... Tip Number 43 Of 251
When it comes to maintaining your roof, make sure that you keep your gutters clean. Clear them of any fallen leaves, twigs and other debris so that water can flow freely from your roof. If you don't adequately clean out your gutters regularly you may become prone to flooding problems.
If you have already called a roofing contractor, but he is not scheduled to visit for a few days, you should try to provide yourself with a temporary fix for your leaking roof. Buy some heavy plastic, and secure it with nails. This isn't the best way to work with leaks, however, it works in a pinch.
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Calling around for different quotes for your roofing job is important to ensure you get the best price. However, if a contractor is offering their services way below the average, ask yourself why. It could very well be a good deal, but it could be a scam as well.
If you are roofing yourself, make sure you always double-check any measurements you make. Regardless of how certain you are on a measurement, one small mistake could cause you to waste valuable materials, which could result in hundreds or even thousands lost. When using pricey items, such as galvanized roof flashing, this is especially important.
Before you buy a new home, you should have the roof inspected by a professional. A normal home inspection might miss issues with the roof, and could cause big problems for you down the line. As an added bonus, if you decide to sell your home, you'll be able to show the results of the inspection to prospective buyers.
While giving a deposit to your roofer is normal, you shouldn't pay for the job itself until it's been completed. The rule of thumb is that the deposit shouldn't be more than 25% of the roofer's total estimate for the job. The roofer needs money in advance for materials, but they don't need to be paid for labor that hasn't been done.
When you are buying shingles it is very important to go with a popular brand. This is due to the availability of the shingles for future repairs. If you decide to take a cheap option and buy shingles from a company going out of business, or the last of a certain color, you will run into problems matching the shingles for repairs down the road. If you do go with the cheap option, be sure to have extra bundles for the inevitable repairs you will need.
If you have a leak in your roof and the weather is wet and/or icy, it is a good idea to wait until the weather is better to take care of it. While fixing the roof right away might seem like the best solution, you are increasing your chances of getting hurt.
If you are doing your own roofing job, make sure to practice proper ergonomics. Roofing involves carrying tools up and down ladders onto the roof. Carry only what is comfortable for you. Bend from your knees and lift with your legs. Always be aware of how your back is bent, when actually installing the roofing materials.
Make note of your initial impression of any companies you contact and receive quotes from. How was the customer service? Did you have to wait long to speak to someone? Did they answer all of your questions thoroughly? This can tell you a lot about how your overall experience will be from start to finish if you decide to choose them.
It is very common for the gutters on your house to become clogged, so make sure you have them cleaned on a fairly regular basis. If you allow them to stay dirty, it will give rain a chance to build up and pool on top of your roof, which increases the chances of the roof becoming damaged.
After taking bids from a variety of contractors, don't just go with the lowest offer. It is just one factor to consider. You also need to take into consideration the contractor's reputation, what you sense when dealing with the company and how long the job will take to complete. Just going with the lowest estimate can cost you in the long run.
Always research a roofing company before you allow them to do any work on your roof. You want to call up the Better Business Bureau or visit their website to see if there are any complaints. Search online and see if anyone has left a review about the company as well. If you don't do this, you could end up getting with a company that does terrible work.
Ask for copies of the roofing company's liability coverage before letting them work on your roof. If they are an experienced and professional company, then they should have these papers with them when they meet with you. Any company that doesn't carry or outright refuses to provide copies of their insurance and papers detailing worker's compensation should be avoided.
It is very common for a roofer to require you to pay a deposit before they start the job, but never pay them in full until completion. It may end up being very difficult to get a refund if you are not satisfied with their work, so seek out a contractor that requires no more than 25% up front.
The most commonly used material for roofs is asphalt, but one must consider the fact that these shingles don't last very long. If you'd rather be able to not worry about re-installing shingles, consider installing metal or tile roof material. These options have a long life span, but are a bit more costly.