Home Repair

Finding a Roofing Contractor

roofing repairWhen it comes time to replace or repair your roof, things can get out of hand quickly. If you are not familiar with the materials or methods, it can be overwhelming to look at sheeting, roofing paper, roof covering, sheathing…the list goes on and on. It is always best to hire a professional to walk you through the process and pinpoint exactly what the problem is and what he can do to fix it. That being said, it is absolutely vital to find a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor. The roof of your house is not a place you can skimp on or wait until next month to fit it in the budget: it is absolutely necessary to buy the right materials, hire the right people, and be confident that your roof is in the best condition it can be.

First, check with your friends, neighbors, and local businesses for referrals. You can also search the web for roof replacement phoenix. Seeing a professional contractor’s work up close and hearing it by word of mouth is one of the best ways to know you are getting a high quality contractor. If that doesn’t work, start with Google or the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA) at www.nrca.net. When weeding through the contractors on Google, be sure to read the Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, and Merchant Circle reviews extensively. Better yet, check with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org to make sure the contract you have in mind is a legitimate contractor. If a customer has a bad experience with a contractor they will usually post a bad review somewhere so it is up to you to find any negative reviews. Ask all contractors you contact for at least eight reviews so you can be sure you are getting the right information. You can also ask your local lumber store (note: that means local. Not a HomeDepot or Lowe’s).

Be sure to hire a local roofing company that will be available to you when you need them. Nothing is worse than hiring a large chain roofing company that will leave you high and dry when you have a follow-up question or problem because they are in a different state or a two hour drive away. In addition to the convenience of proximity, you will be able to physically visit their past work and they should be able to address your problems relatively quickly.

When you’ve settled on a list of contractors, be sure that all of them are properly licensed and insured. Don’t take their word for it – ask to see all certifications and follow them up with a phone call to the insurance company. You need to make sure your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance so they can carry out their work safely and, if necessary, will be covered in case of an accident; additionally, make sure that the insurance will cover the project throughout the entire timespan. You don’t want something bad to happen only to find out the insurance expired right before your project began! Not all states require roofing contractors to have insurance so this is often a detail that falls by the wayside when people reach out to potential contractors. It is a good rule of thumb for a contractor to hold $1,000,000 in general liability insurance. If you are unsure of the business licenses required in your area, contact the Department of Professional Regulation in your area.

Finally, be sure that you fully understand all stipulations and warranties in the contract you receive from your contractor. You should be aware of any foreseeable fees, project length, number of people working on your roof, materials to be used, and safety measures, just to name a few. There are many different styles and products available for roofing projects so it is equally important that your contractor knows the marketplace and what materials are best for the job.

Choosing a roofing contractor will require careful work and dedication. A roof is designed to protect your home, one of your most prized possessions. Bad contractors can leave you in a lurch or worse, severely damage your home. Call different contractors and compare them, do your homework, and be attentive and you should find yourself a high-quality, reputable contractor.

Calamity in Flood

The hassles of getting flood inside the house are limitless as it can cost you so much from financial to your personal wellbeing, including everybody else inside your house.

 

One sure thing about water damage repair is that if the water has reached electrical wirings, it is highly recommended that you make sure you are able to call someone to assist you with this dilemma and remove the dangers that can happen to you.

 

It would also be advisable to remove items from the flooded areas and relocate them somewhere dry. There are always possibilities of some of your stuff getting wet that cannot be reused any longer so no matter how heartbreaking it might be, make sure that you are ready to let go of those things. If they are really important, let a professional handle it and let them see if it is indeed reusable or not.

 

Once the water has subsided or you were able to remove the water from your house, this is the time to do repairs. Make sure you have both electricians and carpenters present because the last thing you need is someone getting electrocuted. Be sure that cabinets, walls, floors, and furniture were checked.

Basic Things to Do During Flooding

One of the worst things that can happen to you and your home is getting flood damage due to rain or snow. It poses a lot of danger to everyone inside the house because it can deteriorate everything and can even cause shock due to electrical wirings getting exposed to water.

 

You can do some basic water damage repairs and cleaning, but if the flooding was too high, it will be best to call for professional help for assessment and clean-up. Look for a contractor that operates 24/7, especially if the flooding happened during the night.

 

While waiting for the contractors, turn off all the electricity from the main switch. Even if it seems safe, do not assume anything until a professional comes. You do not want to risk anything just because you thought it is safe.

 

If water is still flowing into the house, locate where the water is coming from and try to put barriers to prevent further flooding inside the house. Make sure that you raise all electronics as well. Relocating them on the second floor of the house should be enough to save them.

 

Keep in mind that the possibility of having something beyond salvageable is high during these times. Do not risk it if you see an item already soaked in water and have someone look at it first before reusing it.