For protection, make sure your roof is in tip-top shape
Summer storms were a reminder to make certain your roof is well-equipped to help provide protection from Mother Nature. Considering a roof replacement? Follow these tips for outstanding performance, increased curb appeal and enhanced comfort for your family.
Check the warning signs
One of the best ways to stay in front of a roof replacement is to look for small annoyances that could eventually turn into big problems. Do a thorough investigation, but remember to practice ladder safety. Look for discoloration, cracking, uneven surfaces, curled and missing shingles and stains on the under-side of the roof deck when viewed from the attic and excessive amounts of granules in the gutter, which fall from shingles and expose the asphalt underneath. If any warning signs are evident, it’s time to get in touch with a contractor to assess your roof’s condition and discuss replacement.
Select your contractor wisely
Finding a skilled and reputable professional who will be able to guide you through the roof replacement process from start to finish is key. It may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Begin by looking for preferred contractors on roofing manufacturers’ websites. Ask trusted friends and neighbors for recommendations. Then, obtain quotes from multiple contractors and ask for references. Insist on someone who is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, holds at least $1 million in general liability insurance and carries all required state and local licensing. The best contractor for the job will be specifically certified to install the roofing components you’ve selected and possess both a dedication to outstanding craftsmanship and knowledge of the latest industry standards and technologies.
Plan for the future
Replacing a roof can be a significant investment, so make sure it’s protected with a strong warranty. If you’ve installed a roofing system, ask your contractor about adding on a warranty that covers the system of components. In fact, Owens Corning Roofing now offers multiple system warranties through its Preferred or Platinum Preferred Contractor network. Some of these system warranties also include contractor workmanship coverage. Be sure you review and understand the details, limitations and requirements of the warranty before your roof is installed.
Don’t hesitate to insulate
While your roof is being replaced, consider adding another layer of protection to the top of your home. Ask your contractor to assess your insulation levels when he’s in the attic inspecting the underside of your roof. When installed in an attic, loosefill insulation contributes to energy savings and helps control interior temperatures for a comfortable living environment. This could be a DIY project, but many contractors are specifically certified to install insulation — making it an easy add-on to your roofing project.
With the protection of your home and family at stake, don’t wait until it’s too late to address roofing issues. For more information, visit www.OwensCorning.com.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.