You probably don’t give your roof much thought, although it’s one of the most important features of your home, and will hopefully last many years. Regular maintenance is essential, and if you do need your roof replacing, professional and thorough roof installation is a must. However, finding a reliable roofing company isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
One of the best places to start is with your neighbors or family, who may have had a roof installed recently. You can also check with your local Better Business Bureau and of course, it’s also easier than ever to look at reviews and comments posted online from previous customers. If possible, talk to someone who has used a particular roofing company; verify whether they are satisfied with the finished work, and the overall way in which the work was carried out.
Of course, any roofer working on putting a new roof on your home or checking your existing one for any issues should be properly licensed and insured, and it’s acceptable to ask to see verification of this. Your new roof should come with a warranty and you should also expect an easy to understand written estimate of costs before any work is carried out. If you feel you have found a reliable and experienced contractor to handle your new roof installation, it’s a good idea to meet with them to go over all of this and to ask any questions you might have.
Most homeowners understand why it’s so important to keep their roof in good condition and carry out regular inspections. Most experts recommend you have your roof inspected every five years if it’s a tiled roof; once every three years for an asphalt, composite or wooden roof. And of course, it also depends on the overall condition of your roof as well as its age. If your roof is showing its age, or small problems are starting to appear, then more regular preventative maintenance can prolong its life and perhaps avoid costly repairs.
It’s important to keep your roof in good condition and replace it as needed for several reasons. Your roof helps to protect your family from the elements, as well as protecting your home and its contents. Even small leaks in a roof can lead to leaking or dripping water which can potentially damage the contents and furnishings inside your home. Water dripping down the outside of your home can be just as damaging; not only is it unsightly, but it can cause the foundations of your home to weaken over time. Water leaking from your roof can lead to problems with mold and mildew, which can be unpleasant and unhealthy, and holes or cracks in your roof can allow various pests to enter your home, such as rats, squirrels, and wasps.
Nobody likes to pay to have a new roof installed on their home, but it’s definitely worth paying a reputable company, like Western Roofing Systems, to do a good job, and to use the best quality materials you can afford.