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A New Roof

When it comes to food and fuel, prices, they're going through the roof. But what about the roof itself? In the long run, an old roof may cost you more money than a new roof if you have to keep patching it up or if you let the repairs go unchecked.

Many people think they actually saving money by cutting back on home improvements. This may be okay in some situations, but putting off a roofing project is not a good idea, especially if the roof needs to be replaced and bad weather is approaching. In addition, most companies that do roofing, also specialize in siding for your home. Doing both at the same time saves you time and money. If you're looking for something that will last for years and require less maintenance, consider using cement board siding such as James Hardie Siding rather than vinyl.

Water leaks can destroy both the interior and exterior of a home very quickly. Water destroys the wood beams that hold the roof together and the drywall in the ceilings and the interior walls. It also destroys pipes and electrical wiring, which may cause a fire, and do damage to the integrity of the structure, which may include damage to the foundation.

Sometimes you can't see water damage until it is too late or the tell tale signs may be small. Brown water spots may appear on your ceiling over time but just because the spots are small doesn't mean that the leak is insignificant because it may be pooling in the attic or behind a wall. If there is damage to the roof, water will find a way to enter your home.

  • Make sure the contractor is licensed by contacting your states contractor's licensing board. They will let you know if his or her license is in good standing and if there are any complaints filed against them.
  • Ask for references. Don't be afraid to talk to a contractors other clients and to ask about his or her job performance.
  • Ask to see the contractor's work. Go by his other jobs and take a look.
  • Get at least three (3) estimates in writing.
  • Never pay for the entire job up front. If a contractor insists he get paid everything up front, you should be wary about his intentions.
Today, many people are doing repairs and making home improvements themselves, but putting on a new roof is a project that they may not want to tackle. This may call for the services of a roofing contractor. If you hire a contractor, there are some things you should do to make sure you don't get ripped off.

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