Autumn and winter are the seasons where most homeowners find out how tough is their roof. Heavy rains, winds, hail, and snow, can take its toll on the best of roofing systems. But, every roof can only withstand so much before you need to hire a roofing company to put your roof back together.
When it comes to hiring a roofer, avoid these common homeowner mistakes that we see all too often. Since we know you’re not experts on roofing, here is our homeowner checklist that you should go over with any potential roofing company before you hire them.
Check the license with your local building department
Every legitimate roofer or contractor will have to get a license for the work that they are doing. In the state of Colorado, there is no statewide license for roofers and contractors, so make sure that the roofing company you choose is licensed in the city or county where the project is located.
If you are handed a license from a potential roofing company, check it with your local building department to make sure that license is valid for your area. Roofing is a cut throat business, and roofers will lie – or embellish – a little on their resume and their abilities. Don’t just take their word for it, check up on the company that you are thinking about hiring.
Never go with the first and the cheapest
You get what you pay for, and if you hire the cheapest roofing company, you’ll get cheap workmanship and cheap materials. Cheap never yields quality results and customer service. Cheap only means more frequent cheap fixes, which, when you add them up may end up costing your more in the long run than spending extra on a Quality Roofing company in the first place.
Once you’ve researched your roofer and you are sure that they have the proper license and a good reputation among previous customers, it’s time to get more specific about the job at hand.
Questions to ask your roofer:
- What type of underlayment will be used?
- Will the flashing be replaced?
- Will you replace ventilation or pipe boots?
- How much of the old materials will be reused or recycled?
We know you’re on a budget, and of course, a Quality Roofing company will be able to help you understand the project and the materials needed, as well as find the solutions that will work for your home and your budget.
A quality roofing company will make you a part of the project and make sure you understand what the work entails so you can help make informed decisions. The reason you are hiring a professional is because you are not one yourself. You may only see that your roof is leaking water, or that there are a few damaged shingles. A subpar roofer will take on your project and only fix the shingles you mentioned, but won’t get to the root of the problem or won’t take proactive measures to make sure that the problem doesn’t repeat itself. A quality roofer will look at the big picture and help you find the source of the problem and fix the roof using the best materials and the most efficient solutions. Costs may go up, but the work will last longer.
Remember, YOU are the one hiring the company. You can ask as many questions as you want and a quality roofer who appreciates quality work and quality customer service will expect their customers to do their due diligence, research and ask questions.