Finding an experienced, trustworthy roofing contractor may sound stressful. Remembering all the important questions you should ask before you hire anyone seems downright overwhelming. Here’s a short list of things to ask your roofer – If they answer “NO” to any of these questions, you may be taking too much of a risk:

1. Are they licensed & insured? Working with an uninsured roofer will end up being costly for you because you might be liable for injuries their crew sustains while they work on your property.
2. Do they have any certifications? Certified roofers often carry higher quality and premium roofing materials along with more robust roofing warranties. Look for roofers whose crews are manufacturer-certified and who participate in training and certification programs regularly.
3. Quality of Materials? High-quality materials are essential. Cheap will be expensive in the long run. Installing a new roof should be seen as an investment. A good roofing contractor doesn’t cut corners with the materials that are used in the roofing project.

4. Are they local? A local roofing company has a proven reputation in your community. They also have in-depth knowledge of what your roof experiences throughout the year, which makes them better equipped to handle any roofing concerns.

5. What about years of experience? Many roofing problems usually start because of poor installation. Ask about the number of years that the company has been operational.

6. Good Communication Skills: A good roofing company should be open and transparent. They should also be reachable when you have questions or concerns about the project. They should advise you on the right roofing materials to choose from, and most importantly, they should listen!

7. What are their COVID-19 Procedures: Right now, this is probably one of the most important items on the list. Fortunately, hiring a contractor and getting an estimate for a roof repair or replacement can be done online or over the telephone. The work itself can be accomplished while observing safe social-distancing practices.

 

The answer is yes!

COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing practices have changed how the roofing industry conducts business. There are multiple ways we make the process contact-less, safe and stress-free for our clients. If you are in need of roof replacement or repairs, acting now will help prevent further issues or severe damage to your home like leaks, water damage, mold, etc. Here’s how–

6 Steps to Contact-less Roof Replacement or Repair.

The entire process of hiring a contractor and getting an estimate for a roof repair or replacement can be done online and over the telephone. The work itself can be accomplished while observing safe social-distancing practices:

1. Research online. Choose a local roofing contractor with decades of experience and excellent service.
2. Contact-less appointment. Contact your roofing contractor online via email or chat, text or call, to ask questions about estimates, costs, and the repair or replacement process.
3. To provide an estimate, your contractor will have to inspect your roof, but you can check the process from a safe distance if you’d like to be present during the inspection.
4. Estimate. Once the contractor has what they need to provide an estimate, they can email or text it to you to review from the comfort of your own home.
5. All paperwork, project scheduling, and payment can be completed easily and securely through electronic platforms.
6. Getting the Work Done. When it comes time to start working on your roof, contractors may not need to come into your home at all. Once all the plans and estimates are in place, the roof repair or replacement can be completed outside, and you shouldn’t have to interact with anyone. Should any of the roofers need access to the attic, they can give you advanced notice, so you can clear a pathway and keep all family members out of the way.

Don’t let the coronavirus delay a needed roof replacement or repair. MESLER is here to help!

Summer is here! It’s time for outdoor fun, backyard relaxing and inspecting your roof for damage caused during the winter weather and spring storms. Here’s what to check for to ensure your roof has a long and healthy life:

1) Look for any missing tiles or shingles: Winter weather can cause your shingles to come loose and fall off, leaving the underbelly of your roof completely exposed to the elements. Damaged shingles can leave your roof open to abuse from the sun and heat, rain and high winds, which can also loosen other shingles around any gaps, causing more damage. Check for any spots where shingles are missing or warped, or tiles are cracked or missing. Replacing any missing or damaged tiles and shingles will restore the integrity of your roof and keep the issue from getting worse.

2) Sun Damage: It is important you know the signs of a sun-damaged roof. Look for warped, faded, or obvious signs of deformity to your roof and siding materials. These signs might not be obvious, so it’s a good idea to have regular roof inspections before and after the hottest season if you’re not sure what to look for.

