It’s troubling sometimes for homeowners who see their roofs slightly or severely worn. They may be debating whether a roof will be able to handle a tough winter or a wet spring. In terms of getting a roof inspection done, some might be apprehensive about the additional cost. That said, if you’re worried about a worn roof, it might make sense to consider an inspection by a roofing professional. Before you schedule any though, here are a few things to think about.
The majority of the time, whether a roof needs to be replaced in full or simply repaired depends on its age. How well the installation was done and how a roof has been maintained in the face of weather also plays a role.
Though there are different roofing materials out there, the average life span of a typical residential roof is fifteen years. When it comes to leaks, sometimes a roof leak can be attributed to an individual shingle. Usually, a roof leak can be repaired rather easily if it is caught early and does not require to replace the whole roof. That said, weather is a major factor and whether a roof is being properly maintained by cleaning out the gutters every year also has an influence.
If you still think your roof may need a replacement or that it may be prone to leaking this upcoming season, hire a trusted, experienced roofing company in your area to check it out. Be sure to browse online for options. Consult thoroughly with a roofing contractor prior to committing to any repair or replacement. Ask them about pricing, check out online reviews and see what others’ experiences have been, and ask about any building permits they may need to get. Ensure that the roofing contractor you do hire has workers compensation insurance and general liability insurance.
Should you experience any issues at any point before, during, or after your roofing repair, don’t hesitate to contact the contractor again. They should be willing to come back and take a look. If a contractor is unwilling to offer to come back and correct a mistake that is their own, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or choose to pursue action by contacting your local roofing contractors association.
When it comes to a worn roof, if you have concerns, it’s best to have it inspected just to be safe. There are many roofing contractors who may offer a small fee for an inspection or who may be willing to provide an estimate with no charge.
By having a professional you trust look at it, they should be able to tell you how many more years you can get out of it or how urgent a roof replacement may be. As a homeowner, a roof replacement is not something that can be put off. Ignoring a problem gives it chance to fester and create massive damage across your property. Don’t let it. You’ll be glad you found a fix!