Sometimes, it is easy to ignore a home’s roof until there is a noticeable problem. Once a problem is recognized, damage to the home may already be extensive. This is why it is important to get your roof checked regularly – at least annually and after hailstorms – by a professional. When it is time for a roof to be replaced, all efforts should be taken to make sure it is done well. Here are important tips regarding your home’s roof.
Check Roofs Soon After a Storm
Hail is a leading cause of roof damage during a storm. Wind damage may also occur. In the days following such a storm, you should contact your insurance agency for an assessment. In cases of severe damage, your insurance company may pay the cost of a new roof.
If there is moderate damage, you may only get partial reimbursement. Nevertheless, it is important to get a new roof as soon as possible. Damage may allow water to seep in the next time it rains, causing more serious and costly damage to the home.
Hire a Dependable Roofing Contractor
Call several roofing contractors to get quotes. Do not be afraid to ask questions, such as what kind of materials the roofing contractor will use, where the company gets its supplies and how long the job is expected to take.
In some cases, the roofing contractor will need to come out and look at your home to determine how long it will take. The average sized home rarely takes more than a couple of days when asphalt shingles are used. Weather may delay or interrupt the process, however.
Choose Suitable Roofing Materials
Roofing materials vary in cost and durability. Asphalt shingles are among the cheapest and most easy to use. Durability among these composite shingles depends upon several factors. If you are going to use these shingles, make sure the contractor will use the newest available materials for durability.
Among the most durable materials for roofing are slate shingles. However, these are also beyond the budget of many. When you can afford slate, you should consider choosing this material, or similar durable roofing materials. Consider it an investment against water damage from future leaks. Durable roofing materials may also increase the property value of your home. Contrary to this, if you choose the cheapest materials you can find, you may discover yourself needing a new roof again within just a few years.
Advanced Home Exterior guarantees thier customers in writing that every installation will meet and exceed Hardie Corporation specifications.