So you need roof work done but you want to save money. Questions will come up. Do I try to save money by hiring a less experienced roofer? Could I save some cash if I buy my own supplies? Or even, hmmm…can I do some roof work myself?
OK I get that saving money is a great thing, but your roof protects your home and is an investment so this week I hope to help you make smart choices when dealing with it. Here are some important things to consider I believe in the pursuit of saving money :
1.Buying your own materials
Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, you need someone qualified to order the RIGHT materials at a COMPETITIVE price.
In this way not only do you minimize having incorrect quantities or products, the contractor may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers. A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system. This is peace of mind.
2.Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself
OK unless you have lots of experience, roofing is dangerous and difficult work. Do you know we sometimes get calls from homeowners who start the task and then call us part way through because they realize they are in over their heads?
In my opinion, a good roofer is money well spent. They have the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level that are worth it.
3.Installing a product that does more damage than good over time
Not all products are good products for your roof and a pro can help you figure out what you really need for your situation. Here is a good example: Flush mounted skylights. They typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water. Under heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks. Rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof.
4.Not hiring a solid contractor
Make sure that you do your homework and check around for roofers by asking friends, family and co-workers about their experiences. Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and see if there is a company website for a feel and feedback on the contractor’s work history. You want a company with a great finished product and remember cost is not the #1 factor necessarily in the right choice.
I have been serving the Niagara Region with my Class Eh! Roofing team for over a decade and look forward to hearing from you if you do need ANY roof services for your home or business. Contact me today and I will guarantee you get the best roofing products and services at the best price!
Phone: 289-687- 6924
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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!