How to Save Time and Money on Roofing Costs

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Aside from your home’s foundation, the roof is perhaps one the most important components of your home, and one that is often neglected by homeowners. While modern roofing practices and technological advances have drastically increased the longevity of roofs, it is still important for homeowners to practice preventative maintenance in order to reduce roofing costs, and to ensure they are getting the most out of their roof.

Unfortunately, many homeowners fear the high price of roofing repairs. However, it’s important to note that high roofing prices are typically the result of negligence or damaged incurred during a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. Though high quality roofing and siding materials reduce the normal wear and tear and damage, it is still important for homeowners to periodically inspect the integrity of their roof.

Also, modern roofing practices differ drastically from the old days. Higher quality materials and installation practices are often guaranteed by the manufacturer when properly installed by a qualified roofing company or contractor. As such, it’s important to find a roofer who is experienced in modern roofing installation practices, as to minimize the chances of the manufacturer’s warranty becoming null and void due to improper installation. Check local listings and read customer testimonials and reviews. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau, and find out if your roofing company or contractor has any professional certifications. Be sure to ask questions or express any concerns.

As a homeowner, there are several things you can due to maintain your roof’s performance. Late fall is the perfect time to inspect your roof before winter. Be sure to keep gutters clear of leaves and other debris, and remover any overhanging tree limbs. These pose a hazard to your roof, as they can cause extensive damage if they fall, and can wear down shingles’ protective coating over time. Also, be sure to look in your attic as well. Leaks take quite some time to appear, and when they do, extensive damage has already been done. It’s best to catch these issues early in order to save time and money.

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