3) Water Damage or Leaks: Water damage is a roof’s worst enemy. If you catch the problem early enough, it can be the difference between a minor repair and a major undertaking. Check the interior of your roof, as well as the outside, for seeping water and missing/broken shingles. Water can enter a house if a shingle is broken, missing, or worn.

4) Summer Storms: With summer come the inevitable thunderstorms and severe weather. Check for and trim loose branches and branches resting on your roof; also look for debris piled on your property that could easily become a projectile in high winds.

5) Check all gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clean of all debris and blockages. This allows your roof to shed away water — Remember that the longer water sits on your roof, the worse the damage can be. Check the area where your gutter attaches to your roof. If it has pulled away from your eaves, it can be a common area for water to enter your home.

6) Do NOT pressure wash your roof. It can remove granules from asphalt shingles, exposing the shingle to the sun’s UV rays and causing the premature aging of your roof.

By simple roof management, you can cut down on the cost of roof repairs and enjoy your summer. If you have any serious damage call your trusted local roofing company for a free consultation.

Spring is the perfect time to inspect and clean out your gutters and downspouts. Spring rains are coming, and your gutters need to be ready, so you do not experience foundation, siding, and or roof damage.

Using extreme caution on a stable ladder, remove leaves, sticks, needles and seeds, scooping out debris from the gutters with a hand tool or with your hands. Do not walk on the roof and refrain from using a garden hose, as this may cause the downspouts to clog. After the debris is out of the gutters, flush the downspouts with a garden hose, making sure the water flows freely, and is carried away from the foundation. If you have any puddling in the gutters, they may not be sloped properly. They should be angled about 1 vertical inch for every 15 to 20 horizontal feet so they drain efficiently. Check all of the gutters for rust or cracks, and make sure there are not places where they may have pulled away from the roof. Freezing and melting moisture can make gutters and downspouts shift and become unstable. Also check for bird or insect nests under the roof overhang and gutters.

While you are up there, take a visual inspection of the roof. Are there shingles that have buckled over the winter? Is all of the flashing around skylights, vents, and chimney intact? A professional local roofing contractor can give you an honest evaluation of your roof and make repair recommendations for maintenance for your roof.

Are there any tree branches that are touching the roof or siding? If so, this will need to be addressed before spring thunderstorms hit. If you have trees around your house, you will want to check more often as trees will drop leaves, seeds and or flowers onto your roof and gutters.

If you have any questions, call Mesler Roofing & Exteriors or any other local roofing contractor for a free estimate.

1. Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.

2. Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.

3. Examine roof shingles, repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's . . .

4. Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.

5. Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.

6. If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.

7. Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls.  Here’s how:  Ventilate your attic. Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

Spring is a great time to weather proof your home. Warmer weather makes outdoor work more pleasant, there is more daylight, and high winds can trigger drafts throughout the house.

First, check all of the windows for gaps where air can escape or enter. Over time, calking degrades and can come loose. Re-calking now will help keep your energy bill in check before you turn on the air conditioner. Remove any old material and clean well before you apply the calking. If your windows are still drafty after you re-calk, ask a professional for an estimate for weather proofing or energy efficient replacement windows. They will pay for themselves in no time.

Look for gaps around exterior doors. Weather stripping can also degrade and break down over time. Before applying the adhesive striping, make sure to remove all of the old material and make sure the surface is very clean and dry for best results. Measure the door jam and the door to insure you are getting the correct width and length. Also measure any gaps to make sure you are getting the correct thickness.

While you are at it, check your electric outlets for air leaks. Installing foam outlet gaskets will help. These are inexpensive and easy to install.

Spring is also the perfect time to inspect your attic and roof. Winter weather can cause loose shingles, gutters and downspouts. Cold weather also brings damage caused by animals looking for a warm place to nest. If you see any winter wear and tear, call a trusted local professional contractor who can give you an estimate. 

 

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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