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Angie's List: avoiding roof repair rip-offs

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Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your roof. Heavy snowfalls, gusting winds, torrential rains and extreme temperatures all take their toll over time. If your roof hasn't been inspected in a while, Angie's List said it might be time.

Replacing a roof is expensive. It could run you $10,000 to $20,000 or more. Regular inspections can help you protect your investment, but it's still possible to develop a leak.

“The two main causes of leaks are generally an elevation change – valleys, walls, ceilings, like that on the roof – and then where non-like materials connect, so your pipe boots, your skylights, your flashing and your wall flashings,” said Justin Vorbroker, Roofing Professional.

While you can't do anything about the elevation changes, you can make sure that you keep your roof clear of debris from overhanging trees and that your gutter system is in good condition.

Even if you do everything right, a storm or an accident could require you to hire a professional. Angie's List suggest finding three local companies with solid reputations and ask for detailed quotes. Make sure you study each one carefully so you understand the scope of all three bids.

Angie warns homeowners to steer clear of anyone going door-to-door in your neighborhood after a storm. They often do shoddy work and aren't around for any follow-up issues.

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