Should I try to repair the roof on my own? Or maybe I should go with a less experienced contractor that promises to do the job for a significantly lower price? Can I save money by buying my own materials?
With any big investment, such as your home, it is always a good idea to weigh all of your options before making a decision. Avoid these common pitfalls when making decisions on how to repair or maintain your roof:
Undertaking a major roof repair or replacement by yourself if you are inexperienced
Unless you have extensive first-hand roofing knowledge, it is most definitely best to leave the roof work to the professionals. Tearing off a roof might look easy at first glance but it is dangerous and difficult work. Our project managers at Remedy Roofing have often been called in to “rescue” homeowner from a project that they began but soon realized they were in way over their heads. The mistake is often made in an effort to save a few dollars. However, this can cause more damage and cost more in the long run. With the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level, a certified roofing contractor is the way to go – there is a good reason why we put such a high emphasis on our experience as roofers and additionally still spent so much time and effort on continuing training!
Buying your own materials for your roof
Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing! However, when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow an experienced and qualified roofing contractor with a competitive price to purchase the materials for you. Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, the roofing contractor may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers. A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor like Remedy Roofing will be able to provide high-quality workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with their system.
Installing a product that does more damage than good over time
The market for roofing products is huge but not all products are a good choice for your roof. For example, contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good, forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly repair damage. Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights. These products typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore usually cannot support high volumes of water. During heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks. This is a major reason to rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof!
Not hiring a solid contractor
Make sure that you do your homework. Find a reputable contractor to perform the work on your roof. The price isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are receiving. Talk to friends, family and co-workers about a roofing company in your area that has a good name in your community, competitive pricing and a track record of quality work. Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and see if there is a company website for a feel and feedback on the contractor’s work history. You want a company with integrity and a great finished product – it is absolutely worth the extra time!
Also check out our related blog article “How you can you recognize a legitimate and trustworthy roofing company that will not run with your insurance money”: http://remedyroofing.com/beware-of-storm-chasers