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Delaying roof repairs can be costly

Roofs are often "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to home repairs and improvement. Then one day you hear the plink, plink, plink of water and discover a puddle on your floor or furniture. The drywall inevitably bubbles. If it was caused by a major regional weather event, every nearby roofer may be booked for weeks. This is not a drama in which you want the starring role.

Start a habit of annual roof inspection today, especially if it's raining and blowing.

  1. Inspect: Look for water stains on the ceilings, paint and wallpaper of all rooms. Inspect your attic with a flashlight beam, looking methodically for water-stains or dark, wet areas. Follow drips down nearby rafters. They often don't drip directly below the roof hole. Turn the flashlight off in each area and look for spots of light coming through the roof. Poke something colorful, like a pipe-stem cleaner, through to the outside to mark the area. On a dry, calm day walk methodically (and very carefully) over your roof exterior noting missing roofing, cracked tiles, cupped edges, or thin granule coverage. Better yet, for safety's sake, find a licensed roofing contractor for an inspection.
  2. Research: Best roofing materials, whether asphalt, laminate or metal, are likely to have longer warranties and improved technologies. Look for Consumer Reports' Check-rated and Recommended products. Explore the many styles of metal roofs. Get bids from licensed contractors with good ratings from the Better Business Bureau and the Registrar of Contractors.

Nipping roofing problems in the bud should minimize costs and repay you with no more plink, plink, plinks.