Your home has layers to help protect it from the environment and to effectively insulate the home. As you can see from the illustration above, the typical roof has several layers – all of which are important to a successful and long-lasting roof. A professional roofer should be expected to speak fluently about each layer and explain the necessity of each.
Your first meeting with a professional roofer
During your initial meeting with a professional roofer, expect to have them visually inspect the roof, measure the roof, expertly discuss particular issues (like insufficient gutters or flashing), and give you an overall expectation of costs and time. Some roofers may not “walk the roof” if they feel that by doing so, they may cause further damage. Some roofers represent a roofing manufacturing company and will only use their products. If this is the case, ask them specific questions about lifetime expectations, costs and performance testing of the materials. If your professional roofer is open to using various brands, question them about their experience of using one product over another. Your initial meeting may last over an hour as there will be many items to discuss. After your meeting, it’s helpful to ask your neighbors and friends about their own roofing experience can help you gain a better understanding about your choices. Hiring a professional roofer who has worked on similar types of home (same age, climate and restrictions) can also be a benefit to you as they will be more knowledgeable about your roof. Be sure to request the following piece of information during your first meeting Roofing Preston:
professional license, registration and bonding
insurance (and the dollar amount of insurance)
references from previous clients
warranties or guarantees on their both their labor and materials
other business credentials such as a BBB rating or professional membership with a local, state or national roofing associations
level of experience, number of years they have been a professional roofer
any specific training they’ve received on the materials they plan on installing. Have them discuss the performance testing on the materials they plan on using.
have them walk you through the scope of the proposed project including the general timeline, what tasks will be performed, the duration of the project, the clean-up process, and what you (the homeowner) will need to do to prepare in advance
what happens when there is unforeseen issues (heavy rain during installation, more damage than they first thought, etc.)
customer service guarantees or follow up procedures
Taking care of your new roof
Taking good care of your roof should be part of your regular home maintenance program. One of the most important things to take care of are your gutters, as clogged or blocked gutters can very quickly deteriorate your roof. Regularly sweeping your roof and clearing debris like branches and leaves will not only keep moss at bay, it will also help keep your gutters clear. After heavy rains or storm, check your roof for any broken shingles or damaged flashing. A note about inspecting your roof: it is never recommended to walk on your roof if your roof is wet or steep. A metal or clay tile roof should never be walked upon unless it is done by a professional roofer. Every year homeowners accidentally fall from their roofs while trying to clean it to use caution when scaling ladders or roofs.