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Keeping A Roof Over Your Head

Come rain or shine, you count on the roof above your head to provide comfort and safety. Most of the time, though, it’s out of sight and out of mind - until something goes wrong. But a roof that’s not properly maintained - and replaced when it’s time - can add costs to your home budget through water damage and higher heating bills. On the other hand, you don’t want to be paying out for unnecessary work either. So, how do you know when a roof needs replacing and where can you find a trustworthy contractor?

Here are our Ten Top Tips:

  1. Most shingled roofs last an average of around 25 years, lightweights considerably less. They should be inspected regularly after that.
  2. Signs of wear include heavy granule deposits in your gutters, color-faded but shiny patches on surfaces, and curled, brittle shingles.
  3. A single leak doesn’t necessarily indicate a major problem, especially if it occurs where there’s flashing or a fixture like an antenna.
  4. You may be able to do an effective inspection from the top of a ladder but for a roof-top examination, call in a professional. Many will do a free check.
  5. If you do decide to go on the roof yourself, only do so if it’s not steep and does not sag; don’t go when it’s wet and always wear non-slip shoes.
  6. Never commission work from someone who knocks at your door and either says you have roof damage or offers to do an inspection.
  7. Instead, use a bona fide registered contractor who is licensed and bonded. Check out their credentials with your state and county licensing organizations.
  8. Always get two or three inspections and bids, both to confirm what really needs to be done and to get the best price.
  9. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Or contact us, we have some great local contractors we work with.
  10. To learn more, contact the National Roofing Contractors Association - www.nrca.net.

 

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