Keeping a roof over your head is an important task in life. After all, it is the most important component of your home next to your foundation and can be one of the most costly over the lifetime of your home. However, proper care and maintenance can leave you and your family at ease knowing the roof over your head is solid and will protect you from the elements. This starts with knowledge. So, what do you need to know before you bet the house on a new roof?
Know what to look for
Knowing what to look for when it comes to caring for your roof can help you better determine a course of action. Is the roof leaking? Can you see light from the attic? Is there an obvious sag in the roof structure? Some of the issues that can arise with roofs may be obvious to the average person, but there are plenty of items that can only be determined by a trained roofing professional. Setting up a roofing maintenance plan can help you get in front of potential major roofing renovations.
We’ve received calls for plenty of people asking us for a second opinion. Sure, we can pitch you a number and a reason why, but we would rather make sure you know what the real problem is and the different action plans to make sure you and your family remain safe while taking into account what needs to be done to salvage the roof. Not every issue requires a roof replacement. Make sure you are getting feedback from multiple sources before making a decision.
Get references from your roofer
The days of user-generated reviews are here and with that comes the ability to gauge the level of quality and service your potential roofing contractor can provide. Online tools like Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and Yelp can help you get a perspective on the general population’s view of the company you plan to work with. But, it never hurts to ask them for references. Of course, this means you will be contacting customers who have had a successful relationship with the company. Check their rating, check their references, and make sure you feel comfortable with your contractor before pursuing an expensive project.
Get all the paperwork
Roofing projects are a big task and can require paperwork and permits. Be sure to get a written contract from your contractor with all agreed upon deliverables and costs for the project before starting. While you are at it, gather a letter indicating the contractor holds the proper insurance to protect you from liabilities. Most cities will require a building permit for a roofing project. Failing to gather a building permit can result in the loss of warranty for your roof. Should you find yourself in a sticky situation, you will be happy you have the paperwork on hand.
If you are embarking on a new roof project or find yourself at the receiving end of a potential roof issue, give us a call. Bob will be happy to come check on your roof, address your concerns, and provide you with a second opinion (or first). After all, it is our duty to make sure our clients are covered.