Even the most diligent homeowner can be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to roof maintenance. Roofs do their job of protecting us and our belongings day in and day out until one day when they don’t anymore. Granted, most roofs last for decades so it is easy to understand how their care could be overlooked. With all that roofs do to keep us safe and comfortable, it is important to trust their care to a trained professional
Essentially, the roof provides protection. In addition to keeping you and your family warm and dry to the extent it keeps cold and moisture out, it also protects your possessions. Exposure to the elements would damage or destroy much of the contents of our homes. But the roof also protects the house itself from these elements. Without it, moisture, cold, animals and other pests would be able to penetrate the rest of the structure, each capable of causing a different type of damage.
There are all sorts of materials available when it comes to roofing materials. Ceramic or clay tile, copper, shingle and metal are just some of the material choices. Some are more suited to certain climates than others. Certain styles and designs are also better suited to specific types of architecture. For example, a professional roofer would never apply shingles to a flat roof. Since homes can have one or more types of roofs, the possibilities can be quite complex. Roofs can be flat, sloped, skillion, gabled, hipped, arched and domed or any combination of these things. An experienced roofer can help you wade through the materials best suited to your climate and roof design to pick the one that best suits your home and financial budget.
Even if you don’t have any visible signs of damage or a leak, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected periodically, especially if it is more than a few years old. A trained roofer can spot problem areas and signs of wear the untrained eye might not see.
If the roof does need repairs, the roofer can determine how extensive the work needs to be. Whether it needs a simple patch, a new layer of shingles or a complete new roof can only be determined by a thorough examination of the roof. After the inspection, the roofer will prepare a quote that includes the costs of labor and materials as well as providing a time frame for the job. In situations where the old roof must be removed, details pertaining to the disposal and cleanup of the old roof will be included in the quote.
In an effort to save money, some homeowners will attempt to do roofing repairs themselves. The danger here is that if a roofing repair is not done properly, it can aggravate the problem and cost more to repair in the long run. Without the experience to determine how serious a roof may be damaged, the repair may be insufficient to get to the root of the problem and will only mask those symptoms. In the meantime, the damage can increase, costing the homeowner even more later on.
Inexperienced roofers may pick the wrong materials or lack the skill to do the job the well. That inexperience or the lack of proper safety equipment could also lead to injury. Professional roofing contractors will not only have the experience and necessary resources to get the job done, they will do it safely and more quickly than the homeowner can.
Newtown Exteriors knows roofs. They have been repairing and building roofs for years. Their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction makes them the premiere roofing company in the Twin Cities area. Whether you need an inspection or quote, Newtown Exteriors will be there with courteous, well-trained roofers to solve any roofing problem you have.