roof 2 (1)Thinking that it might be time to make some upgrades to your roof?  Before making the decision, give this article a read.

In it, we’ll discuss how you can inspect your roof for wear and tear and decide if it’s time to take action.  Once you’ve decided to move forward, we’ll provide you with some handy tips on what to look for in a contractor.

Part 1: How To Spot Potential Problem Areas On Your Roof

Step One: Inspect Your Shingles:

A good visual inspection of your shingles is always the first step in uncovering if you will need roof repairs.  Firstly, look for the obvious signs of wear and tear – missing shingles, or shingles that are cracked or blistered.

For asphalt shingles, take a look at their coating and see if it is beginning to wear.

Step Two: Inspect Your Attic:

Once you’ve taken a good look at the shingles, and the overall roof quality, it’s time to go inside and take a look in your attic.  Here you want to keep an eye out for water damage or leaks.  Look for dark spots on your wood – this is usually an indication of water damage.

Once you’ve identified water damage, be sure to assess the condition of the wood.  If the wood is still firm, it’s safe to say the damage is not recent, and there’s no cause for alarm.  If the wood is soft to the touch, then it has been damaged by the water and you have an issue that needs to be addressed.

Step Three: Get A Professional Inspection:

Once you’ve completed the first two steps, it’s decision time – did you see enough problem areas that you’d like to get a professional opinion?  If so, it’s time to bring in a contractor for inspection.

Part 2: Deciding On A Contractor

But where to start?  First of all, research local home improvement companies and contractors.  Look for companies / individuals who are well established in the business.  Ask potential contractors for references or addresses where you can take a look at past work.

Here are some questions you’ll want to ask:

  • How does disposal of the old roofing materials work?  Is there an extra cost for that?
  • Can I see samples of the materials you’ll be using?
  • What is your timeframe for completion?
  • Will we require permits to do these repairs?

Once you’ve focused on a favorite company, it’s time to “seal the deal”.  Make sure a contract is signed that defines every detail of your work together, including the specific materials the contractor will be using.

Once the work starts, be sure that you pay for the materials at the time they are delivered to the site.  If you can be home through the process, that’s even better, as you can make sure there aren’t any surprises while the work is underway.

With these handy tips, you’ll have a smooth road to repairing your roof!

Many homeowners are interested in finding out how much does a new roof cost. You may also find our free roofing guide helpful.

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