As a building owner, being smart about who you trust to do work in your home or business is a crucial skill. Whether it’s to create a fantasy kitchen or to knock down that pesky wall and open up that living room space, you want to be able to rely on the contractor you select. When it comes to the roof of your home or business, this is especially paramount. Hiring the wrong contractor could lead to some unfortunate scenarios, so here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid!
Spending on Tear Off
“Do I just need a repair or do I need a brand new roof?” is one of the most stressful questions for a building owner. Sometimes a contractor could recommend a complete new roof when you don’t actually need one. It can be a tough call, because extensive repairs on a roof are quite pricey. When figuring out whether or not you should do repair or a new roof entirely, a good measurement is 25% saturation. If your roof is below 25% saturated, it is most likely a better option to go for a repair or something like a spray foam over the current system already there. If the roof is over 25% saturated, however, it might be worth the extra in the long run to tear it off and start fresh. Just make sure you do the research necessary to be sure.
Picking the Cheapest One
We know that the less money we can spend, the better, right? But the concept that we get what we pay for can definitely be more important. So you may ask yourself, “Should I hire the cheapest contractor?”. Is it worth it to spend more? When choosing a roofing contractor, we highly recommend considering this point carefully. A contractor may be more pricey than another because they employ better workers with stronger skill sets and more experience. They also may restrict their use of materials to only the highest quality. It is crucial to know that the price reflects the materials and the labor.
Forgetting an Internal Service Department
It is important that maintenance on your roof is done regularly, and it is always a great feeling to be able to have a good relationship with the company doing the work. So ask, does the contractor you are hiring have their own internal service department? This makes life easier. You can work with the same company year after year, with peace of mind knowing you can trust their work. Plus, they will always have workers available if anything sudden goes wrong. If a contractor doesn’t have their own service department, they would have to take someone off of another job to service your roof or outsource the workers. How do you know you can trust the job of the outsourced labor as much? Wouldn’t you much prefer to have a long standing history with the same folks who know you and your roof well?
Remember, routine maintenance on your roof is necessary for it to have a long and healthy life! So pick a contractor with high quality workers and materials and an internal service department, and always do your research before making any final decisions on your roof’s repairs or replacements. Call us at Pro-Seal today and we will be happy to answer any further questions!