If you need your roof inspected or repaired, you’ll probably want to hire a contractor to do the job. After all, this isn’t the easiest do-it-yourself home improvement project.

 

Check for Leaks When It’s Dry Out

While it may sound strange, one of the best times to check for leaks is when it’s completely dry out. Keep an eye out for things like mold in corners, unusually dark ceiling tiles, and damp insulation. You can use these things to guide you to the spot the leak is coming from.

Prevent Icy Build-Ups

In the winter months, be sure your roof is equipped with ice and rain shields. Also, make sure it has proper ventilation. Your home is heated by the wall line and this is where ice tends to build up. It is the build-up of this ice that can cause interior leaks.

Don’t Pay in Advance

Don’t pay until the roofer finishes the work. While you might have to pay a small deposit, it shouldn’t exceed 25% of the project’s full price, or the base cost of just the materials. Never pay for labor in advance. Make sure you always look at completed work, then get copies of all important paperwork before you pay the roofer.

Fix or Replace?

Sometimes it can be hard to determine if you just need your roof fixed or if it needs to be replaced. This decision is usually made when you have a leak, storm damage or your roof is at least 15 years old. Have your roof inspected by your insurer and trust in their diagnosis.