A good roof over your head is important so here are the biggest misconceptions you need to know about roofing.
1. Only Call a Roofer After an Emergency
Your roof needs to be maintained regularly so that emergencies can be avoided. A roofing maintenance program will:
Extend the life of roofing system
Reduce service calls
Maintain manufacturer’s warranty by meeting terms and conditions
Prevent loss of insulating value due to wet insulation
2. It is Good to Wait as Long as Possible for a Roof Replacement or Repair
Neither of these is true. Minor damage should be repaired immediately. Not only does roof damage and wear get worse over time, but the more damage and wear your roof has, the faster the damage escalates.
Also, a damaged or worn roof is more likely to leak, and leaks can result in expensive interior home damage besides just roof damage. Your ceiling and insulation, walls and flooring (whether carpet or hardwood) may end up needing repair or replacement due to a leak. Waiting too long = spending more money
3. All Roofing Material is the Same
Plain and simple, sub-standard roofing materials exist so ask your roofer where their materials come from and who the manufacturer is. Also find out what the manufacturer's warranty is on the products. Quality materials will often have lifetime guarantees (up tp 20 years).
Also remember that in a roof job there are many other products involved in replacing or repairing a roof that most homeowners have no idea about. Two of these items would be the underlayment and metal flashing used on your roof.
4. Going with the Lowest Priced Contractor is a Smart Move
This may or may not be true. The roofing contractor who provides the absolute “cheapest” estimate may not be the best estimate for you. They might NOT do things other professionals would never consider leaving incomplete or undone. Yet, it’s like this just to be able to provide a cheap quote.
A poor quality roof repair or replacement that comes with a cheap quote can take many forms. Often you can’t tell the difference in quality with the naked eye right after the job is finished. But make no mistake, you do get what you pay for and one day it will become clear about WHY you paid less.
5. All Roofing Contractors are the Same
Not true period. To protect yourself, check out their website, their online reviews, manufacturers they work with, certifications, warranties, years in business; and make sure they are responding to you in a professional and timely manner when they reach out.
Our team at Class EH! Roofing are here to help if you need advice, an estimate or any other roofing or exterior services in the Niagara Region. Please contact us today !
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!