I have been in my home about a year, and I can honestly say I have NEVER been up on
my roof. I think there are many people out there who are just like me.
Your job, family, cleaning, yard work or whatever it may be, consumes
your day-to-day activities and leaves little time to think about other things.
Just for a second, let's pretend that I did have time to go up and
inspect my roof…I wouldn't even know what to look for! Besides
there being a gigantic hole or an entire sheet of shingles missing, it
is safe to say I would get up there, look around, and say, "Yep!
Looks like a roof!" I would assume everything is fine. So, what do
you look for? And, when it's time to call a roofer, how do you know
you are getting a good roofer?
I reached out to
Scott Feller, from
Feller Roofing in Austin, Texas, to get a little insight into world of roofs. Scott,
who has been in the roofing industry for over 20 years, said, "It
is a good idea to get your roof inspected after any major weather event,
especially after a hail storm or heavy winds. A reputable roofer will
inspect it for free and tell you whether or not you should contact your
However, before you reach out to a roofer, there are some things that you
can look for! Damage can almost never be seen from the ground. Scott did
say, "you can check your down-spouts and look for shingle grit on
the ground where the gutters outlet." That is one sign that you will
need to get your roof inspected. He went on to explain, "Once you
are on the roof, look for spots where shingle grit has been knocked off,
look for missing shingles, and shiny spots where fiberglass mat is showing
through." Some other items that you can look for are water stains,
exposed nails, shingles that are curling, and mildew. The general consensus
is to look for major wear and tear!
When calling a roofing company do your homework first! Scott pointed out
that, "If you are looking for a roofer, make sure they are in great
standings with the
BBB (Better Business Bureau), check to be sure that they have insurance, and
look to see if they have a major manufacturer endorsement. We are Master
Elite Contractors, certified by GAF – and these are the types of
endorsements you should look for!" So what is a major Red Flag when
hiring a roofer? Scott said, "Don't
ever let a roofer tell you that they can pay your deductible! That is a major
felony!" There are plenty of companies out there, like
TC Referrals, which you can utilize to be sure that you are hiring an honest, reputable roofer.
The best tip he can leave you with is, "All roofs are not created
equal! People have a tendency to only look at price, but the components
of your roof are important - in addition to the shingles chosen. A chain
is only as strong as its weakest link, and we see lots of weak components
installed by "cheap" roofers. A great roof with a great warranty
only costs about 10% more." A good roof with a great warranty should
last you 25-50 years. Don't base your new roof off of price, because
it could end up costing you more down the line.
Have you ever had to replace a roof? What did you look for? Tell us in
the comments section below!