Roofing is not something a lot of people think about until it becomes an issue they have to deal with. Installing a new roof may not seem that complicated, but there are a lot of things to consider. You need the right materials, proper safety procedures and quality installation.
Home Roofing Mistakes
It is always best to use professional roofing contractors to avoid the many pitfalls that come with roofing projects. Here are 5 of the biggest mistakes homeowners make during new roofing projects.
Buying Materials Themselves
Roofing materials are readily available to purchase through hardware stores and manufacturers. The internet allows you to make savvy shopping decisions, too, giving you the ability to compare prices and read reviews until you find the best deal. But unless you know how to precisely measure your roof and how to install the tiles, you’ll probably end up ordering too many or too few materials for the job.
There are many important considerations to make when selecting and purchasing materials for a new roof. They have to meet structural, ventilation, installation and safety requirements and standards. A lot of manufacturers only offer warranties for materials installed by licenced roofing contractors.
Buying your own materials may seem cheap, but it rarely works out that way in the end. Roofing contractors generally have long established relationships with suppliers, giving them access to package deals and discounts not available to the average consumer.
Roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It involves working from extreme heights on huge inclines with uneven footing and slippery surfaces. There are plenty of DIY jobs that property owners can perform, but roofing is not one of them. It’s just not worth risking injury or death just to reduce costs.
Safety aside, knowing how to install and repair tiles doesn’t come easily. Some homeowners end up damaging their roof further when they try to conduct their own repair jobs. Not distributing weight properly, not using the right tools, and not really knowing how to work with the materials can all make the problem worse than it was.
For these reasons, roof installations and repairs should only be carried out by insured, qualified and licenced roofing professionals, like the Roof Top Industries Team.
Going for the Lowest Price without Examining Quotes
A lot of professional roofing contractors offer free measures and quotes. This allows you to compare different roofing companies and select the best possible deal. But too many homeowners get excited when they see a low price and jump into a contract with the cheapest roofer without properly examining the quotes.
When looking at multiple quotes, analyse the items on the list to see if the price differences are due to omitted or additional services. Make sure they have the same scope of necessary material, labour and warranty. A significantly lower price often indicates a contractor who is cutting corners, using poor quality materials or is dishonest.
Remember that a lower price generally means a lower quality job. Question the roofer about their quote. A professional roofing contractor will be forthcoming about their services.
Prioritising Speed over Quality
Sometimes homeowners are understandably in a hurry to have a roof repaired or installed. However, they should be wary of dubious contractors advertising immediate starts. While it is possible for quality roofing contractors to be able to work on premises immediately if they had a cancellation or if they’re in an offseason, you should always do a little more investigating.
It can be hard to differentiate between a reputable and established roofing company and amateurs who have concealed their inexperience with savvy website designs. Make sure you conduct the necessary checks on licences, insurance, qualifications, experience and warranty before signing any contracts.
Forgetting about Warranty
You’d be surprised how often homeowners forget to ask about warranty while pouring over all the details of their new roof. Your contractor should offer you both material and workmanship guarantees in writing.
This demonstrates the professional nature of the roofing company and expresses the contractor’s confidence in their work and the materials that they used. Working with an experienced contractor who has been in business for a long time increases the likelihood that they will be able to honour the warranty in the future.
Deal with Experienced Roofing Companies
Roof Top Industries have more than 30 years of experience installing and repairing roofs in Perth, Wangara and Western Australia. We know all the best techniques for achieving an attractive, functional and long-lasting roof. Avoid all the common mistake sand come to us for friendly, honest advice and a free measure and quote. Contact us today.