10 THINGS YOUR ROOF IS TRYING TO TELL YOU

10 THINGS YOUR ROOF IS TRYING TO TELL YOU Your roof may be trying to tell you something. A roof in need of attention (repair or replacement) will show multiple warning signs that should never be ignored. Many homeowners assume that if their roof isn’t leaking it’s in good shape, but this just isn’t the case. There are many different warning signs that roofs show before damage is noticed. Here’s a list of the 10 most common warning signs to look for that could save you a lot of money in the long run. WATER SPOTS ON CEILING Water stains on the ceiling after a rainstorm is usually an obvious sign that there’s a problem with your roof. Roof leaks are caused by a number of different things and can be tricky to pinpoint. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak because it may have migrated from its original opening. If you do spot a leak, call a professional company to come out and do a roof inspection. After a thorough inspection a contractor should be able to tell you where the leak is coming from and what needs to be done to stop it. WATER SPOTS ON EXTERIOR WALLS Water spots on exterior walls can be an indication that the flashing is rusted, loose or possibly damaged. Replacing flashing can be a difficult job because it is caulked to both the roof and siding. This type of repair should always be done by a professional to ensure the leak is fixed and there won’t be any more issues. GUTTERS FILLED WITH SHINGLE GRANULES...

8 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Replacing a roof can be an overwhelming process for many homeowners. There are so many contractors and material choices available and all of them claim to be the best. So how do you know who to choose or what to look for? The first step with any re-roofing process is selecting the right contractor. Below are eight tips of what to look for and what to avoid when looking to get bids. LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED When looking for a contractor, always make sure they are not only locally owned and operated but have also been around for more than a few years. There are many “traveling roofing contractors” that move from state to state to work recent storms. These contractors will be out of state as fast as they came in, leaving homeowners high and dry when issues come up down the line. To avoid having this issue, avoid out of state license plates and always do your research. LICENSED & INSURED Make sure your contractor is licensed and has liability and workers’ compensation insurance. This will keep you from being liable for any injuries to workers or others on your property, including damages to your personal property. Always ask that your contractor provide proof of this insurance to protect yourself and your property. WARRANTIES & LIEN WAIVERS A reputable contractor will provide warranties covering both materials and workmanship. Companies that are certified with a material manufacturer can usually provide a better warranty that is also backed up by that manufacturer. A reputable contractor will also provide you with a lien waiver once a job is paid in full. Under Missouri...