How Do You Pick a Roofer?
A roofer should be somebody you can trust and rely on to complete your project or projects to complete satisfaction. They should display competence, confidence, and possess a strong knowledge base to draw from.
Experience in the industry helps, as well as strong relationships with local roofing suppliers, manufacturers, and other cogs of the roofing industry.
In addition, insurance is a must. Make sure that your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Never choose a company based solely on price. Avoid storm chasers.
Signs That You Need a New Roof
The number one indicator that usually prompts (or forces) homeowners to replace their roof is often a sudden leak that proves disastrous to their home or disabling to their daily lives.
However, there are other, more manageable signs you can spot that tell you it is time to replace the roof. Ever notice that dark streaking running down your lighter colored shingles? It is aesthetically unpleasing and also a sign that your roof shingles are growing old and losing their resistance to moss and algae.
The presence of missing, broken, or curled shingles often means that your shingles are becoming brittle with age and losing their fortitude against the elements.
How long does a roof last?
A roof should last 20 to 30 years, if installed correctly. However, many factors influence how long your home’s roof will protect you from the elements.
Do you live in an area with significant weather events?
How much sunlight does your roof receive, or, conversely, how much foliage exists on your property that blocks out the sun?
Was the roof installed using staples, nails, or something other fastener?
Is your roof able to “breathe” by being properly ventilated?
These are only some factors that affect your roof’s lifespan. The best way to diagnose how much longer
your roof has left is by having a professional perform a proper inspection.
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