Checking your roof in the springtime should be a yearly item on your to-do list. You want to see how it handled a long winter of snow and ice – and if this is the year you do a roof replacement.
You want to inspect for obvious signs of damage like missing or buckling shingles, but even your eavestrough can offer a clue. If you see a large accumulation of asphalt granules in the gutters, that’s a sign your roof is on its way out. If you spot major wear and tear, it’s time to consider bringing in a roofer.
There are a lot of roofers on the market. A lot of them are good, but how do you know if you’ve found one of the good ones? It starts by asking the right questions. There are the standard questions; like are they licensed and insured?
You also want to ask subtle questions that give you a hint as to whether or not you’ve found a reputable roofer. Ask them about the scope of the work. If you need to reshingle your roof, you want to hear that the roofer is going to strip the old shingles off so they can look at the roof’s sheathing. The price for a real pro may seem shocking, but believe me, if you think the pro is expensive – wait until you hire an amateur and have to redo their work. Don’t forget to look up any reviews and ask for references. Mike Holmes: Spring is a good time for a roof checkup | National Post