During the construction or major renovation of a home, it is always a relief for the builder to “get the house under roof.” The reason for this is simple. Without a good roof, anything and everything in your house slowly gets ruined. The value of your house goes steadily down, and problems due to even local water damage get worse and worse. It is imperative to keep the roof in good shape. That is why it is important to know your roof.

Age of Roof

It is important to know what kind of roof your house has, what type of roofing material is on the house, and the approximate age and condition of the roof.  Of course any leaks should be fixed as soon as possible. It is also very important to know where your roof is in its service life so that you can budget for the major expense of replacement. The roof might need to be replaced soon, in a few years, or in 15 years.

Flat or Shingled

Besides age and condition, find out if you house has a flat roof, or a shingle roof. Also, try put a name on the materials that are used as a roof covering. For flat types, there are hot tar applied roofs, and sheet goods that come in rolls that are laid out and seamed. Shingle roofs which have a much greater pitch that flat roofs, can be covered with slate, asphalt, fiberglas or shingles of other materials. Different roofing materials have different service lives and different maintenance schedules. The short story is, your roof, gutters, and downspouts should be inspected once a year, or whenever there are leaks, overflows, or apparent damage due to things such as ice or tree branches.

The More You Know, The Better

Not too many people consider roofing a fun leisure activity, even die hard DiYers.  Some knowledge about your roof will add to peace of mind and help protect you from aggravation and wasting money when it comes time to call a roofer. Everyone needs to call a roofer, at some point, even builders.

Take the time to find a good roofer, as good as you can afford. You have to live with his or her work for a long time. Use due diligence, search the web, ask your neighbors, talk to roofers your see working in your area, talk to other contractors that have worked for you. Good roofers are hard to find, especially cut rate ones. In roofing, you definitely get what you pay for.

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