Protecting your biggest investment is important. Good roof, clear guttering system, and high-quality paint. Yes, paint. Of course, a new coat or two of paint can sure freshen up a house, but what it is really doing is protecting your home from the elements. Some home owners put off this vital maintenance for way too long putting their home at a greater risk of damage.

Experience, wealth of knowledge and honesty can make all of the difference when you look to hire a painting contractor. Sure, you could do it yourself, but only an expert can advise on the latest technology and innovations in paint and have the knowledge and expertise on not only what type of paint fits your situation, but application as well.

Choosing a paint contractor is much like hiring any other company to do work on your house. Interview them to make sure they are a good fit for you. Be certain they have liability insurance, so you will feel more at ease in case something happens on your property. Read reviews online, ask friends and relatives for recommendations, and ask the contractors for references.

Get a few estimates before deciding. Resist the urge to go with the lowest bidder. Ask yourself if that person took time to truly inspect your home and if he or she noted anything about problems that may appear once work is started.

Once you have decided on a company to paint your house, make sure you have everything in writing and a guarantee on the work to be done with start and completion dates.

When works starts, be home so that you are able to communicate with them about any issues that come up, or any concerns that you may have. Pull any and all valuables off the walls and remove anything from your yard that may be in the way. Most of all, remember to the crew your home is a work site. Be available for any questions, but do not hinder the work. A good contractor will make you feel like a partner on the project, not a client.

When the job is finished, and the contractor did a great job, tip them. We don’t mean with cash, write them a good review on Google! Remember how you did your homework and read online reviews? Here is your chance to give back.

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Warranties

There are two different categories of warranties when it comes to the roof on your house. The company manufactures will have a material warranty for the shingles that are used. Different products have different warranties, your professional roofing company will be able to provide you with all of this information as you select what shingles you will use. A usual upfront warranty will be between 10 and 15 years. Although defects are very rare, it can happen. Signs of a defect would be things like loss of glandules, or shingles that do not seal down properly. This does not apply to storm damage, that falls to homeowner’s insurance company. 

The defects will usually happen during the early stage of the manufacturer’s warranty period.  If a defect is recognized within the first 10 to 15 years of the installation of the shingles, you may likely end up with a new roof 100% paid for by the shingle manufacturer. If you see any of these signs call a professional roofing company for an inspection. They will advise you on the steps to file a claim with the shingle manufacturer. 

Register Your Roof

Some companies give you the optional share your info so that you have a virtual paper trail of installation information. Most do not require to submit for a warranty, but you will need to provide the invoice and original paperwork to receive a payment. What kind of shingle, when it was put on, and who installed it. When purchasing a house that is not brand new, make your agent aware that you would like the original paperwork, so you are able to make a claim if necessary. Transfers to a new homeowner depends on the company. CertainTeed is one transfer over the life of the roof. Tampico is first 5 years only. Again, consult your professional roofing contractor about this, especially if you are planning on selling the house in the next 10 years. This might be an advantage when you list your house for sale. There is also an extended warranty or a limited lifetime. For example, a 15/30 program is 15 years of full coverage, and deprecated warranty from year 16 to year 30.

Workmanship

Only as good as the company, at Mesler we guarantee our workmanship for 5 years. If something was not done properly, it usually becomes apparent within the first few months, so if you see something that does not look right, call your contractor. Workmanship warranties do transfer between home owners. Important for people to know when buying or selling a house. As we say, “Local Matters”. If you hire a local established quality roofing contractor, they will be around to help you if trouble ever strikes.

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