Over the past few weeks with the erratic weather changes I have fielded many questions on roofing and roof repair. The recent fluctuation in temperature and precipitation make for ideal conditions to experience roofing system failure. Living in Northeast Ohio, we will never experience ideal weather conditions for our roofs but there are things that should always be kept in mind when considering a repair or roof replacement.
- Research contractors; ask friends and neighbors, search the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. A reputable contractor can make all the difference in having a successful repair or installation.
- When choosing a contractor ask questions; are they registered with the village, do they get all proper permits and inspections, how long have they been in business, how long have they worked in the area.
- Ask about roof ventilation; one of the most common mistakes when roofing is installed or re-installed is that ventilation is not taken into consideration. Ventilation is a key component to a roofing system. If a 30 year old roof that never had ice damage problems suddenly has ice buildup after a new roof was installed, most likely it can be attributed to improper roof ventilation.
- Compare materials from one contractor to the next; two contractors may have the same bottom line number but the materials may not be of the same quality. In roofing, just as in most anything else, you get what you pay for. Quality does matter.
- Warranty: Make sure your prospective contractor explains the terms of the warranty. Saying you have a five year warranty does you no good if it only covers materials and not labor, or if it just covers the shingles and not the ice guard or flashing. Details up front can save you headaches in the future.
Asking a few questions and keeping these few things in mind can make the difference between a roof that will last another 30 years or one that leaks or has ice damage problems six months after installation.