TIPS & TRICKS
Shingles can get damaged from time to time and it is important to fix or replace them when that happens. If a shingle can not be repaired, it should be replaced. Simply place a flat shovel under the shingle that sits above the one that is damaged. This can loosen the nails. Then, you can pull out the nail and take off the ruined shingle.
Never skimp in terms of roofing materials. Even if the materials are cheaper, they may get worn out quickly, which means they will cost more in the long run.
Fixing A Leak
When fixing a leak, you must finish the job right to begin with. This means never stop when you’ve discovered a first issue. Check the whole roof and you might find more problems.
Dealing With The Nails
As you prepare to get your roof replaced, remember that there are a lot of nails up there. That means that as shingles come off, nails are going to become loose and fall to the ground. Most contractors will place a tarp down to catch as many loose nails as possible.
Replacing Your Roof
While it is true most roofs will last up to 15 years, that is not the same as being maintenance-free. Your roof has to be maintained properly.
Security On The Roof
Make sure you’re properly secured when you’re on the roof. This is very important because many people are hurt or killed every year as a result of a fall from a roof.
Discovering A Leak
If you discover a leak in your roof while it’s raining, wait until it’s dry to examine and repair the leak. Not only is there no way to quickly patch a leak, but your safety could be compromised on a slippery, wet roof.
Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery: Hire a State-Licensed Contractor
Before hiring a contractor, ask for their license number and verify it by calling the DBPR Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395. Per Florida Statute, contractors must have their license number on all advertising, including their business cards. Be cautious when signing a contract and paying for services. Don’t commit to a contract, make a payment or provide personal or financial information to a contractor on the spot. Typical contracting scams are committed by individuals who pressure consumers into making a quick decision by greatly reducing the price.