Understanding The Different Types Of Roofing Materials

26. March 2016 Roofing 0

If you’re in the market for roofing repairs or a new roof, you want to be sure to understand what you’re getting yourself into. Additionally, you want to make sure you know what materials were used when your roof was first installed. On top of that, you should understand the pros and cons of using different types of roofing materials based on the location of your home and the general climate where your home is located as well.

All of the above factors can influence whether or not your roof will be properly maintained and function correctly for the entire lifetime of the home.

What Are The Resources You Can Use to Make Certain Your Home Appraiser Is Properly Licensed?

18. October 2016 Home Services 0

Whether you need to sell your home, one of the professionals you’ll need on your team is a residential appraiser. These professionals use comparable sales in the area and current market trends to come to an independent opinion of the value of your home. Because their appraisal can be relied on in a number of settings and you need to be sure that their opinion is a valid one, it is vital to ensure that the appraiser you are using is properly licensed. Here are the best resources you can use to determine if an appraiser is licensed.


The State Licensing Board

Every state has different requirements for licensing residential appraisers in their state. Some require that an appraiser attend classes, while other states require that an appraiser take classes and apprentice for a licensed appraiser before they can earn their own license. After they meet the requirements of a license, they are typically required to take an exam to prove their knowledge to the licensing board. If they pass the exam, they are then issued a license. For example, here is the site for Illinois appraisers: IDFPR.com.

To find out if an appraiser has earned this license from the appropriate licensing board in your state, you can simply call them and ask. You will need the appraiser’s name and possibly their address or the county they operate out of.

Professional Associations

Many residential appraisers also belong to professional associations. Their membership in these organizations is one that helps them to remain on top of the industry, as the associations offers a number of benefits to them.

When they sign up to join the organization, they are usually required to provide their license information so that the association can verify that they are indeed an appraiser that would be a member in good standing. Therefore, one of the other resources that you can use to figure out whether an appraiser is licensed is that database of professional associations in the area.

Many times, to access such databases, all you need to do is to do an interenet search for appraiser associations in your state. When you find the website of the organization, you can then look for their member directory. Some associations have a list of appraisers, while others have a search box where you can enter the name of an appraiser to see if they are in the database.

Your Real Estate Agent

If you are using a real estate agent to have your home sold, they can help you in a number of ways. First, you can ask them to refer you to the best Chicago appraiser they know. They are likely an expert in the industry, and they can offer you some guidance when you enlist the help of a residential appraiser. They know many of the players in the area, so when you suggest a particular appraiser, they may already know them and vouch for their professionalism and licensure. They may even recommend an appraiser whose license they’re aware of.

Now that you’re aware of the best resources you have available to you in order to make sure your appraiser is licensed, take advantage of them. That way, you can then feel confident that an appraiser has the knowledge and background to properly appraise your home.

Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced

28. March 2016 Roofing 0

A lot of homeowners typically think they need a new roof after they spot a leak in the ceiling. While this leak could be the result of many different roofing problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace the roof. Knowing whether your roof can be repaired sufficiently or if you need a replacement can be difficult. In this article, we will be going over some of the key tips that you can utilize in order to determine if you need a new roof or if it can be repaired (without needing to replace the entire roof structure).

Follow these guidelines to help determine whether or not your roof needs repairs or should be replaced completely.

1. Age.

The first thing that you are going to want to look at is the age of your roof. How old is your existing roof? A lot of experts typically agree that a roof should last anywhere from 20 to 25 years on average. However, it is also going to depend on whether the old roof was removed or simply replaced. Also, it will depend if the roof has proper ventilation. If the roof was simply installed on top of the existing roof and it is older than 20 years, there is a high probability that you are going to require a brand new roof.

2. Shingles Curling and Buckling.

Old ShinglesAnother thing that you are going to want to look out for is whether or not your shingles are curling. If they are, it is likely a major sign that your roof is due for replacement. Simply look at the slopes of your home that are in direct sunlight a majority of the day and you should be able to see whether or not the shingles have given out. If you notice this on a newer roof, the chances are that your roof is defective and it needs to be replaced as well.

3. Valleys.

If your roof has shingles that are simply falling apart and/or missing in this particular area of your rood, it is a direct sign that you are going to require a roof replacement. Valleys are literally the most important areas of your roof, and if they are falling apart and/or messed up in any way, you are going to want to replace your roof as soon as possible. Both rain and snow flow through the valleys of your roof to the gutters. Therefore, if it is compromised in any way, you will likely be susceptible to major roofing leaks which can pose a significant risk to your home and your family.

As you can see, there is plenty that you can do in order to tell whether or not you are going to need a roof replacement. If you follow the tips in this article, you should be able to correctly identify whether or not you are going to require a roof replacement. If you have any concerns with whether or not your roof is in danger or damaged enough to warrant repairs or a replacement, you should contact a licensed roof company immediately to be sure.