Let's face it. No one gives a thought to the roof over their head until there's a problem with it. I haven't had any problems in my current abode (thank goodness), but in my previous house... eesh. Built in 1923, it was basically an overpriced sieve. It had tons of "character," which in realtor parlance means "expensive problems that are not easily corrected."
There's nothing as disheartening as seeing water marks on the newly-reworked plaster ceilings you ordered to the tune of umpteen thousands of dollars. And the marks are just a symptom of the problem — who knows what lies beneath? To the layman, it's a vexing mystery.
That's where the professionals like Josh Ostrowski can be invaluable resources. Where you and I see water marks, he spots a miniscule entryway between the exterior and interior of your home and figures out how to fix it. Just as important, he's a roofer with a conscience — recycling asphalt shingles to be added to pavement for roads. Check out what he has to say about it on pages 50-51.
Not unrelated, we're running an article from the Better Business Bureau on the dangers of unreliable, traveling home improvement contractors such as those who work on roofing, painting, asphalt work and installing security systems. Complaints about these types of individuals and companies, many of whom sweep into town after damaging storms occur, are on the rise. That's why it's so important to do your research and choose a local contractor you can trust. Look for a contractor with an established business in the area, ask for references and check them out. Also, look into the contractor's standard of work and his professional affiliations; verify his insurance; and check to see if he needs to be licensed. Check with the BBB for a report on the contractor. Sound advice for anyone who needs work done.
Finally, you hear a lot about gluten these days: it's "bad" for you, how so many people can't tolerate it, how to avoid it, etc. But unless you've been properly diagnosed with Celiac Disease — a condition in which gluten is treated like an "invader" by the immune system, resulting in damage to the intestines, low energy levels and emotional ups and downs — what do you really know about it? Dan Stearns explains it all in his article on a gluten-free diet. Be sure to check it out because there's lots of valuable information.