As a home owner, it’s easy to assume that you know your home well enough. However, this is not usually the case, particularly when it comes to your roof. You’ll likely discover this when your roofing contractor mentions some things about your roof you didn’t even know existed. As a result, you might easily misunderstand the estimates done for any roof work that needs to be done.

The good news is that you don’t need to be in such a situation. Understanding a few roofing basics will give you a clear picture of what your roof is made up of and how to take care of it. Let’s start with the terminology used in the roofing world described in the following post:

Roof Terminology Cheat Sheet

While taking care of their gutters, many homeowners discover roof problems they weren’t aware of beforehand. Perhaps your neighbor alerted you that your water and ice barrier is deteriorating, or maybe the reflection of sunlight on your metal flashing helped you see that it’s not secured properly.

Before you embark on any roof repairs, you need to have a basic understanding of roof components, and common roof terminology. This will help you once you hire a professional roofer to repair or replace your roof. You’ll be able to better understand the work they’ll be performing on your house, and you’ll know what you’re actually paying for when they say they have to replace your decking (Hint: They’re not talking about the pool deck in your backyard!). Read more at Leaf Filter…

Well, now you can save yourself a lot of embarrassment during a roof inspection. You can also have a meaningful conversation with your roofing contractor. Additionally, whenever there is an emergency situation and you need to call for help, you will likely know what to say and how to accurately describe any damages.

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What else do you need to know? The types of roofs and the one you have. A description of the roof type that you have will help a contractor get a good idea of what needs to be done. Each type has its own challenges and maintenance requirements. The following post gives more details:

Top 20 Roof Types and Their Costs: Design Elements, Shapes, Materials, and Installation Cost Details

The value of the roof over your home cannot be overstated. Sure, we all know it’s primary purpose is to protect us from stormy weather and prevent animals who may otherwise drop things on our heads. Bonus points for keeping strong winds outside, where they belong, and stopping the sun from baking us under intense heat. Oh and those critters agile enough to climb walls, yes they too can take a well constructed roof as fair warning that they are not welcomed to stay, rent free.

For us civilized creatures, the home roof is both a basic necessity and, when done right, a thing of beauty. It has lasting value and adds character to what is otherwise a box, we call home. Read more at Remodeling Image…

It is clear that a roof is important for many reasons. This is why you need to choose the best quality if you’re planning for a roof installation.

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Another important point to note is that whatever roof type you have, there are maintenance practices that should be observed. These will go a long way in helping your roof last longer. They are described in the following post:

A few helpful tips that may help extend the life of your roof (no matter what type):

  1. Inspect it every 6 months as regular inspections of your roof can help prevent more costly repairs in the future
  2. Keep it clear of debris and leaves as water can build up and not drain properly off your roof
  3. Make sure you cut limbs from trees that are overhanging your roof. Not only is this important from an insurance point of view, but the limbs and leaves can clog your gutters and let water stand on the shingles and seep underneath which can cause leaks into your home. Branches will also scrape against the roof and cause damage to the protective barrier, no matter the type of roof. Read more at Wren Insurance Agency…

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With this information you can now take much better care of your roof. However, it is not enough to just have this knowledge. You also need to work with a qualified roofing contractor who will offer expert advice when needed. If you’re in Centreville VA and are looking for a roofing contractor that is both qualified and experienced, do not hesitate to call us!

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