When it comes to roofing replacement and repair, a lot of people think they’re doing what’s best, but really they’re cutting corners. When you cut corners, you make mistakes, and you aren’t going to get the best result. Here are some common roofing mistakes we see homeowners make when it comes to roofing, plus how to avoid them.
Common Roofing Mistakes
Doing it Yourself
There are a lot of things you can do around your home that are incredibly DIY-friendly. Re-doing your own roof, however, is not one of those things—for a number of reasons. First, it’s not safe unless you know what you are doing and have the proper safety equipment.
The last thing you need, aside from installing shingles wrong, is to get injured while doing it. Always hire a professional when it comes to anything related to your roof.
Hiring a Friend or Family Member
Everyone knows a guy who knows a guy or has a brother or cousin who is a great handyman. But, there are a lot of reasons why you may not want to hire them to work on your roof.
First of all, you are making yourself liable for any mishaps and injuries. If your family member or friend is helping you by working on your roof, they are relying on you and your insurance to cover anything that may happen. Unless they are a licensed contractor, they will not have the protection against those kinds of things.
Second, you are probably not going to have quite the turnaround you would get by hiring a contracting company. If they do handyman stuff on the side, chances are they also work another job and your timeline is going to have to work around their schedule, as well as yours. This can complicate things, and prolong them outside of the tight window that we at First American Roofing can give you. You may be waiting for this roof for a long time.
Also, they may not be able to get you the discounts and deals on materials that a professional contractor can. You may be saving a buck labor-wise, but the cost of materials will be exponentially higher and for possibly less quality.
Trying to Save Money on Either Materials, Installation, or Both
In line with hiring cheaper work by DIYing your roof, or asking friends and family to help, cutting costs on materials may not actually be worth it in the end. Trying to save money on either end means you are spending more elsewhere, but without the combination of good materials and good service, you may not get the end result you hoped for.
Say you are saving a buck on materials, but then hire someone at an exponentially higher rate. This person isn’t familiar with that brand—or isn’t as skilled as other contractors—and you may end up with a very poor end result.
On the other end, saving money on installation but using high-quality materials can have the same effect. At First American Roofing we are a GAF Certified Contractor who uses certified materials that we work with every single day, so we get really accustomed to it, and know our products inside and out. Master Elite® Certification is GAF’s factory certification program that provides ongoing training to roofing contractors, like us, and assurance to you that the roof will be completed well and professionally.
A contractor uses the same materials for many reasons—being well acquainted with how to install them properly being the most important. Make sure you don’t cut corners, and just hire right the first time. Your certified contractors can take care of the rest.
Not Getting a Manufacturer’s Warranty
Whether it’s poor installation, the age of your house, or severe weather, things happen that can diminish the integrity of your roof over time or damage it within minutes. Not having a reliable warranty on your shingles can make all the difference between having to pay for two roofs, or one.
As a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor, we know the importance of having warranties on our products. In fact, we recommend GAF’s Lifetime Roofing System with a Golden Pledge Warranty. This is one of the industry’s very best warranties. Homeowners get lifetime coverage for material defects, and 25 years of workmanship coverage, backed by the nation’s largest shingle manufacturer.
When you think about owning your home for 20, 30, 40 years or more, a lifetime warranty just makes sense. You will be so happy you went with products and contractors backed by such protection.
When you are in need of roofing repair or replacement, we are more than happy to assist you. With our GAF Master Elite® Factory-Certified Contractor label, and our highly professional team, you can’t find much better. Call (608) 305-2257 for a FREE estimate today!