What Makes a Qualified Roofing Company?
The state requires a Kansas roofing licenses. Make sure the roofers you hire have one issued to them. They need to be in good standing with the state of Kansas. Look for a company that has been in business for many years. Read reviews on websites like Google, BBB and Home Advisor. Look at their credentials. Manufacturers of shingles have a list of preferred contractors for their products. Ask for names and contact other customers of the roofing company and ask if they did a good job. Also make sure that they have liability and workman’s comp insurance so that if there were to be an accident was to occur on your property, it would not be claimed on your homeowner’s insurance.
How Do I Know I Need a New Roof?
If your roof just looks old and worn and the shingle edges are curled, or tabs are cupped and /or cracked are all good signs that you need a new roof. There may be bald spots where granules are missing on a typical asphalt roof as well. If you see any of these, call a local qualified roofing contractor and have them come do an inspection. Most will provide a free estimate. Is your roof at least 20 years old? While many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact the life of your shingles. Warranties from the shingle manufacturers will transfer to a new homeowner only if the original paperwork and invoice are present. Most must transfer within the first 10 years of the life of the roof. Also, are your neighbors are getting new roofs? Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life. And better still, ask them for recommendations!
Roof Repair After a Storm
There are many roofing companies that show up only after a region experiences severe weather with hail and damaging winds. Some refer to them as “Storm Chasers”. Some of these crews may not be qualified to work in your area and may not do a high-quality job as you should expect for your home. Some are not at all worried about the quality of the work, their only concerned is finishing the job and moving on to the next project in the next city or the next state. To insure quality of labor and products, use a local roofing company so if you do have a problem down the road, you know where to find them.
Why Should a Homeowner Replace Windows and Doors?
If the breeze is stronger on the inside of your home than on the outside, you should replace your windows. If you see condensation between the panes that is an indication that it is time to replace the window. Look for wood rot and insect/animal damage inside and out around the frame. Most of the doors that Mesler replaces are because the tracks on sliding glass doors have failed and the door does not slide easily. Quality replacement windows and doors offer energy efficacy, and therefor savings on your energy bills. And of course, the appearance, new windows and doors can really dress up any home.
Putting off painting can add to damage to your siding. Exposed wood can soak up rain than can lead to wood rot and/or insect and animal damage. Or you might just change the look of their house and add value to your investment.