1. DO-IT-YOURSELF – SOURCING THE MATERIALS AND INSTALLING THE ROOF SYSTEM YOURSELF
According to statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There are plenty of do-it-yourself maintenance jobs that property owners can perform, but roofing is not one of them. Roofing materials are readily available to purchase through hardware stores and through the manufacturers themselves, but that doesn’t mean you can replace or repair that roof yourself. Manufacturers will only offer a warranty for materials installed by a licensed contractor. Furthermore, there are important decisions to make when purchasing and installing a new roof system. There are structural, ventilation and installation requirements and standards that need to be met, not to mention safety issues. It is for this reason, that roof repairs or replacements should only be carried out by qualified, licensed and insured professionals, like All Weather Exteriors in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2. ACCEPTING THE LOWEST PRICE WITHOUT COMPARING QUOTATIONS
We are sure you have heard the expression, ‘you get what you pay for’ and the same applies for roofing estimates. If you have obtained several roofing quotations and one is well below the price of the other quotations, analyze the items listed and ensure that it is comparable. Confirm that the quotation includes the same scope of works, materials, accessories, and warranties offered. Often a significantly lower price than the others may indicate that the subcontractor will be cutting corners or using substandard materials. Also if a contractor claims to be the cheapest without even getting an estimate or will beat any quote, you do not want them working on your premises. They have to make a living like anybody else and the cheapest price generally doesn’t get you a quality job. You may initially pay less to go with the cheapest contractor but it might cost you more in the long run.
3. HIRING ROOFING CONTRACTORS THAT CAN START IMMEDIATELY
It may be possible for a roofing company to commence work on your premises immediately if they have had a cancellation or if it’s not peak season. However, you should always do a little more investigating. These days it is difficult to differentiate between a reputable and established roofing company and individuals who have recently started their business. With today’s technology, everyone can have a website, claim to be experienced and show you examples of their work by purchasing stock images. Ensure you place your premises in reputable and experienced hands and find out how long the roofing company has been in business. Do they have all the necessary licenses, insurances, offer warranties and are they certified by the manufacturers whose products they are proposing to install.
4. NOT DISCUSSING ROOFING WARRANTIES
With all the details involved in purchasing a new roof, many property owners forget to ask about warranties and what happens if something goes wrong with the roof after installation. Your contractor should be offering you both material and workmanship guarantees in writing. The workmanship warranty on offer demonstrates a roofing contractor’s confidence in their work and customer service. This reinforces the point that it is important to confirm how long the company has been in business and whether they have the ability to honor the warranty in the future.
A reputable roofing company should be a certified or approved contractor for the products they are installing. Leading manufacturers will only provide a product warranty on new materials if they are installed by a licensed roofing contractor. It is imperative to deal with an established company with a proven reputation. At All Weather Exteriors, we offer our clients an above industry standard, 10-year workmanship warranty.
AVOID THESE COSTLY MISTAKES
Your property is more than just a roof over your head, it is probably the single biggest investment you will make in your lifetime and your roof is undoubtedly the most important part of your premises. It protects your whole property against every weather condition, rain, hail or shine. So it is essential you look after your roof to protect your family and your investments and it’s even more essential that you use a reliable and professional roofing contractor to carry out any roofing repairs or replacements.
Don’t let your roof become your biggest regret, get quality roofing advice and service from professionals. Call All Weather Exteriors today at (204) 510-2959 or fill out our online contact form for a free quotation and friendly, professional advice.