No matter what season we’re in, it seems like our roofs are always in danger of damages. In the winter, we need to worry about ice build-up and water damage. In the summer, we need to worry about hail.
Fortunately, that’s what homeowner’s insurance is for. However, before you go about getting a new roof, there a few factors you need to consider to make sure you get the best deal and the workmanship you deserve.
1. DIY Roofing is a Bad Idea
First, while we don’t have a problem with finding new ways to save money or learning new skills, DIY roof repair is rarely a good option. First, roof work is dangerous, especially without experience and the proper safety equipment. Second, poorly executed roof repairs can lead to leaks, which can cause water damage, mold, and structural damage.
DIY roofing may save you money upfront, but will likely cost you dearly in the long run.
2. Compare and Contrast Costs
When looking to get a new roof, be sure to shop around and look into the various contractors in your area. Most of them will be willing to give you a free quote, which can be helpful in weeding out some of the competition.
However, remember that you often get what you pay for in contracting work. A cheaper bill may mean less quality in workmanship and materials.
3. Ask for Recommendations
If you’re having trouble finding a roofing company to help you build a new roof, ask around. Talk to your neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers. You can also use social media.
Log onto Facebook and join one of the local community pages (usually for buying, selling, and trading). These pages are also great sources for information about local businesses. Join the page and ask it’s members who they recommend for roof work.
4. Check Reviews and Before and After Photos
Once you have your list of potential roofing contractors, start doing a little research. Find their website and or social media profiles. From here, you can start looking at their customer reviews and testimonials to get a good idea about how people feel about their work.
You may also find before and after pictures on their website, which will give you a good indication of their workmanship and attention to detail.
5. Ask About Warranties
Talk to potential roofing companies about the types of warranties they offer. While they won’t be able to predict the weather or cover damages to your roof in all situations, most of them do guarantee their work and materials on a new roof or roof repairs. Warranty information may also be helpful in learning how to maintain your roof for maximum longevity.
Do You Need a New Roof?
If you know you need a new roof, we can help. We can also come by and check it out if you aren’t sure what to look for. Regardless of your roofing needs, you can count on us.
Contact us today to see what we can do for you.