Repairing your roof without destroying your budget
It's something that most homeowners dread – the realization that you need roof repairs. Not only is it an expensive process, it's one that can be filled with danger. So, what's the best way to get your roof repaired and ensure that you're getting quality work? Know what you're getting into.
What are the signs that you might need a new roof?
- Many people have to replace their roof every 10 to 25 years.
- Inspect your roof from inside your home. Black spots on the ceiling could indicate that there's a leak.
- You might notice damage from the outside, as well. However, many experts recommend that you don't go up there to check it out yourself. Instead, hire a contractor to take a look.
You'll have to decide whether you want to do try a DIY home improvement or hire a contractor. It's important to remember that the repairs must be done properly; if not, the damage will spread to other parts of the roof and into your home. Evaluate your skills and see if you have enough experience to get the job done right. If you do a poor job, you'll end up having to a hire a contractor anyway.
It's also important to remember that the type of repair required will vary depending on the type of roof you have, whether it's a flat roof, metal roof, tile roof, rubber roof or a slate roof. Make sure you know the repair specifications for the type you're dealing with.
How to stay safe when repairing your roof:
- Wear shoes that have good traction.
- Ensure that your tools are secure and won't fall off the roof. Try using a tool belt.
- Be mindful of power lines.
- Use safety ropes.
- Make sure the roof is dry.
- If your roof has been damaged in extreme weather, it's important to hold off inspecting the damage until the weather has settled.
It's important to remember that even if you hire a contractor, you still have a role to play in ensuring you get proper repair work. There are a lot of scam artists out there.
Things to consider when hiring a contractor:
- Call around to find the best rates.
- How much does the inspection cost?
- Does the repair work come with any type of warranty?
- Inquire about the worker's compensation plan. You want to ensure that you wouldn't be liable for accidents that might occur during the repair process.
- How experienced is the company / contractor?
- What types of buildings do they have experience repairing?
- Ask for references.
Things to look for in your contract:
- A work schedule
- Details of the payment plan
- Proof that the materials to be used meet national regulations
- Precise details about what will be fixed and what will not be included
- Details about the warranty
Roof repair is an inevitable part of being a home owner. Do your research and make sure you take the approach that best fits the type of roof you have, as well as your schedule and your budget.