There’s no doubt that making decisions about the maintenance of your home are never easy, especially when it can involve a large investment. There are many questions and concerns that you may have when it comes to big-ticket items, such as replacing your roof. Is it a good idea to try to repair your roof on your own? Should you go with the roofing contractor who has less experience but will charge you a significantly lower price? Is there a way that you can save money, for example, by providing your own materials to an experienced roofing contractor?
How you answer these, and other questions may lead you down a path that ends up costing you more money in the long run. However, once you know some of the common pitfalls to avoid when making decisions about your roofing situation, you can then make informed choices that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
The following are some common mistakes that homeowners make when deciding what to do about their roof. Avoid these when making decisions about your own roof repair or replacement:
There are many things around your home for which the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach is a good idea, but roofing is not one of them. Unless you have extensive experience and knowledge of roofing, it is best to leave repair or replacement to the professionals. While fixing or replacing a roof may look like any other construction project, it can be dangerous and difficult. Many times, homeowners will begin the work themselves to save money, only to have to call a professional roofer to fix what they have done – costing them more in the long run. There is a reason that roofing contractors are considered experts in their field: because they have the knowledge and experience to do the job right the first time.
It’s always a great idea to shop around for the best deals you can find. However, when it comes to the job of installing a new roof, it’s a better idea to let an experienced roofing contractor buy the materials for you. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, an experienced roofing contractor will know how much and what exactly to purchase, so you will avoid purchasing the wrong products in incorrect quantities. And two, an experienced roofing contractor will often get better pricing on materials because they already have established relationships with suppliers. Additionally, many contractors will provide you with a package deal consisting of high-quality work and a manufacturer’s warranty on the products.
There are many roofing products on the market these days that can be troublesome and even cause damage to your home over time. Depending upon what type of roof you have and where you live, there may be some features that are just not right for the design of your roofing system. For example, flush mounted skylights are popular design features, but they typically don’t have a very wide flange. That means that they cannot support large volumes of water. During heavy rainstorms, water may go beyond the flange and leak beneath the roof, possibly causing damage to your home. For that reason, flush mounted skylights are not right for every home. An experienced roofing contractor will take all aspects of your home and its location into account and help you decide which products will work best for you.
A new roof can be a large expense, so it’s important that you find a reliable, reputable roofing contractor to perform the job. Do your homework when you are looking for a roofer – don’t just go with the company that offers you the lowest price. Ask friends and family for referrals, check ratings and reviews online, and read company websites to find an experienced contractor with a good reputation and proven track record of quality work. You will find that it is well worth your time to do some research before you decide which contractor to hire.
At R2 Roof Guys, we have the experience, knowledge, and work ethic to provide Dallas area residents with the best workmanship and quality roofing products. Whether you need a roof inspection after summer storms, or a roof repair or replacement, we can help. Contact us today for a free estimate at 214-405-4396.