How To Tell If You Need A New Roof

Ways To Tell If You Need A New RoofYour roof covers about one third of the view of your home, so the appearance should be given careful consideration. People often give little thought to their roof unless it causes them a problem Often an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and regular maintenance may help delay the need for more costly roof repair. Your roof should be inspected twice a year and after any major storm.

The easiest place to start is inside. If you have an obvious leak you have an obvious problem. The next most obvious thing to look for is water spots on the ceiling. They often appear as brown rings. Worse, sometimes you will see black spots, which can be mold.

The next place to look is in the attic. Again, look for water spots or mold, which can grow very quickly, often in as little as 2 days. Other signs of leaking are sagging places in the roof, or any place you can see daylight through the roof.

Now to check outside, you will need a ladder. Leaks in your roof are often caused by damaged flashing, which goes around chimneys, vents, or along the line between two angles in the roofing. The tar around the flashing can deteriorate and crack over time, and fresh tar can prevent costly water and mold damage. Check also, for any missing shingles, which should be replaced immediately.

Check your shingles for signs of buckling, bulging, cracking, or curling. The intense sun in Phoenix can be very hard on shingles, but often a roofer can repair these problems without the expense of an entirely new roof.

Sometimes even new homes can run into roofing problems, such as the roofer neglecting to nail an area of the roof or forgetting to seal around a chimney. If you notice any problem, call a reputable roof repair company before more damage is done.

If you have an older roof, the granules may begin to wear off the shingles. They will look like sand in your gutters. This can be a more serious sign that you need a new roof. Other signs that you may need a new roof are, when you see completely bald spots on shingles where the white fiberglass shows through, or if the shingles break when you handle them. The life span of a shingled roof is about 20 years.

There are many choices of roofing material today. Each has a different life expectancy. Here in Phoenix, tile is a common choice. It is beautiful, and said to last a lifetime. If you have a tile roof, it will still need to be inspected for cracked or broken tiles. Don’t attempt to walk around up there or you will break tiles yourself. Broken tiles need to be replaced by a professional roofer.

Wooden shingle roofs, such as cedar or shake are another alternative. They are said to last about 20 years. Some problems to watch for on a wooden shingle roof are insect damage and moss or algae growth. In Phoenix, though, you are more likely to see splitting of dried out shingles.

If you suspect you need a new roof, it’s a good idea to consult a professional Phoenix roofer. They may tell you it can be repaired instead of replaced. If it does need replacing, it’s a very difficult and sometimes dangerous job; so again, a professional is a good choice.

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6069 N. 57th Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85301
Office: 602-635-8650
Fax: 602-595-2704

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Physical Requirements For Phoenix Roofers

Arizona Roof Rescue StorefrontThe time comes for everyone to get a new roof and or to have a roof repaired. An Arizona roof will last for 15 years on average before it becomes necessary to either do repairs or get a complete new roof. Phoenix Arizona roofers understand that there are physical requirements which roofers must adhere to. These requirements include hiring a roofing contractor to get you started. This will ensure that you receive knowledgeable information as well as a quality repair or new roof that you can be proud of.

The way to go about finding the right contractor in Arizona is as easy as asking your family and friends. Keep a list of all prospects. This type of networking enhances your efforts of finding a credible roofer and the added assurance of being provided the pros and cons of what to expect and to look for prior to making a final decision. After gathering a few names proceed to getting quotes and details of what services the quotes provide. Also ask for any warranties or guarantees which come with the job. This information will prove to be priceless in the long run.

A rule of thumb is to hire a roofing contractor who has a well established business and who has been in business for several years. Make sure to get a physical address and phone number which can be accessed in the business pages of a phone book. Take the time to talk about the roofing process and what steps are taken to complete the job. Also inquire as to what time frame you can expect from start to finish. And ask about any incidentals which may increase the pricing.

Insure that the roofer is licensed and insured to do the work and that the company is aware of any building permits and local building codes that may be required. This includes necessary construction inspections during as the job is being performed. Don’t rely on the contractor to be on top of the building codes in being compliant with building regulations. Take the time to know the building codes as the homeowner will be liable for any non-compliance.

AZ Roofer Alan Monzon With His TruckAbove all else get a contract. This is extremely important. The contract should include every single aspect of the project and specify all the details with regard to parts, cost, payment procedures, policies, codes, permits, clean-up process, waste removal and warranties. It should detail the process from beginning to end. Taking the time to select the right contractor at the right price will be well worth the effort and assist in getting the most for this costly investment with the least problems to deal with.

Doing the required legwork and maintaining good records will make getting a roof repaired or a new roof installed a painless process. Finding the right roofing company at the best price is a great deal. Yet nothing feels greater than having the security and peace of mind that comes with the security of having a strong and secure roof overhead.

Published By:

Arizona Roof Rescue
By
6069 N. 57th Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85301
Office: 602-635-8650
Fax: 602-595-2704