As in any form of home investment, it is highly recommended that you weigh your options before making any major decisions on how to maintain it. Listed below are some tips on ways to avoid any pitfalls when making decisions based on preserving your roof.
- Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself, if you are inexperienced.
Unless you have an extensive understanding of roofing, it is probably the wisest option to leave the roof work to the professionals. Ripping off a roof is dangerous and strenuous work. We have often been called in to “rescue” homeowners from projects that they began, but shortly 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 easiest, safest and less time consuming option.
- Purchasing your own supplies.
Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow a qualified contractor with a competitive price to purchase the materials for you. Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, the 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 will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system.
- Installing a product that will do more damage than good.
Not all products are good products for your roof. Contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good, forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly damage. Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights. They typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water. Under heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks. Rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof.
- Not hiring a qualified contractor.
It is highly recommended that you do your homework when it comes to finding a contractor. Find a reputable contractor to perform work on your home. Sometimes 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 the 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.
For more information about getting a new roof installed at your home, contact DaVinci Construction today.