The Importance of Taking Care of Your Roof

Even the most palatial, luxurious home on Earth wouldn’t be worth much without a sturdy roof. No aspect of a home is more critical to basic comfort and security. It is not by accident that clichés about basic needs all speak of a roof over one’s head. Yet how much attention do most people pay to the importance of roofing maintenance? The simple answer is, not nearly enough.

I once knew a woman whose wallet had been stolen. She of course immediately canceled all her cards and fortunately, the damage to her life was minimal. Years later, that weather-beaten wallet was returned to her by a roofer who found it on the flat roof (common in Arizona, where my friend lived) of a house on the other side of town. Evidently, the thief had emptied the wallet of cash and, upon discovering the cards were useless, threw it up onto a roof as a way of “destroying the evidence.” There it sat unmolested for the better part of a decade. The story is humorous, but it demonstrates clearly how little thought most people give to the single feature of their homes that does the most to protect them from the elements on a daily basis.

Tips For Steep Roofing Repair

Scheduling a thorough roof inspection every few years is the first step toward proper roofing maintenance. A few loose shingles and some worn tarpaper may necessitate a minor repair if detected early. But if that problem is left unresolved for a few years, water will leak deep into the plywood and spread throughout the roof. By the time water stains appear on the interior ceiling, the attic will need massive repairs and the entire roof will have to be replaced – most often with a colorbond roof. Be wary of skimping on the cost of the inspection, too. Use only a fully licensed, insured contractor with an excellent reputation. There are countless scam artists who will offer a cheap or even free inspection and then try to sell you unneeded, even mythical repairs. The best roofers are highly skilled professionals known for the sort of integrity that would inspire someone to travel across town to return a tattered wallet to its rightful owner. Find one whose expertise is highly respected. See the website here –

If repairs are needed, choosing the right contractor becomes even more important. They are local to the area and know the local precinct well, and also have years of experience as fantastic professional roofers. There are some critical questions any homeowner must ask before letting a single member of a roofing crew start climbing a ladder. Is the contractor fully licensed and insured? Are all crew members required to wear high-grip footwear? Do they have rope lines and harnesses for the safety of workers on steeply slanted roofs? Safety must be paramount in everything the contractor does. Otherwise, the homeowner could be the horrified witness to a tragedy, and may also find herself or himself financially responsible for the care of an injured worker.

There are some areas of life where cutting corners to reduce cost is no great cause for concern. Taking care of that precious roof overhead is not one of them. Properly maintained, a sturdy roof will keep the occupants of a home safe for decades.