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Roof Ready for Spring Checklist

Roofing repairs are never something that people enjoy jumping into. You'll probably never get super excited about the prospect of tackling a roofing job. It just doesn't seem like the most enjoyable or most exciting thing to do on your weekends. So, naturally, everyone wants to avoid any need for repairs or roof services, if it can be helped. When checking your roof, you want to make sure that you take copious notes of everything that you see. The best time to inspect your roof is in the spring and in the fall, before and after the harshest months hit. Let's be honest, nobody wants to be on the roof in the middle of July or August anyway. There should be some basic items on your checklist. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the gutters are cleared, and that you've cleaned away any obvious debris on the roof itself. This'll make your job much easier because you'll be able to make a more thorough inspection. Every homeowner should do this sort of upkeep periodically, but if you haven't been up there all winter long, there's bound to be some stuff to clear away. Second, you should check for any rust spots or cracked caulk on flashing. You'll need to make sure that you note the exact locations and the degree of the cracking or rust. This is a good time to take pictures. Third, you'll check the shingles. You need to note if any are curling, blistering, or buckling. In the south, the UV bombardment that shingles receive every summer can wear and age them very quickly. Fourth, you should check if the rubber boots around vents are cracked or worn. Again, you should be taking plenty of notes and pictures the whole time, identifying not only the damage but also the exact locations. Worker hands installing bitumen roof shingles - fastening one with nails, closeup The fifth step will vary depending upon your needs and ability. If you're comfortable making some basic repairs like replacing shingles or doing some caulking, you can pick up the materials and get to work, whenever you're able to set aside the time. Typically, you can expect a half-day of work to handle a few basic shingle repairs. If the work is more involved or you're not comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you'll…

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How to Budget for a Roof Replacement

Just because you know that you need to replace your roof does not mean that you can easily handle the replacement roof cost. A lot of people are running into this problem, and could do with some tips on how to best stretch their budget to handle this important need. With an aggressive spring rainy season anticipated this year, it is important to get something like this handled before the storm clouds come in earnest. The following are some budgeting tips to help you handle the cost of your roof replacement.  Get Bids for the Job It will be hard to start saving up when you are not aware of how much you are really expected to pay. The best way to get a good idea for this amount is to invite some professional roofers out to give you a bid for how much the job will cost. You will likely get different amounts, but they should all be within the same ballpark.  Set a Deadline The deadline will have to be one that can be achievable, but not one that gives you too much time. The reasons for setting a strict deadline are as follows: • If you wait too long, you will be tempted to spend the money on something else. • If you wait too long, the cost of materials could rise. • If you wait too long, more damage can occur, which will raise the price.  Look for Extraneous Spending Now it will be time to sit down and take a close look at your spending habits. Some of these expenses are needed. Some, however, will not be as needful as groceries and the house payment. Weed out some of these extra expenses like eating out, magazine subscriptions, and other such things. This money can be set aside for the roofing expenses for the next little bit.  Find Extra Means of Income There are a lot of ways for you to make a few extra bucks here and there. Challenge all able bodies in the household to try and make some money to contribute to this need. Selling items, washing cars, babysitting, or creating pieces of art or baked goods to sell can all help raise the needed money for this house repair. This can actually be a lot of fun and will not take away anything from your regular…

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