When it comes time to do repair work on your Saint Marys roof, you have two options. You can either call a roofing contractor to do the work for you or you can do the repairs on your own.
A common problem with roofing repairs is that people tend to ignore them. Of course, if you are ignoring a problem, you don’t have to deal with it at all. However, as with most household problems, the longer you let them go, the more severe they become. If you have a leak in your home or see water damage on the ceiling, it’s time to do something about it now. You don’t want to wait until the leak gets worse or until the whole ceiling is damaged. However, this is what most people do.
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Now that you know that you must tackle this job, you need to see where the problem actually is coming from. If you are going to try to tackle this job on your own, then it’s time to do some investigating. The roof cavity is the best place to start. Check for signs of a leak, water stains, mold or moisture damage. Oftentimes, this may be in an attic area or around a chimney.
Roofing professionals are called professionals for a very good reason. They are skilled at their given profession, which in this case would be roofing. They know what needs to be done to fix a roof properly and they also have the tools and equipment to do the work. Also, a professional roofer is used to working on roofs. Their chances of falling and hurting themselves are much less than if you attempt to try it. There are many accidents each year by people who are not in good health attempting to climb on roofs to do the job themselves.
When choosing a professional, however, don’t be too hasty in making your decision. As in any profession, there are going to be variations on roofing companies. While some will be more expensive, some will cost less, but this doesn’t mean that they are going to do a good job. On the other hand, you must use good discretion and ask questions to make sure you are getting what you pay for.
A professional roofer should come to your property and take a look before giving you an estimate. Once the estimate is done, you should receive a copy of an invoice that lists each cost separately. This is important for when you compare various contractors. You want to make sure that the estimates you are receiving are for the same work and materials.
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What is true when considering roof repair cost? Should you hire one roof repair company over another simply because the cost is less? Is it better to get estimates from 2 or three or ten contractors? How do you know who to trust. Big companies or smaller local companies? And most important, do you need a roof repair or will the damage cost much more than a fast in-and-out repair and lead to major renovations?
Unfortunately most home owners opt for the lowest price. Does this work? Yes, sometimes. You can receive some excellent service from small local roofing businesses. You can also receive excellent service from some of the big hitters, you know - the roofing companies that have been around for 80 years or more.
But true cost is not about age or size - it is about quality service, dedication, proven track record, excellent referrals (word of mouth goes a very long way), and finally the ability of the roof repair company to understand WHY your roof needs a repair in the first place!
Getting confused yet?
Roof repair cost is also another consideration. You may get 5 different repair cost prices. One for $500, another for$1200, and another for $3200. Now what? As earlier mentioned, most of us go for the lowest price.
Let's see this scenario from YOUR point of view, or possible point of view: You notice some water stains on your bedroom ceiling. Great. A leak! That's all you need, right? So you go through the tedious task of going online (or perhaps you are one of the few remaining people still using that big, heavy, yellow book) and you make some phone calls and try your best to get someone to your house to tell you why you have stains on your bedroom ceiling.
Fine. You did your job as a home owner with a roof leak. Congratulate yourself.
But it ain't over until the fat lady sings... you want 100% trustworthy service, no-nonsense, and you truly WANT to be able to trust the roof repair company you hire. Oh, pardon me - at a competitive price, to boot!
Fantastic! You are well on your way!
One thing though... most roofing companies do not have the time to travel to your house (often across the entire city), pay for the gas, the one or two guys sitting in the work truck driving to your house, the time to speak with you, to look in your bedroom, to check your roof, to check your attic, to check all the possible areas of your roof that MAY have caused the leak that stains your bedroom ceiling, AND to write up a report about all this FOR FREE!!!!!
Bottom line - if you really want to get excellent service, top-notch roof repair, fast and reliable service, you need to pay for it. If a roof repair business charges money to inspect problems on your roof so you can have your roof repair handled right, pay the cost of the initial visit to your home.
Think of it this way: A lessor roof repair company will not have the confidence to charge an upfront cost to visit your home because they do not value their time enough. And you will pay the cost anyway, one way or the other. Guaranteed. Be smart and don't short-change yourself. Pay for quality.
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Common residential roofing materials are asphalt shingles, tile made of several different materials, and varieties of metal. Each group has choices of material, color, and style, and each kind of roofing will vary in cost, length of service, and the amount of regular maintenance required. This article will give you some information on the three best all around residential roofing materials.
Residential Asphalt Roofing Material
Asphalt is used to make both paper and fiberglass shingles weatherproof and durable. Asphalt shingles are coated with ceramic granules to make them more resistant to the effects of sunlight and in some cases to retard the growth of algae on the roof. These granules also make a choice of color possible. With an asphalt roof, proper installation and sealing is very important; if there are any leaks in the nail holes or the flashing, the roof will not last as long as it should.
Tile Roofing Material
Another popular roofing type is tile, and the material may be clay, concrete, or slate. These roofs are very classy, are often found on older homes, and are used on upscale new construction. The styles include traditional red Spanish tiles, slightly more rugged and often multicolored Mission tiles, elegant French and European tiling, and slate tiles which resemble shingles but are usually more irregular in shape.
Tile is another familiar type of roof, especially in dry, southwestern areas of the United States and the Mediterranean area of Europe. Many fine European city houses have elegant tile roofs, as well. Clay is used for the traditional red Spanish tiles and the rougher and often multi-colored Mission style tiles. Concrete tiles are also very traditional, as is slate. Many historic restorations and upscale new homes have tile for the elegant look it gives to a building. Tile is good for hot areas, since it does not disintegrate under UV rays.
Metal Roofing Material
The next category is metal roofing, which costs about the same as cedar shakes or tile, but has almost no maintenance costs over its very long life span. Thirty to fifty year warranties are given on many types of metal roofs. The traditional ridged or ribbed metal roofs are still fashionable, but today a metal roof can look like any other popular material. The facsimiles of shingles, shakes, tiles, or slates come in every imaginable color and have factory-baked paint that will never need to be replaced.
Metal roofs are very durable, especially when made with the new, factory-painted materials used in even the most elegant houses. Copper, of course, is still used by those who want a non-corroding roof and do not have to worry about the cost. But other metals are now finished to last for fifty years and more, without ever needing to be repainted.
When assessing common roofing materials, think of both the short and long term investment picture, as well as the effect of the finished roof on the beauty of your home. I'm sure you have more questions about green roofing, roll roofing and how to select a contractor. Check out the links below for additional helpful free resources.