Homeowners place a lot of time and energy into certain parts of maintenance, such as their landscape and the home's interior. However, the roof also deserves maintenance, especially since it's the main part of the home that provides you with shelter. Unfortunately, the roof will experience some stress over time, so knowing what to do if you believe your roof is in distress is smart. Here are a few questions you may want to ask contractors about your roof.
Can It Be Repaired?
If you notice shingles are missing and your roof has visible damage, the first question to ask the contractor is whether the roof can be repaired.
There are many instances where you should only have to replace a few shingles to restore the roof back to a safe state. Of course, there are also instances where a more involved repair can be done.
If you notice water leaking through the ceiling of your attic or within the home in general, the entire roof must be replaced. These leaks are a sure sign that not only did you lose or damage shingles, but that there are also damages to the roof underlayment, which led to a leak inside your home.
What About a Reroofing?
There are many benefits to replacing the entire roof, which requires a more involved process.
Although more time consuming and expensive, a complete roof replacement can be beneficial. Contractors will be able to see if there is any underlying damage, such as moisture, rot, and decay, which allows them to make the most crucial of repairs.
You may be able to save time and money with a reroof, though.
Reroofing involves placing new shingles over an existing roof. Even though it is an easier job, reroofing has to be completed properly. Flashings may not be replaced, but they can be a great investment if you want the more secure roof job. Also, the new shingles must be laid evenly over the existing ones to ensure a proper slope, which will help keep water and debris off the roof.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
Once you are ready to start the roofing project, make sure to hire only contractors that are licensed and insured. This is important for a few reasons.
Licensed roofers have the experience and knowledge needed to complete your roof job effectively. Insured contractors are also important, especially since these repairs and replacements can be dangerous.
This guide will help you and your roofing contractor determine how to best repair your roof.