Should I go with a contractor who is less experienced for a much cheaper price? Will I save money if I buy materials on my own? Should I attempt to repair my own roof?
With any major investment, like your house, you really need to weigh all of your options before you make any major decisions on what you need to do to maintain it. Be sure to avoid the following pitfalls when you are making decisions on what you need to do to keep your roof preserved.
Starting on a major roof replacement or repair on your own (if you do not have experience).
If you do not have extensive roofing experience and knowledge, then the best thing to do is to have professionals handle your roof work. Tearing a roof off is difficult and dangerous work. We often have been called in to have to “save” a homeowner from the project they started but realized very quickly that they were in way over their heads. Quite often the mistake is made in an attempt to save a couple of dollars, but that can end up causing more damage and in the long run, ends up costing more. A certified roofing contractor has the necessary skill level, knowledge and safety equipment, and is definitely the best way to go.
Purchasing your own materials.
It’s a good idea to shop around to get the best deals, but when you are getting a roof installed, it definitely pays off to have a qualified contractor that offers a competitive price buy the roofing materials for you. You not only will avoid having incorrect products or quantities, but the contractor might also have access to more competitive and better pricing due to having established relationships with suppliers. There is a tendency for a roof installation to be a package deal and a qualified contractor will be able to provide a manufacturer’s and workmanship warranty along with your roofing system.
Over time, installing a product will do more damage than good. Not every product is good for your roof. Rain diverters, contrary to popular belief, will cause more damage than it does good, by forcing water back up underneath the shingles, which results in extensive damage. Another product that could cause problems ultimately is flush-mounted skylights. Typically they don’t come with a very wide flange so they have a tendency to not be able to support large volumes of water. When there are heavy rains, water will go past the flange and then penetrate under the roof, which will result in leaks. Depend on a qualified contractor to assist you with deciding which products will do the best with your roof.
Failing to hire a qualified contractor.
Be sure to do your homework. Locate a reputable contractor to do the roofing work on your house. At times, price is not the sole factor you need to consider about a service. Speak with co-workers, family, and friends, about a local area roofing company that has a respected community within your community, a track record of performing quality work, and that offers competitive pricing. Check online reviews, the Better Business Bureau, and find out if the contractor has a website for feedback and a good idea on the contractor’s work history. It is important to find a company that has integrity and delivers outstanding finished products. It is definitely worth spending the extra time. Don’t hesitate to give us a call.