. Poor workmanship can actually lead to more extensive damage in the long run.
As outlined in the introduction, you have to know the roof is in proper condition. Take what you have learned here, and use it to make sure your roof lasts a long time and is fixed properly when needed. A little effort will go a long way.