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Leaky Roof? Choose a Professional Roofing Contractor

Leaky Roof? Choose a Professional Roofing Contractor By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Your mother's warnings about the dangers of treading your roof never fazed you. You clean your own gutters and install your own holiday lights. You even spray it down a few times a year. When your ceiling starts to drip or your neighbors complain about your shingles falling into their lawns, however, major roof repairs are on the horizon. No matter how handy you are, your roof deserves more than a do-it-yourself manual. Call a qualified roofing contractor with the know-how to do it right.

The roof is a critical part of your home, but most people go years without giving them much thought. Unfortunately, minor roof repairs that are neglected can give way to major ones, and then eventually total roof replacement. Face it-it's an expensive investment. Think you can save a few bucks by bypassing a roofing contractor? Think again.

Roofing Contractors: Why You Should Go Pro

Roof contractors will actually save you money in the end. Product warranties for roof materials are great, but won't cover problems stemming from poor installation. That's why the workmanship warranty offered by a quality roofing contractor is worth the investment. Take comfort in knowing that you can call the roofing contractor to come make certain repairs at little or no cost to you. A roofing contractor can also inspect your roof for damage and to take preventative steps that will prolong its lifetime. Beyond roof repair and installations, a roofing contractor can tackle renovations, such as adding skylights or roof extensions.

When is Roof Repair Necessary?

A leaky roof could damage the roof structure, not to mention ruin family photos in your attic. It is also the most obvious indication that you need a roofing contractor to make repairs. Other warning signs include:
  • Missing or damaged shingles or shakes
  • Mold in your attic or second floor
  • Stains on the ceiling
  • Mortar deterioration around the chimney.

Your roof keeps you dry during the rain, cozy in cold weather, and safe from a myriad of other hazards. It's good to you, so return the favor with the professional TLC a roof contractor provides.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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