The roof over your head

Hello everyone:

Today’s blog deals with something we often overlook because it is overhead and we rarely think about it. That topic? Your roof.

Your roof is probably something you never think about, unless it is leaking. Angie’s list says that, if your roof is more than 20 years old, you probably need to replace it.

How old is your roof? When did you move into the house? Did you as a couple ever talk about replacing it? Look through any receipts you have for the house. You may find one that tells you when the roof was last replaced. Do you keep a calendar of home repairs? You might find the information there.

Next, look at the overall condition of the roof. Do you see any shingles that are curled or missing? Can you see daylight through your ceiling? You need to get the roof checked out.  The problem here is in knowing who to call. In a perfect world, husbands would leave their wives a list of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, house painters, roof repairmen, and the like, but the world (as you may have noticed) is far from perfect.

If it is too late to ask your hubby about home repair, find a trusted friend who knows something about home repair or a real estate agent who does foreclosure work and ask him or her for the name of someone to call. Do not ask your friend to do the work. Please understand that your friend may be very well-meaning, but an incompetent friend who takes on the job himself is almost worse than a poor contractor. You can fire a poor contractor but how do you fire a friend? My point exactly.

I hope you have good luck with replacing your roof, if it needs it. If you have already replaced a roof, how did you find the best person for the job? Do you have any horror stories you would like to share about your roof-replacing experience? I would love to hear from you!


Dr. Sheri


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