Hire a Licensed & Insured Contractor
Only hire a roofer that can provide proof of active licenses and insurance policies. It goes without saying that you should find someone else if they cannot provide this for you. The reason being, a poor job will result in future damage which will be costly and detrimental to your home. Quality roofing companies always carry insurance that covers unexpected events. If they do not have this insurance, you may have to cover damages they incur
Finding a Professional
Make sure your homework is done when looking for a roofing contractor. Don’t simply hire the cheapest contractor you locate. Make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is trained and skilled. Ask friends and family for recommendations if you know they have hired someone in the past. This is important because you don’t want to avoid poor roofing work that could be expensive later on.
Taking Care of Your Roof
A properly maintained roof is generally expected to last for fifteen years or so, but not without upkeep. You have to do your roof properly. The following tips will help you some ideas about roofing.
Preventive Roof Maintenance
Maintaining your roof properly will help you avoid damages to the rest of your home. Your roof is the first line of defense protecting your home from the elements. If you notice missing shingles or perhaps the seal on your pipe flashing needs caulking, it should be repaired right away. Keeping your rain gutters clear of debris prevents water getting behind fascia and onto the soffit. Applying a protective coating to your wooden shake shingles helps preserve your roof. Trimming tree branches so that they don't rub against and damage your roofing system...
Leaks don't always come from the roof
Damaged shingles are the cause of most leaks, water can also get in through siding as well as via the fascia board, when gutters are clogged water can overflow and get behind the fascia it then runs horizontally along the soffit and into your home. It is important to examine every potential water entry point, like rotting wood so that you are really resolving all the problem areas. Don't be frustrated if you can’t find where your roof is leaking. Call a professional most roofing companies are happy to take a look at your roof and provide a free estimate.
Repairs should be made right away
Always replace damaged or missing shingles as soon as possible. Don't wait till you see water leaking from your ceiling, by the time you see evidence of a leak inside your home it has already damaged your decking, frame, insulation, and drywall. Just because you see a leak doesn't necessarily mean you need a new roof. Call a roofer and let them look at your roof before making that decision.
Safety always comes first
You never want to climb atop your roof and try finding damaged areas yourself. If you have roof problems, get a professional out there asap. You definitely don’t want to have the roof cave in on you.
Find a reputable roofing company
Co-workers, friends, family or neighbors are great resources for selecting a roofing contractor. Ask others if they’re pleased with their work, with the overall quality of the chosen materials, and if the costs were fair. As about the quality of the cleanup and if they have a warranty in case of future repairs. Word of mouth and personal experience are the best source for a good roofer.
Do a background check
Make sure any roofer you hire has the proper license to do the job. Do not simply believe that he is legitimate based off what is required. Contact the building department and see what is needed. When you hire a roofing contractor, you must look at their background references. Whenever you check out these references, follow up on them by contacting them so you can ask them their opinions on the contractor’s work. You should also make it a point to have a look at some of these homes yourself.
Beware of Scams
Be aware of storm chasing contractors. These contractors prey on residents in areas that have been hit hard by storms. Many of them are from the area and don’t have no documentation for your state. If their vehicle has magnetic signage, they might be storm chasers.