5 Things to Know About Roof Repairs

 In Home Maintenance, Repairs

Looking to replace or make roof repairs? Before the work gets started, here are a some critical considerations to help save you time, money and unforeseen problems.

  1. How do you know if you need to replace your roof? It is recommended that you do a thorough inspection of the quality of your roof twice a year. Spring and Fall are perfect seasons to do roof repairs and inspections. If you have an unfinished attic and easy access, begin inside and during the daytime. Check for spaces where light shines through. Check again during rain and look for signs of leaking, dark spots or soft/rotting wood.From the exterior and from a ladder (let the professionals walk the roof), look for shingles that are missing or damaged. Look for flashing that is disturbed. Check again during rain to see if there is proper flow through gutters – or if water is getting trapped or rerouted to a particular area of the roof.Damage doesn’t necessarily mean your entire roof needs replacing. A specialized roofing contractor will help to determine the degree of damage and best remedy.
  2. Make sure the roofing materials do not contain asbestos. Disturbance of asbestos materials by non-licensed individuals and companies is illegal and dangerous. Disposal of asbestos containing building materials must also be done properly with a licensed hauler and landfill.
  3. Learn a little about your roofing system. Even if construction isn’t your wheelhouse, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of understanding how your roofing system works. And the more you know, the more comfortable you’ll be with making good decisions about such an important investment in your home. Here’s a great rundown on roofing systems and materials from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

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  1. Know the importance of hiring a licensed contractor. While working with an unlicensed contractor can be appealing because of perceived lowered costs of your projects, there are most certainly tradeoffs. Hiring a licensed contractor provides many advantages and protections to a property owner that will guarantee good quality work. Licensed contractors are bonded – which ensures homeowners are protected if the job is not completed properly, or if there are unmet financial obligations like permits or subcontractors. They can pull permits at your city’s building department, and they are insured, protecting you from liability.
  2. When is the best time for roof repair? Before you have a major problem. Stay in front of any big issues like leaky ceilings that can damage drywall, floors, ceilings, furniture, electrical wiring and more.

Owning and maintaining a home is the biggest investment many people will make. It pays to be informed, and there’s nothing that saves you more money than getting the job done well the first time.

If you would like more information, or would like to schedule testing of your roof, give us a call at 732.383.5190 or e-mail us at info@stockenvironmental.com.

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