Not everyone can tell whether or not they need a new roof, but the age of the roof that is currently on the building could be a pretty good indicator of that need. If the roof was properly installed, then the average life expectancy of it will be anywhere from fifteen to twenty years or even possibly more.
If you are having water leaks inside your home, this may not be an indication that you need to replace your entire roof. The leak could be due to a small part of the roof having a hole in it, an area where the roofing was poorly installed, or possibly around areas such as skylights or chimneys.
Whether your roof is made of tile, metal, shingles, or otherwise, the best way to take care of your roof and prolong its life is to simply stay off of it. Cleaning off the roof is necessary after storms and during autumn when leaves are falling on it, but you should limit the amount of time you spend actually walking around on it.
Clearing out your rain gutters of debris is also essential to prevent water damage; a clogged gutter can possibly lead to water flowing back onto the eaves of the home and cause water damage according to Damage Control 911.
In most cases, the local government will not prohibit you from doing your own roofing work on your home. Knowing how to do it is the tricky part, though, and hiring a licensed contractor is preferred. Not all good roofing contractors are licensed, however, but hire one at your own risk.
If you do consider hiring a non-licensed contractor, check your local laws and find out if this is legal, because it is not in some places. Be careful and get plenty of references, though, on any contractor that you hire. Even if they are licensed, they may still do a bad job.
When a contract is presented and you are told to sign, do not do so until you completely understand the terms of it. No matter whom you choose to hire, do not pay cash and keep a record of every payment that you make. Do not allow the payments you give your contractor to get ahead of the work that he or she is doing.
A building permit may also be required by your local building department and your contractor is responsible for obtaining any permits necessary. Also make sure he or she carries workman’s compensation insurance for any employees brought to the site and they are also required to tell you if they have general liability insurance.
Get copies of these insurance policies so that you have them in case of an incident.