• Common Roofing Problems Homeowners Face
    Roofing

    Common Roofing Problems Homeowners Face

    Roof repairs and replacements are expensive, finding and fixing problems early on can save you from having to replace your roof sooner than you would like.  Inspecting your roof regularly, at least once a year can help you find early problems before they become big one.  Here are some of the more common roofing problems homeowners face and how to fix them.

     Poor Maintenance

    This is one of the most common problems with residential roofs, poor maintenance is one of the causes or other roofing problems like leaks and pools of water.  You need to start with a properly installed roof installed by a professional roofing contractor.   Regular maintenance is your responsibility as a homeowner.  You can inspect your roof annually but if you don’t know what to look for then get a contractor to come in once a year and perform an inspection.  Here is what to look for if you are doing your own inspections.

    Roof Leaks or Moisture Damage

    Ask any roofer and they will tell you that most of the roofing problems come about as a result of leaks or moisture damage.  When you have heavy rains or excess snow in the winter time, or even a fierce hail storm it leads to moisture accumulating in or on your roof.  If it is left then overtime you end up with a leak.  It can also affect the structure of your roof and that can affect the safety and structure of your home.

    Pooling Water

    If your home has a flat roof then pooled water can be a huge problem.  If your roof is well constructed or maintained you shouldn’t have water gathering anywhere.  Older roofs of poorly maintained ones will have pools of water in the spring when the snow melts and during heavy rain.  This increases the chances of you having a leak and structural damage.

    Shrinking and Cracking

    When your roof expands and contracts you can end up with blisters and surface erosion.  It tends to start out fairly small and homeowners often ignore it until it gets bigger and becomes a problem.  Shrinkage happens when you have uneven contraction on your roofing layers and that can affect the flashing underneath and your roofing structure.

    These are the most common roofing issues that a homeowner will face, most of them can be avoided with regular maintenance and inspections.  Catch roofing problems before they turn into leaks and leave you with no choice but to replace your roof.

  • Finding the Right Home Improvement Contractor for the Job
    Home Improvement

    Finding the Right Home Improvement Contractor for the Job

    Are you thinking about renovating your home? I am sure that you would like to have the project finished on time, on budget and also have the best quality output possible, just the way that you imagined your home would look like. A good contractor can be the thin line between achieving this or failing to. Many homeowners tell of how their homes cost them twice what they had budgeted or how they were left with leaking plumbing pipes when the contractor was done. Here is what to look out for to avoid landing on such a contractor.

    1. Get a contractor who specializes in the job that you would like to be done

    Nowadays, building contractors are very specialized. There are those that specialize in electrical works or plumbing works; others are experts at laying tiles while others are just general contractors. As a homeowner requiring renovation works, you might be looking to have just a part of your home changed. Make sure that the contractor that you choose has the expertise specifically for that area. You do not want to hire an electrical subcontractor to replace your kitchen cabinets. For more general jobs, hire a general contractor who can, in turn, get subcontractors for the specialist works.

    2. Make sure that the contractor is duly registered and licensed

    Working with a quack can be one of the biggest mistakes that you make. You will not only be in trouble with the law but also run the risk of losing money, time and having shoddy work done. Ask the contractor for their up-to-date licenses and registration certificates to make sure that they are registered. You can also confirm the registration with your local body responsible for contractor registration.

    3. Check the reviews and references

    As with any other business, a good contractor should have glowing reviews from customers that they have served before. Read the online reviews for your prospective contractor, you can check Angie’s List or Yelp and take note of what is said. Also, call up the references that the contractors give you as they bid for the job.

    4. Phase your payments

    Never pay a contractor all the money upfront. This is a recipe for disaster as they could abandon the project before it is done or even do a shoddy job. Phase the payments in a way that you will pay for only the much that has already been done. Ask the contractor to rectify any parts of the job that you feel are not well done before you can pay him/her the amount due.

    Follow the above simple guidelines to ensure that you get the best contractor for the job. A good contractor will make sure that the project is completed on time, within the agreed budget and will also give you a good quality finished product.