Bad Roofing Decisions That Can Cost You

When it comes to maintaining our homes, we tend to focus on the things we can see every day, like floors, paint, and appliances. We can tell when they need a good cleaning, a touch up, or when they’re on their last leg. Roofing, however, is a different story.

Most of us don’t consider the condition of the roof until we notice a problem. Your roof and your home are your biggest investments. That’s why every homeowner needs to know how to protect their investments by avoiding common mistakes.

 

Avoid these common bad roofing decisions:

 

Why pay a professional when I can do it myself?

We all want to save money on home maintenance and repairs. And there are times when a little elbow grease on your part can save you money without sacrificing (too much) quality.

This is not true with bigger projects like roof installation. Roofing is a complex job that requires professional training. An improperly installed roof can result in damage to your attic, walls, and foundation.

Safety is another consideration. Even seasoned do-it-yourselfers underestimate the danger of taking on a roofing project themselves.

Also, there’s more to a roof than shingles. A roof is made up of several layers that work together as a system to protect your home. Proper installation of each component protects the roof, attic, walls, and foundation from wind, rain, ice, heat, and humidity.

 

I’m going to go with the company with the cheapest price.

Hiring the lowest bidder for your roof installation is a dangerous move. It may appear to save you money in the short-term but will likely lead to long-term trouble and costly repairs. It’s always less expensive to do things right the first time.

Whether you’re choosing a contractor for repairs or for a complete roof installation, there are some key questions to ask. Any reputable roofing company should be willing to answer your questions in detail and in a professional manner. Read more about choosing a roofing contractor.

 

My roof is showing some signs of damage, but I think I can squeeze out a few more years.

Depending on the type of roofing materials, you will need to replace it at some point. Delaying replacement of an old roof can cost you more money in the end. Waiting until you see obvious signs that it is in need of repair – water stains, sagging attic ceiling – is not necessarily going to save you money. In fact, the damage it may cause to your home can cost you big bucks. It’s always a good idea to get regular inspections.

 

I don’t clean the gutters that often. What harm can it really do? 

While you probably know that you shouldn’t let your gutters get clogged, you may not know why. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of damage to your roof, attic, and foundation.

If water gets behind your gutters, it can rot out your fascia boards. This puts your gutters at risk of collapse and also provides an opening for animals and more water to find its way into your roof. Clogged gutters can damage your foundation by allowing water to enter your basement or crawl space, which can lead to mold and other water damage. In winter, the water can freeze and actually crack your foundation.

 

Take action

Avoid these common bad roofing decisions by calling Absolute Exteriors in Ellisville, Mo., for a free, no obligation inspection. Delaying getting your roof fixed can lead to long-term damage, not only to the roof, but also inside and outside the home.

Find out how you can prepare for a home roof replacement.

 

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

A roof is one of the most important parts of your property. Keeping it in the best condition possible is important for the protection of your home and everything you own inside your home.

 

It can be a daunting task to choose a roofing contractor in Ellisville or Ballwin, but when you are ready to replace an old roof, build a new roof, or repair defects in your existing roof, follow these steps to select a qualified roofer.

 

1) Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and where applicable, a business license.

 

2) Don’t hesitate to ask a roofing contractor for proof of insurance. In fact, insist on seeing copies of his liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverage is in effect through the duration of the job. If a contractor is not properly insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.

 

3) Look for a company with a good reputation that offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied. You also can check with the local BBB to make sure the company is in good standing.

 

4) Insist on a detailed, written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.

 

5) Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge of your project, how many workers will be required and estimated completion time.

 

6) Contact the Better Business Bureau to check for possible complaints filed against the contractor.

 

7) Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties offered, and watch for provisions that would void it.

 

8) Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism, experience, and quality workmanship should weigh heavily in your decision, because these qualities do not come cheap.

 

At Absolute Exteriors, we meet or exceed all of these requirements and look forward to working with you on your roofing project. We are hardworking, honest, reliable, and provide affordable roofing solutions. Give us a call today.