You're watching the latest weather report and realize a serious thunder storm is close by. As the sky turns black, you suddenly have a sinking feeling in your stomach, the roof repair hasn't been done yet and now it's going to rain cats and dogs. You've been putting it off for weeks and now, and it's too late to do anything about it before the storm heading your way hits the area. All you can do now is sit and cross your fingers.
Roof repairs can be rather costly and let's face it; there's nothing fun about spending money that you really can't even see. But all roofing companies will tell you the same thing when it comes to roofing repairs, the small repairs get larger with time. That means more money out of your pocket and you are possibly exposing you and your family to a potentially dangerous situation. Unless you want to eventually deal with mold and mildew, falling ceilings, and/or roof collapse, you need to fix it now!
Finding a reputable firm to repair your roof is just as important as fixing the problem. Many roof repair companies may offer you an inexpensive and quick service, but are they really "fixing" the problem? There are several things to consider when choosing a roof repair company, although, the costs may be more for a reputable firm, many times, they offer warranties on their work and are committed to the job. Make sure you choose a company that has a business license and any other building or roofing license that's required in our area. Then check with the Better Business Bureau and look up their credentials. It's also important to ask the roofing company about the actual workers that will be doing the work on your house. Are they trained and licensed? Many times larger companies will send in a small crews for roofing repairs, perhaps even some that are less experienced or contracted out, make sure you know what you're getting before you sign any proposals or agreements. Make sure there is a warranty on all roofing repairs, including workmanship and materials. A simple manufacturing warranty will not cover a roofing repair that is done improperly or insufficiently.
Roof repairs can often be covered under your homeowner's insurance policy. Prior to contacting any roofing company it's a good idea to contact your insurance agent and explain to them the problem. They can direct you on what your policy offers relating to roof repairs and replacement. No matter if it's coming out of your pocket or theirs, you will want to get several estimates for the repair. In general, estimates and proposals should be similar. If one sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
In most instances, a storm or weather event causes roof damage, however, there are some roofs that are just old and may need to be replaced entirely. Most roofing companies do not specialize in mold and mildew damage, electrical wiring problems, and drywall issues; all associated with roof damage; your best bet in this case is to hire an outside building inspector. The inspector can give you a written report of his findings and point out any areas of concern when he or she is doing the actual inspection. You can ask questions and get answers; the inspector will be able to tell you exactly what you need, be it a roof repair or a roof replacement.
Information provided by: River City Roofing