Although professional roof service remains among the most reasonably priced areas of exterior home improvement, following these tips can help you save even more cash. Roofing-related horror stories abound wherein homeowners share the tales of encountered problems and accumulated roof and interior home damage. A compromised roof can lead to tons of problems – problems that extent throughout your home. The following tips are designed to help you prevent and/or reduce the need for professional roofing repairs.Bonus tips cover critter damage to your entire home as well as the roof.
1) Ventilation Pipes
Even on a relatively new roof, the boots around ventilation pipes can result in water seepage into the interior of your home. So do a yearly inspection. Even a little seepage around the pipe boots can result in long-term serious water problems. If your inspection turns up a problem with the boot on any of your ventilation pipes, roof service becomes an immediate necessity. For best assurances of a proper repair, call in a pro roofer, but if you do choose to do the roof repairs on your own, make certain that you get the right sized boot for the pipe in question.
2) Attic Inspection
Whether your attic is roomy or tight, yearly inspections from inside the attic may help you avoid the expense of a major inside/outside interior/exterior home repair job. One great way to identify slow leaks:
A) Wait for a rainy night
B) Go into the attic at night
C) Turn out the attic lights
D) Use a flashlight and look for the glimmer of falling water, glittery beams, and even spot flashes on the insulation.
Respond with purpose and authority over any sign of leakage. If you can’t pinpoint the source of the leak on your own, call in a reliable roof service or exterior solutions contractor.
3) Choosing a Roofing Contractor
As in any business, experience plays almost as great a role as does licenses and insurance. When checking out a roofing company, question their level of experience as well as their legal documentation. Ask for older references so that you can physically confirm the age of the business. Run a WhoIs Domain check to see how long the company website has existed. Look for the line labeled “Creation Date.” And don’t go by the images displayed in the website portfolio. Online reviews, testimonials, images of previous jobs can be easily faked. The longer a roof service company has been in business, the less likely that the website displays incorrect information. So just use every-day common sense.
Even on work performed via insurance coverage, legitimate roofing or exterior solutions contractors do not demand upfront payment. Also, legitimate roof inspectors don’t mind working under the eyes of the homeowner. Finally: Legitimate roof service contractors never do random door-to-door sales and they always put the contract on paper.
4) DIY Roofing
Wet roofs can be deadly roofs. Avoid any DIY roofing services during bad weather – including high winds as well as rain, sleet, and snow. Plan your job with wisdom. Sometimes installing a tarp for temporary protection is better than making roof repairs in a rush. One fall can set you back far more than any DIY roofing project will ever save. If you don’t have the right equipment, proper safety devices, and reliable climbing aids, call for a professional roof service company. It will make your life easier.
5) Other Signs of a Leaky Roof
Although some roof leaks are difficult to track, many leaks result in telltale interior home damage. If you notice water stains on your ceilings, bubbled paint in the upper regions of the outer walls, or sponginess along any wall or ceiling, check for a leaky roof. Spotting these warning signs early may save you bundles on interior repairs as well as exterior roof service work. A postponed roof repair is a guarantee of higher future expenses.
6) Roof Repair
Before beginning your roof repair project, inspect the entire roof. At first glance, damage may seem limited to an area around a skylight or a venting fan, but this may merely be the most obvious trouble spot. Walk the entire roof. A localized leak can be the breakout point of a problem that begins elsewhere. A careful and complete outside roof inspection helps ensure that your roof service project doesn’t come up short on solving the problem.
Also, when working on the roof, siding, windows or any other exterior region of your home that requires use of ladders, off-ground services or any other risky home repair activities, work in teams. Even if you work alone in the high areas, plan that someone remains available to keep routine check on your safety. An ounce of prevention is the best medicine, but quick discovery goes far toward preventing the need for even longer-term medical treatment.
Roof Service Is Never a Minor Issue
It may seem that a slight drip that produces minor damage does not require immediate repair. That is an error in thinking. Once a shingle or two have blown off, it’s much easier for the wind to get underneath the rest and blow them off too, one-by-one. Service your roof quickly. Minimize the damage. Save yourself money in the short-haul and the long haul.
Many a sad homeowner can tell a painful tale of delayed roof service and the costs thereof. Heeding the tips in this article can help keep your roof intact, secure, and reliable. When it comes to home exterior solutions, a little care goes a long way toward reducing the need for more serious home repairs and home maintenance expenses.