Now that summer is here, homeowners all across the country are taking advantage of the more moderate temperatures and taking care of outside home improvement projects. Many more basic tasks can be undertaken by the homeowners themselves. Some of the bigger, more complex and involved jobs, though, are best served by professionals that are more experienced and specialize in given areas. Among projects that, due to safety considerations as well as the complexity that can play into the project, is a roofing job.
There are many reasons why a roof gets damaged, or just simply needs replacing. Quite understandably, very old roofs deteriorate over time, necessitating continuous repair until ultimately needing replacement. Bad storms are a major reason why roofs will need immediate attention, as such occurrences as hail, high wind, flying debris, falling branches, and other such debilitating events can put holes in or tear up a perfectly sound roof within moments.
If a homeowner suspects they have existing or potentially imminent problems with the roof, there are many telltale roof damage signs they can look for. There are a variety of different materials used in roofs; depending on the roof’s material, there are different things to look for to determine if damage has occurred or is in the process of deteriorating. It is fine for the homeowner to make a preliminary visual inspection of their roof (safely), bur a more in-depth inspection should be performed by professionals. Roofers know just what to look for, can diagnose problems quickly and safely, and can make recommendations as to what actions the homeowner should take at that point.
When homeowners are interested in enlisting a roofer’s services, they should research a number of potential roofers in their area. Whether a home or business owner has a flat or slated roof, they should check to see the depth of work the potential contractor puts into projects. Whether it be an initial inspection, up to the repair, installation, and maintenance of roofs, customers should look at certain variables relating to the potential roofer.
Some points to consider when looking for a roofer may include, but not be limited to:
- How long they’ve been in business?
- Are they properly licensed and insured?
- Do they have references?
- What their status is with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?
- Do they offer a written guarantee on their work?
- What kind of training and skill levels the workers have?
- Do they offer a written contract?
- Do they clean up the job site continuously as the project progresses?
One factor that many homeowners may not necessarily consider, but is nonetheless very important, is if the roofer assists customers with the insurance company when an insurable event, such as fire, water, or weather damage, comes into the equation. Especially if this is the case, customers should really look for a roofer/contractor that has years of experience in insurance restoration. One who clearly recognizes the needs and demands of the industry and is able to help the customer get through this process quickly and effectively.