If you’re considering a roofing contractor, you already know what a roofer can do. After all, most of us call roofers “roofers” at least once during our lifetimes. Yet many homeowners are reluctant to engage roofing contractors because they have visions of job site chaos and emergency roof repairs. Don’t worry. Professional roofers are okay and need to be handled with respect. When you hire an experienced roofer, there are some things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your roofing investment.
A good roofer will discuss your issues with you thoroughly. A roofer will look at your needs, the condition of your roofing material, your roof design and style, and your budget. When discussing these issues with your roofer, ensure you are clear on what is required. For instance, if you are replacing your existing roof, your roofer will want to know how long your roof will last before requiring re-coating. If you are seeking roofing repairs or another roofing project, your roofer will also want to know your needs as a customer.
The first thing a roofer will do is tear down your existing roof, including all roof sheathing. Some roofs may require more than one removal because different roof elements can age at different rates. In addition, if there’s damage to the attic due to severe weather, your roofer will likely need to perform a roof inspection. In most states, your roofer is required to perform an attic inspection before tearing down your attic. This inspection aims to identify problem areas and seek ways to solve those problems before tearing down your attic.
If you have a modern house, your roofer likely won’t need to make any structural changes to your existing roof. However, if you have an old house, you’ll probably need to consider having some repair work done. In fact, if you have an old house, you should ask your roofer if he can make any structural changes to your roof so you can have a modern-looking roof. Although this won’t be a budget issue if you’re just replacing the roofing on your main floor, it can be an expensive endeavor if you have to tear everything out of the attic.
There are different types of roofing materials, styles and designs. Certain materials are better for particular climates and locales. For example, asphalt shingled roofs work well in high wind areas but not so much in low wind areas. Certain roofing materials, such as tile or slate are better for coastal areas and certain types of landscaping such as brick are better for other types of landscapes. When working with a roofer, make sure to keep all these things in mind to make sure you get the work done the way you want and the way it is supposed to be done.
One of the most common roofing issues homeowners face leaks. Leaks can occur anywhere on your roof from flashing to underlayment. From small, repairable leaks to large, water-wasting leaks, a roofer can resolve them all. Homeowners face common roofing problems include cracked shingles, damaged flashing and sheathing, missing or improper shingle thickness, wet ceiling or moisture problems, leaks near flashings and weak sheathing.
To find the source of your leak, your roofer will conduct a thorough inspection of your roofing area. This includes looking for leaks under your shingles and under your fascia boards. Sometimes leaks can be found by simply looking at your roof. Many times, leaks can be found by examining your fascia boards for cracks, broken flashing and other signs of damage. If you see water dripping or leaking from one particular spot on your roof, it is best to send your roofer away to assess the problem further.
Your new roof will not only help increase the value of your home, but also increase its curb appeal and curb safety. In addition to inspecting your roof to find leaks and other roofing issues, your roofer will also make sure your roof has a clean, modern look. You can achieve several different looks through roofing installation, including European, Spanish, colonial, ranch house, tract and country styles.