You will often hear of a person’s home called the “roof” over their head. This part of your home protects you from the external environment. When you become a homeowner, you also become a “roof owner” and must take care of this roof. The advice below will help keep your home dry and your roof in good condition.
Sometimes shingles leak, but the foundation can leak too. Water can enter into many areas that are rotting. Look to every area that could be an entry point,including any area with rotted wood, so that you can fix the problem for good.
Don’t every try and repair your roof in wet, snowy or icy conditions. If the roof is slippery, you risk having a fall that can cause serious injury or death. Wait for sunny weather before you work on your roof.
Rubber boots are an important part of any roof repair. They will help you maintain footing whether the roof is wet or dry. Roof repairs will typically place you in harms way several times during the duration of their repairs, so be careful and think twice.
Cut the grass a little while before the roofing contractor arrives to remove the roof. This will make it easier to find any nails that fall from the roof. Your contractor may have a nail finder, which works well in tandem with short blades of grass.
If it will be a little while before a contractor will come to fix your roof, you should probably think of a temporary solution. Buy some heavy plastic, and secure it with nails. It is not a lasting fix for the leaks, but it’ll provide your home with some protection until the proper repairs can be made.
Try not to use any short-term fixes on your roof. It may seem cost effective at the time, but in the end, you are more likely to have further damage that will only cost you more money. Get the problem fixed today to avoid disaster tomorrow.
Whenever you narrow down your list of contractors, ask each one their provided warranties. You need a warranty of at least three years, preferably five. It needs to cover poor workmanship and defective supplies, and you should have copies of all the manufacturer warranties, too.
When hiring a contractor, ensure he has the proper licenses. If you’re unsure of what that is exactly, don’t just assume everything is okay because the contractors says it is. Look up the building department in your area and give them a call to see what is needed.
Don’t try to get too miserly when purchasing new materials for your home’s roof. Cheap materials can get worn out quickly and you may have to end up spending more than you would if you bought something of better quality.
A good roof is a safe roof. You can ignore many maintenance issues, but roof issues are not included. Using the tips given here to maintain your roof will save you from future problems.