Projects - Tips For Keeping Your Roof In Tip-Top Shape

Are you experiencing problems with your roof? Are you starting to lose hope with its fix? This article is for you! These tips will teach you how to properly maintain your roof and to make it last.


  1. Wet conditions are the enemy of safe and effective roof work. Wet roofs greatly increase the chances of accidents caused by slips and falls. Especially if you are all alone on a project, only do work on dry, sunny days.


  1. You should choose materials used for your roof in relation of the weather. Clay roofing is a great material if the area that you live in has a dry climate; it can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house. Clay tiles should not be used in wet climates, as they will deteriorate much quicker than other materials would. Ask an expert for advice.


  1. Rubber soled shoes are a must when you get up on your roof. Even if it’s dry and sunny out, you need this type of footwear to maintain a good grip. Any kind of roofing repair is going to put you in a dangerous situation.


  1. Always be sure that you’re not paying for the whole project before it’s all done. A downpayment of about 25% is all that should be needed to get them started on the job. You don’t want to get stuck with a job that isn’t finished properly, or one that didn’t take as long as expected.


  1. When it comes to hiring a roofer, they must have insurance. If you hire a roofer that is not insured, you will be financially responsible if there is any property damage. Ask if the roofer has insurance in place, and make sure you see written documentation that it is current and sufficient in amount.


  1. Ask about the warranties that you can get for the work done. You may find one company to have a better warranty than others. Also, be sure the estimate is written out and includes documentation of the warranty. That way, there cannot be any disagreement about the terms later on.


  1. It can sometimes be difficult to locate a leak in your roof. It’s only a matter of time before you find it through the process of elimination and using a water hose may help in combination with a buddy-system. If your home is large, communicate with cell phones to prevent unnecessary large amounts of water from getting into your home.


  1. You can check a possible roof leak with a water hose. This will not only help you determine whether or not there is a leak, but also where that leak is located.


  1. All reputable contractors should be licensed and insured and be happy to show you proof of both. If they’re not able to do this, then they should not be hired no matter what. Without this protection, you have no way to recoup your costs in the event of damages or faulty installation.


A damaged roof is a very serious problem. Fortunately, now that you have read this article, you have some resources at your disposal. Though it’s not pleasant, roof damage can be easily repaired, especially if tackled early.


Use the techniques referenced here for the best results or if you live in the Central Florida area, consider using Engelmeier Roofing—an insured and experienced roofing contractor serving residential and commercial roofs since 1959. Check out their website here.