Roofing 101: How To Choose The Perfect Contractor

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Almost anything can go wrong with your roof at some point in time. You should look into getting your roof fixed before small problems get any worse. If you care for your roof now with just a little effort, this could lead you to not having to expend a greater effort down the road. This article will get you started.

Don’t think twice about replacing your shingles. Waiting can just allow the damage to worsen. Taking care of problems with the shingles immediately will help you to save more money and a lot of problems down the road. Maintaining your roof will extend its life.

While leaks sometimes do come from problems with your shingles, you should also check the foundation of the roof. Dry rot on the side of your home can allow water to enter your home. Look at every point of entry to make sure you fix the problem completely.

When a leak is getting fixed, you have to be sure that the job is done correctly the first time. If you find one bad spot, there could be more, so keep looking for them. Look at the whole roof and you might see that several areas are causing the leak.

Make certain you are secured the right way when you venture on the roof. If you end up slipping, this could save your life.

Co-workers, friends, and family should be the first resources for picking a contractor. You need ask questions about cost, quality and whether they were pleased overall with the work. Also ask how well the contractor cleaned up after the job was done and whether there is a warranty for future repairs.

Avoid paying full amounts upfront. A downpayment of about 25% is all that should be needed to get them started on the job. You don’t want them to do a poor job or do less work than expected.

After narrowing down your list of roofers, determine which one offers the best warranty. You want to be offered 3-5 years of coverage. You should have defective supplies covered and poor workmanship, too. Don’t forget to get copies of any warranty that you are offered.

The age of your roof plays a key role in the decision to purchase a new one. Roofs are generally warrantied for 20 years. After 20 years or so, it is in your best interest to replace your old, worn roof.

Ask the contractor what what warranty is offered on the work done. One company may offer you a better warranty than another. Also, require the estimates for the cost of the project in writing and get a paper copy of any warranties that apply. That way, there cannot be any disagreement about the terms later on.

Never neglect your roof. You are taking the chance that your roof will develop even worse problems if you ignore the small ones long enough. Be the smart homeowner and learn all of the tips you’ve found here. Keeping your roof maintained can potentially save you quite a bit of money and headaches in the future.

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