The roof over your head should be the most looked after and maintained portion of your home. There are basically two reasons for this. First, it is the roof that protects you from the harsh elements outside while being subjected to often extreme weather fluctuations. The second reason is that a badly maintained and leaking roof will affect other portions of your home and repairing those areas can be a very costly proposition.
Take for example clogged roof gutters and downpipes, usually the effect of falling leaves and accumulated dirt and grime not cleaned for long. Water will seep over the gutters and stain the walls, affecting the foundation also. Scraping off the plaster from the walls and having it done again can cost you a pretty packet. Instead, having your roof periodically checked and maintained by roofing experts can result in long term savings in major repairs.
Roofing experts for your roof repair and maintenance have to be chosen with care. It is not every day that you will have your roofing changed or replaced. Hence, it is advisable that you follow a few simple steps before signing on the dotted line and finalising an expert service for home roofing.
- Make an in-depth online research on the roofing contractors in your area. Browse their websites and see the list of previous clients and go through the testimonials. When you have shortlisted a few of them, contact them, explain the problem and call for quotations. Almost all of them will first inspect your roof before finalising the expenses. It is quite possible that at this stage they will recommend preventive measures not connected with roofing per se. For example, if there is a tree that sheds leaves on your roof and blocks the gutters you might be advised to remove the tree. In such cases, take professional help. If you are in the State of Victoria, you should avail professional Melbourne tree stump removal services instead of trying to do it yourself. The tree might fall on your house and further damage it. Call in Daryl’s Tree Care & Surgery as they are undoubtedly the best arborist agency in this field offering services to the residents of Melbourne and its suburbs.
- Confirm that the selected contractor is fully insured, bonded and licensed. Check for referrals from their previous clients to verify this aspect.
- Check the inclusions offered in the quote. These include factoring in wind resistance into shingle selection as the life span of the roof will depend on this and that the entire project has been covered without any add-ons – right ventilation to prevent water build up and to maintain stable attic temperatures.
- The contractor should provide protective barriers between the shingles and the raw wood so that an additional shield is created from ice and water.
Finally, opting for the lowest quote is not a good idea always. What matters is the inclusions being offered and how important they are in increasing the life span of your house.