When you’re getting a roofing project done for your home, it’s never recommended that you attempt to do the job by yourself. This is because doing so will not only leave you vulnerable to injuries, but also mistakes that can cost a significant amount to rectify. With that in mind, it’s always best that you hire a professional roofer to get the job done.
It’s typically a good idea to hire an expert roofing contractor to help you repair and replace anything that’s wrong with your roof. But believe it or not, roofing industry experts say there are some facts that roofers wish homeowners know about roofing projects.
Material Quality Matters
Whenever homeowners are getting their shingles replaced, some homeowners tend to pick the most cost-effective materials for their roof in an effort to save their money. According to experts, however, most roofers wish that homeowners would stop putting too much stock on price and look at the material’s overall quality instead. This is because price doesn’t always tell you how good a roofing shingle is, and, in fact, installing cheap shingles in your roof can result in your roofing system deteriorating earlier than expected. On the other hand, if you’re having a hard time choosing an affordable yet-high quality roofing shingles in your home, you’re always more than free to enlist the aid of an expert roofer to help you decide.
You Need to Be Proactive With Your Roof’s Maintenance
When you’re a homeowner, roof maintenance is one of the responsibilities that you need to keep up with throughout the years. Unfortunately, not every homeowner attempts to keep up with the roof’s maintenance needs, even when they’re not busy. In fact, some roofers wish that every homeowner would be proactive with their roofing maintenance as doing so can extend your roofing system’s lifespan while making their jobs easier at the same time if their assistance is needed.
Understand When Your Roof Is Beyond Repair
Likewise, some roofing contractors also wish that homeowners understood there are times when a roof is beyond repair and will have to be replaced instead, especially if the roof is already a few decades old and is already at the end of its lifespan. This is because, if homeowners concede that their roof needs a replacement, they can save themselves a significant amount of time and money as an incredibly old roof will need repairs more frequently than roofs that are only around 10 to 15 years old.
Contractor Fees Aren’t Negotiable
When you hire a professional to help you service your home’s roofing system, they usually have a markup fee of 10% to 15%. Often, some homeowners will try to negotiate with their contractors to reduce or outright waive these fees in an attempt to save on their project costs, and, believe it or not, this can sometimes be a sore point for some contractors as they wish homeowners would understand that these fees aren’t negotiable. This is because the markup fee is used by your contractors to pay their subcontractors, material suppliers and other expenses to keep their business afloat with only a small amount going to their personal profit.
They Aren’t Trying to Create Extra Work
With the number of less-than-reputable contractors and fly-by-night roofers running amok, homeowners are well within their rights to be suspicious of roofers whenever extra work suddenly needs to be done on their roof. After all, a roofing project requires a significant amount to pull off, and, as such, you’ll want to be careful with who you give your money to – especially if you want your roof to last. However, you also need to know that not every contractor, especially the experienced ones, are trying to create extra work just to increase their profits. In fact, when you’re getting some roofing work done, it’s always possible that your contractor can find a brand-new problem that will have to be fixed before your new roof can be installed, especially if you weren’t very proactive in your roof’s maintenance. Otherwise, your new roof may break down earlier than it should.
They Want You Out of the Way
If you’re getting a new roof, your roofer isn’t going to tell you where you can and cannot go in your own property. However, you need to understand that since a roofing project generates a lot of debris, some roofing contractors want you to stay out of their way so you can avoid sustaining injuries. With that in mind, when you’re getting some roofing work done, it’s best that you stay inside unless you have any questions you need answered or concerns you want addressed.
The Permit Office Won’t Allow for Every Special Provision
As the homeowner, you’re well within your rights to request a few things from your contractors. But sometimes a roofer can’t always accommodate your requests. Before you get upset at them, keep in mind that it’s not always their decision to make; in fact, if they can’t cater to the provision you want done, there’s a high chance that the permit office themselves made the call. This means that they can’t accommodate your request in good conscience as this can have repercussions in their relationship with the permit office and, potentially, affect their business in the process.
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