Does your roof have problem areas? Do some areas of your roof look troublesome? Does your roof have strange growths on it? You can become a responsible homeowner if you learn how to care for your roof. Not only are you going to be able to take care of your roof better, this article will also teach you how to catch problems before they get bigger.
If a leak pops up during a storm, don’t do anything until the rain stops and you have a chance to look at the problem. The roof is especially dangerous when it is wet, and there is no way to seal off a leak while it is raining. When it’s dry you can fix it safely and properly.
While damaged shingles are sometimes the cause of leaks, it is also a good idea to check with your roof’s foundation as well. Water can get into your home anywhere that dry rot has occurred. Look at every entry point, even rotten wood, to see if the problem can be solved for good.
Cut your grass just before a contractor arrives to take off your roof. This can help them easily find any nails they drop, making things easier on both of you. A magnetic nail finder also works better in short grass if your contractor uses one.
Have you hired a contractor who cannot repair your leaky roof immediately? If so, then you need a temporary fix to help you get by. You could purchase heavy grade plastic and put it over the leaking area and fasten with nails. It isn’t a long-term solution, but it will do.
You never want to just get on your roof in search of damaged spots. Get an inspector out to do the job right. You should not take the risk of having the roof cave in with you on top of it.
The best roofing contractors are those who are always on top of their licenses, credentials, and documentation. You need to find a roofer with a current licence and some excellent references. Liability insurance is another must-have. Ideally, the contractor should also carry workers’ compensation.
Your roof’s age can indicate if it needs replacing. Roofs have, generally, about 20 years of life in them. 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. Some may provide you with better deals than others. Make sure you always get your warranty on paper and hold onto it. This will prevent disagreements down the line.
If you are unable to find where your roof is leaking, try not to become discouraged. If you keep looking, you’ll find it eventually, especially if you get a friend to help you search with a garden hose. Communicate via cell phone if you have a large house so that you ensure there is no large pools of water flowing into the home as you test for leaks.
You should now feel confident about making wise roofing decisions. Now you have the information needed to take proper care of your roof. Treat your roof properly and it will treat you right.