Hiring a Roofer: What to Expect
Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Kravelv
If you’re planning to have your roof repaired or replaced, you might be considering hiring the neighborhood handyman. His services will certainly be cheaper, and if he has an acceptable reputation, he may seem to be the best option. However, do you really want to risk your investment, home, and even the safety of your family to save a few extra dollars?
The Perks of Hiring a Professional Roofer
Your neighborhood handyman may know a thing or two about roofs, but can he follow legal roofing standards? A professional roofer not only does his work in accordance with the acceptable standards but also provides quality workmanship using durable materials. Roofers know their job so well that they can accomplish any task as quickly and reliably as possible, and they are able to do the job right the first time. Reliable roofers also offer guarantees and warranties about their workmanship and products.
When you hire a professional, experienced, and trained roofer, you are securing not just your investment but your safety as well, giving you priceless peace of mind.
What to Expect When You Hire a Professional Roofer
A roof may seem like a simple enough structure that only requires a little bit of know-how to build or repair. Well, it may seem that way, but remember that a roof goes over your head and protects the entire home. This is one of the reasons why there are roofing standards that need to be followed when fixing or constructing a new roof. In fact, there are maintenance standards as well.
Here’s what you can expect from a professional roofer.
Proper and thorough inspection
Before any work is done on your roof, you can expect the roofer to perform a thorough inspection. Every inch of the roof will be checked to identify any problems, points of failure, or any possibility of failure. Such inspections are important, especially when having the roof repaired. There is a high possibility that obvious damages to a roof may also indicate the presence of not-so-obvious problems.
There is also a possibility that the extent of the damage may be more than what you expected and could already be putting your safety at risk. If so, the roof may need to be replaced instead of just being repaired.
Once the roofer has inspected the roof thoroughly, you’ll be provided with a plan on how they will proceed and how much the project will cost. Even if you don’t know too much about roofing terminologies, be sure to have the roofer provide a detailed explanation that you can understand. A professional roofer should be more than willing to do so.
The biggest difference between professional roofers and wannabe amateurs is that professionals know how to communicate. This is because they know the specific solutions to every problem like the back of their hand; thus, it should be no trouble at all to explain things to you clearly. On the other hand, people who don’t really know what they are doing or are simply pretending that they do tend to shy away from questions so that homeowners won’t figure out that they don’t have a clue as to what needs to be done.
Moreover, professional roofers make sure that you’re informed about the progress of the project every step of the way. In fact, they document everything, so expect to receive emails, written correspondence, or even fax messages.
When hiring a professional roofer, you can also expect that they’ll be extremely organized in everything they do. They’ll make sure that they perform their work only when you’re available. They’ll present a schedule before the project starts and follow it as closely as possible. They’ll also ensure that a project manager is available to oversee the work and to address any of your concerns in real-time.
When you’re having work done on something as important as your roof, you’ll understand that workmanship is everything. A professional roofer knows this, so they’ll follow the standard procedures, making sure that safety is of utmost priority and ensuring that whatever work that needs to be done on your roof is accomplished as efficiently as possible.
Perhaps one of the best things about hiring a professional roofer is that their service doesn’t end once the project is completed. Professional roofers aim for total customer satisfaction. They’ll make sure that you provide positive feedback. They’ll also ensure that should you have any concerns about their work, you’ll receive the assistance you need at the time you need it.
When you consider all the perks of hiring a professional roofer, would you still want to hire your neighborhood handyman?
John Rogers is the president of Rogers Roofing. A passionate roofer himself, he writes helpful articles and blogs to educate and inform home and property owners whenever he’s not busy overseeing projects that his company handles. He enjoys playing baseball with his sons, and he never misses his daughter’s dance recitals. Catch his updates on the company blog.