What You Should Know About Roofs
1. Keep up appearances.
your next major remodeling project, don't forget to consider the look and style
of your roofing. When you consider that the average roof comprises 40 percent
of a home's visible exterior, you want it to look good.
2. Sneak a peek.
roof from a safe vantage point using binoculars. Look for cracking, curling,
and missing shingles. If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, also look for
areas that seem to lack granular covering. You can examine your roof from the
inside, too. In your attic space, use a flashlight to look for water stains
that may indicate a growing roof leak.
3. Ask the right questions.
roofing contractor should have a permanent place of business, a phone number, a
tax identification number, and, where required, a business license. Also ask
for proof of liability insurance and workers' compensation. Otherwise, you
might be the one liable for job site accident coverage.
4. Know the code.
local municipal building department to see how many times you may re-cover an
existing roof with another layer of similar materials. Some communities only
allow two layers of roofing material, and require any additional layers to be
torn off before more roofing can be installed.
5. Take a picture.
ways for a contractor to take a digital picture of your home and show you
different renderings of the house with different roofing materials.
6. Get it in writing.
contractors should deliver a detailed proposal that describes the type of
roofing, material, and color; other materials to be used; and the scope of work
to be done. Remember to specify whether existing roofing will be removed or
covered with a layer of new shingles, and to state who will be responsible for
installing new flashing and vents. Most importantly, make sure the proposal
indicates approximate starting and completion deadlines.
Information per Better Homes and Gardens