5 Common Roofing Problems:
Keeping the cover on your home safe is important to avoiding later costs. Water leaks, moisture build up and small animals can all pose a significant threat and cause problems for all types of roofs.
A clean, undamaged roof can prevent major home repairs and make the house more pleasing to see.
· Soffit: Small animals and insects are attracted to the wood beneath the roof overhang. Pay close attention to cracks, holes and rotting.
· Gutter: Gutters are susceptible to water damage and ice damming.
· Flashing: The material around pipes, vents, or other protrusions is a prime spot for damage or water leaks.
· Fascia: The front board along your roof line is easily damaged by moisture.
· Shingles: Discolored or curling shingles can be a sign that repairs will be needed soon.
Contracts can differ from one roofing contractor to another. The key is to know everything you are signing.
The contract should include:
· Payment terms
· Start date/Expected end date
· Job description
· Materials to be used, with manufacturer’s name and length of warranty
· Provisions for charge orders or extras
Angie’s List Tips to Prevent Rotten Roofing Work:
· Check if the company is licensed. The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies report that 21 states require roofers to be licensed or registered, but the state of Missouri is not one of those states. Some municipalities may have requirements so homeowner should check with local agencies before hiring.
· Get multiple bids.
· Go check out the past jobs of three former clients.
· Asking for references from suppliers or running a credit check can also help you determine if a company is solvent.
· Ask for proof or workers’ compensation and liability insurance. The company should be able to show you the certificates. If a contractor doesn’t have insurance, the homeowner is taking some of the liability if a worker becomes injured on the job site.
· Be wary of storm chasers, or contractors who flock to an area that’s been hit by bad weather. Some out-of-town companies are legit, but be cautious and make sure they are operating under appropriate local licensing and permitting laws. If you prefer a local contractor, but demand is high, many roofers will perform provisional repairs to tide you over.
· Before buying a home, always have the roof inspected.
· Never make large payments upfront. Don’t rush into making a decision.