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        Entry Check the roof before you buy

 | Category: roofing tips
entry Aug 1 2016, 11:04 PM
Buying a home is an exciting event. If it's your first time buying a home, you're probably especially anxious to sign on the dotted line and get the keys to your new home. But buying a home isn't a decision you want to rush in. You want to make sure that you're aware of any potential repairs that the home will need. One of the areas commonly in need of repair is the roof. Depending on the condition of the roof, these repairs can be quite costly. You'll definitely want to know about any problems with the roof before you inherit those problems.

Questions to ask

When buying a home, ask these questions to find out whether you need to worry about roofing problems:
  • When was the current roof installed? The older it is, the sooner it will need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Is it the original roof? Has it been repaired or replaced? Is the existing roof installed on top of the older roof? If the roof is older but patched up, or if new shingles have been laid on top of old ones, expect to have more problems with your roof down the road.
  • Are there any known leaks? If so, is there any damage in the home resulting from leaks? If the answer is yes, these will need to be repaired immediately.
If you're really serious about buying a home, you may even want to consider having the roof looked at by a professional roofer who can look for any other roofing problems such as gaps by the chimney or vents, damaged flashing, or damaged rain gutters.

Should you buy?

Of course, if there's no major issues with the roof, you can feel more confident in buying the home. But if, on the other hand, there are some problems with the roof, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to pass up on the home. Work with the current homeowner to have any roofing problems taken care of or estimate the cost of these repairs and agree on a lower price for the home to compensate you.

Just remember that the homeowner's main concern is to sell the home. Often, homeowners go with the lowest bid when it comes to fixing the roof since they don't have to live under it. It might be a good idea to work with the homeowner in selecting a roofing contractor with plenty of experience and a good reputation in the community.

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Source: the-daily-record.com/local%20news/2015/01/16/new-homebuyer-s-checklist-to-id-costly-repairs

 | Category: roofing tips
entry Jul 22 2016, 07:21 PM
New homeowners learn quickly how important it is to stay on top of home maintenance tasks if they want to keep their home in good shape. One of the key aspects of the home that needs to be well-maintained is the roof. Anyone who has had a roof leak go unchecked can tell you how disastrous it can be. When a roof leak gets out of hand, it doesn't take long to cost you thousands of dollars. It can lead to rot in your ceilings and walls and can damage your property inside your home. Roofing experts stress that now is the best time to inspect your roof before the weather turns cold.

When to inspect your roof

Most roofers suggest inspecting your roof at least once a year, and preferably twice. You should definitely be inspecting your roof in the late summer or early fall to make sure it's in good shape for the upcoming harsh winter weather. Winter tends to be the hardest time of the year for your roof so if it's not up to the task of protecting your home, the winter will take a serious toll on your home. If you're inspecting twice a year, then the second time would be just after the winter to see how it held up. You may need to inspect multiple times per year if you experience especially harsh weather; it's good to inspect your roof after a major storm in case there's damage and you need to file a claim with your insurance company.

What to look for

There are five key areas you'll want to check when inspecting your roof.
  • The shingles themselves. First check the roof shingles. You're looking for any cracked, warped, loose, or missing shingles. Other issues might include moss, mold, or water that is pooling up on your roof's surface or debris that is accumulating.
  • The flashing. Flashing is a metal underlayer. Watch for rust, cracks, or dents in the flashing as that can lead to water getting inside your home.
  • The roof overhang. If paint is peeling on the underside of your roof overhang, that's a sign that there is moisture there and needs to be looked at by a professional.
  • Rain gutters. Your rain gutters should be kept clear of debris such as leaves, branches, dirt, and dislodged shingles. If you notice colored granules from your aging shingles, it's a sign your roof needs replacing soon.
  • The attic. Finally, you should check the underside of your roof by heading into the attic space and looking for any signs of water damage there.
How to do it safely

The safest course of action is to have a licensed roofing contractor and perform the inspection. If you want to do it yourself however, make sure you inspect the roof on a day where the weather is good (no rain, snow, or strong winds). Use a sturdy ladder and make sure it's on level ground. Wear rubber-soled shoes with good tread so you have traction when walking on the roof. Most importantly, don't work alone. Have a buddy to steady the ladder and to be there just in case there's an emergency.

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Source: telegram.com/article/ZZ/20150908/NEWS/150909915

 | Category: roofing contractor
entry Jul 11 2016, 12:40 AM

Your house most likely represents the largest investment you’ll ever make in your lifetime so it’s only natural that you want to take care of it. Of course the first line of defense is always going to be your roof. By taking good care of your roof, you can prolong its life and help it help you. Here are seven roof care tips to follow.
  • Keep in clear of debris. Over time, all kinds of debris such as leaves, twigs, dirt, footballs, and Frisbees end up on your roof. All of this debris traps water and makes it harder for it to get off your roof after it rains. Standing water on your roof will cause your roof to deteriorate much faster than it otherwise would so clean it regularly.
  • Make sure flashing is in good condition. Underneath your shingles in the vulnerable areas on your roof you have metal flashing that serves as a second barrier. Make sure there are no gaps and that they aren’t corroding.
  • Check your rain gutters. It’s crucial that your rain gutters function properly as they allow water to escape your roof. Make sure they’re securely attached and that they aren’t clogged up.
  • Look for problems with the roof’s structure. If you’re noticing that a part of your roof is sagging, there’s a problem with the roof deck that needs to be addressed.
  • Trim back or remove trees that hang over your roof. Not only can one good gust of wind cause thousands of dollars in damages if it blows the tree over or knocks down a big branch, but simply having tiny branches drag across your roof in the wind can damage your shingles.
  • Watch out for algae. Like debris, algae and moss can trap water on your roof and damage your shingles.
  • Make repairs promptly. If your roof does have problems, get them fixed immediately. They’ll only get worse if you ignore them.
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Source: thesequitur.com/useful-roof-care-tips-from-a-miami-roofer-2320616/

 | Category: roofing contractor
entry Jun 29 2016, 01:58 AM
Natural disasters can bring out the best in people. For example, when strangers come together to help people in need. Unfortunately, natural disasters can also bring out people looking to take advantage of the most desperate. One of the most common after-disaster scams involves damage done to roofs. There are many different scams such as people who aren't licensed who offer you a great deal but do shoddy work and use inferior materials. Other individuals might commit insurance fraud by promising to deal with your insurance company directly. Some people will even target elderly homeowners and convince them that their roofs are damaged even when they aren't to get them to pay them money.

Most roofers really are qualified and are just trying to help but it's still important to be careful. Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to play it safe when it comes to roof damage.
  • Always check with your insurance company regarding policy coverage and policy requirements. Save your receipts and don't let a roofer "take care of it."
  • You should be proactive in hiring a roofer. Don't hire a roofer that comes to you. Be especially wary of high pressure sales tactics such as a really good discount that you have to say "yes" to now or miss out on.
  • Say "no" to door-to-door roofers who claim to have left over materials from a project down the street especially if they don't have a permanent place of business in the area.
  • Don't believe anyone who knocks on your door and says your home is unsafe to inhabit unless you pay us to do such-and-such work. If the roof damage is significant enough to make your home unsafe, you wouldn't need a roofer to tell you.
  • Only hire a roofer who is licensed and insured and make sure you get a written contract before work begins. Get a number of estimates before you hire.
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Source: kdvr.com/2016/06/06/hiring-a-roofing-contractor/

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