Home is often referred to as “the roof over your head.” The roof is an important part of your home, literally and figuratively. Since you’re a homeowner, you need to properly care for your roof. The following advice will help protect your roof and keep water out of your home.
Check out your roof yearly. Roofs are commonly most damaged during winter months as well as spring time. Because of this, you must pay special attention during these months.
Wet conditions are the enemy of safe and effective roof work. If your roof is slippery, you’ll likely fall and sustain an injury. If you’re doing roof work yourself, make sure to do it during dry and sunny days.
If you’re working on a leak, do it right the first time. This often means searching for other leaks after the initial spot has been fixed. One leak can turn out to be multiple issues.
Make sure that you’re secured in the right way anytime you’re doing work on your roof. If you aren’t secure, you are in danger of losing your balance and falling, which injures and kills thousands each year.
References are critical when choosing a roofer or any other contractor. When you speak with the referring individual, inquire about the quality of work and overall satisfaction. You should check some of the addresses if you have the time. Drive by and take a look before making your final hiring decision.
Make a list of questions to ask before hiring a roofer. One inquiry should be about how many nails the roofer will place into every shingle. Most of the time, more than three nails is going to be required for a good job. Ask question about their procedures and make sure their answer satisfies you. If not, look somewhere else.
You should always first ask family and friends regarding contractors when getting started. Ask people you know if they were pleased with the work done, the quality of the materials and whether the cost was fair. Also ask how well the contractor cleaned up after the job was done and whether there is a warranty for future repairs.
Whenever you narrow down your list of contractors, ask each one their provided warranties. You need a warranty of at least three years, preferably five. The warranty should cover defective materials, as well as workmanship, and they should provide you with copies of any relevant manufacturer warranties.
It is very important that roofers have insurance. If the roofer you use causes damage and they are uninsured, you are responsible for the bill. 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.
When your roof is in good shape, you’re being a good homeowner. Lots of home maintenance jobs can be delayed, but roof issues are not among them. Be sure and use the advice mentioned above to ensure that your roof in tip-top shape.