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3 Tips To Care For Your Roof

by Erik Evans

Keeping your roof in good condition will help you protect your entire house. If your roof sustains damage, you are leaving everything and everyone under your roof at risk. Roofing maintenance is so important for this reason. Read below for a few quick tips on buying a new roof replacement, hiring roofing contractors and maintaining your roof. 

#1: Look into replacing a shoddy roof

If you have a shoddy roof, it is both a home equity killer and a safety liability. Rather than waiting for your roof to fail inspection, call in a roofing contractor that is skilled, professional and time effective. You can start by running a Better Business Bureau search, or checking with your state roofer's association. When you bring roofing contractors out to your home, have them inspect the roof and provide an estimate for how much it will be to remove it and install a new one. They will sell you a plethora of roofing options, to include, slate, stone and vinyl. If you've found a roofing contractor that you want to continue with the project, have them craft diagrams of what your finished roof will look like. The installation may cost as much as $6,000 or more. 

#2: Take care of your roof maintenance

Caring for your roof maintenance will make sure that you are protecting it and your household as a whole. Keeping up with your roof is also great for your thermal conditions, because your air conditioner and heater will perform better. Buy a maintenance contract from your roofing company so that you always have repairs when needed. Take care of some basic repairs also, such as cleaning your gutters. By cleaning your gutters, your roof is less likely to leak. You might pay as much as $250 to get your gutters cleaned. 

#3: Protect your roof for the long term

Your roof is a long term investment that will hopefully last 15 to 30 years. Make sure you update your home insurance plan frequently, to know that your roof is protected from storms and other occurrence. It's also important that you keep the area around your home perimeter clear for the safety of your roof. For instance, if you have tall trees close to the house, they can easily fall on your roof in a storm. Cutting down a tree can cost between $75 and $1,500, so plan accordingly if you need to clear space. 

Use these tips to get the best from your roof.