Prevention Goes a Long Way With Roofs

Also, take a tour of your attic on a sunny day and see if you see light coming through anywhere in your roof boards. Catching leaks early is a great way to prevent serious damage from occurring.

Examine your roof twice a year, in the spring and fall, to look for any signs of wear or damage. Things to look for include:

  • Gutters and downspouts should be kept free of leaves and debris
  • Missing, cracked, torns, or bald shingles
  • Pay particular attention to the valleys in your roof. This is where most wear and tear can happen
  • Flashing that appears loose or damaged around vents, chimneys, and valleys
  • Shingle granules in your gutters, which is indicative of shingles breaking down towards the end of their life
  • Moisture can contribute to mold and rot, so pay particular attention to water spots

Is Your Roof 20 Years Old or More? It Might Be Time For a New Roof

When it’s time to replace your roof, following are the most important questions you should ask any contractor you interview:

How long have you been in business?
You want someone with a track record and who is going to be around in the future should you have any problems that require warranty work on your roof.

Are you licensed and insured?
Make sure they have the appropriate licenses in your area and that they carry both workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance. While workers’ comp covers anything that happens to the workers while on your roof, the general insurance will cover any property and landscaping damages sustained in the course of putting a new roof on your house.

Will you remove my old shingles?
Removing old shingles is the only trustworthy way to determine if there is any damage that needs repaired underneath.

Are you going to install drip edges?
Make sure that drip edges will be installed as part of your roof installation.

How will you protect my gutters, landscaping and other property from ladders?
Make sure the contractor has a plan for ensuring that their ladders don’t damage your property.

What do you do if inclement weather pops up?
Your contractor should have a well laid out plan for his or her workers to follow should the weather suddenly change while they’re installing your new roof, including how to protect your unfinished roof.

Do you have references?
It’s important to contact references, especially from long-term satisfied customers.

What is your guarantee?
You should get a warranty not only on your roofing material, but also on the installation services.

What kind of safety and installation training do your workers have?
Make sure that your roofing contractors’ employees and subcontractors have adequate training.
How do you clean up your work site?
You should know their process for cleaning up afterwards and also find out if they’re bringing a waste container that needs a safe spot to be placed on. Heavy waste containers can damage blacktop driveways, so take this into consideration

Some General Tips for Choosing a Contractor

  • Don’t blindly accept the lowest bid. A low bid might be indicative of shoddy materials or subpar craftsmanship. It could also be indicative of a contractor that has a special relationship with a manufacturer for materials at cheaper rates. So it’s important to find out how your contractor came up with his or her bid.
  • Try to find a contractor who has good communication skills so that there won’t be miscommunication or misunderstandings during your roof installation.
  • Always check with the Better Business Bureau for any contractor you’re thinking of hiring.
  • Always check with the Better Business Bureau for any contractor you’re thinking of hiring.