Knowing Your Roof: Questions for Your Contractor

While your contractor is supposed to inform you of any issues with your roof, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them a few questions. Remember, you can never know too much about your roof. Designer Roofing and Restoration, one of the top roofing companies in the state, suggests you ask them these questions. 

How Long Until You Need a Roof Replacement? 

Knowing when you’ll need a roof replacement can help you prepare a budget in advance. As a general rule, if your roof is more than 20 years old, you’ll likely need to replace your roof soon. 

The number of repairs your roof received in a year can also give you an idea on its remaining lifespan—your roof will need more repairs as it gets older. However, the only way to get an accurate estimate is to ask your contractor. 

Is There Any Way to Extend Its Lifespan? 

If your roof is still in good condition, it’d be a good idea to ask one of your local roofing contractors about the ways you can extend its lifespan. Remember, each type of roof has its weak points, and to extend the lifespan of your roof, you’ll need to make sure these are reinforced. Flashing, strips of metal that cover seams and gaps in your roof, is usually the most vulnerable part of your roof, so it’d be a good idea to keep an eye on these. 

What Should You Do In Case Your Roof is Damaged by an Extreme Weather Event? 

Your roof is bound to suffer some form of damage after an extreme weather event. That’s why you should have a contractor inspect your roof after a storm, but what if you found a hole in your roof? How can you keep the damage from spreading? We recommend covering the hole with a plastic tarp and holding it down with 1×3 wood strips. 

One more thing: avoid attempting DIY repairs—the damage might get worse if you attempt to fix it yourself. Remember, it’s better to leave roof repairs to qualified professionals. 

Designer Roofing and Restoration, a company with an accreditation from the Better Business Bureau®, offers professional roofing services and premium roofing products, including metal roofing panels. To request an estimate, call us at (912) 247-1130 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Savannah, GA, as well as the surrounding communities. 

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