People don’t spend too much time thinking about the roof, that is until a serious issue arises. A lot of people just don’t know what to do when they have roofing problems because they find it intimidating.
Continue reading to learn more about how to take care of your roof.
You shouldn’t ever try to fix your roof if it’s rainy out, snowing, or if there’s ice around. If the roof is slippery or wet, you may fall, resulting in a potentially major injury or even death. If you decide to repair your roof on your own, do it when it’s dry and sunny outside.
Your environment matters when thinking about your roof
Dry climates can greatly benefit from clay roofs. They also keep homes cool. Clay does not do well in wet climates and can damage a roof pretty quickly. If you have doubts, just ask.
Before putting your signature on paper, pose several questions. A good question might be how many nails are going to be used in each shingle. You usually need more than three to do the job well. Ask them about what their methods are to see if the answer they give is satisfactory. Go with another contractor if you’re not happy with their answer.
If you feel pressured by a salesman, do not agree to anything and show him to the door. This type of salesman will do what they have to do to convince you that you cannot live without what they are offering. It could end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars if you do not put a stop to their pitch.
If it will be a little while before a contractor will come to fix your roof, you should probably think of a temporary solution. Nail heavy plastic over the leak. It isn’t a long-term solution, but it will do.
Beware of quick fixes when it comes to roof repair
It may seem like a money saver, but it may end up causing more damage, and that may cost you more. The smartest thing to do is to completely fix the problem as quickly as possible to prevent things from getting worse.
Once you have narrowed down your list of potential contractors, ask them what kind of warranties are available. Most roofers offer a warranty on their work for up to five years. The longer the warranty you can get, the better. It must cover workmanship and defective supplies, and they should also give you photocopies of manufacturer warranties too.
Be sure that your roofer has insurance
In the event that a roofer damages anything on your property and is not insured, it’s up to you 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.
After you’ve read this, you should feel better about your new roofing knowledge. The more effort you put into roofing maintenance, the less likely it is you will need to constantly care for it in the long term. If you need a new roof, or need your roof repaired, you should be better at handling that problem. Good luck.