7 Things Contractors Wish You Knew About Roofing Work

Jan 25, 2021 | listicle, roof replacement, Roofing

If you need to get a roofing project done for your home, it’s never recommended that you try to get the job done on your own. After all, it’s such a significant investment with plenty of room for error. Not to mention that if you’re a homeowner with no experience in repairing or replacing roofs, a DIY could be costly if you make mistakes. As such, it’s best that you leave it in the hands of the professionals to repair or replace your roof.

There are plenty of benefits to hiring a roofer to get your roof fixed up. By hiring a roofer, the project can run faster and smoother and you can save a significant amount of money and time compared to a DIY. But according to experts, there are also a few things that roofers wish you knew about the job.

Expert roofing contractor Turner Home Improvement lists below the seven different things contractors wish homeowners knew about roof work:

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  1. Price Does Not Always Equate to Quality – When homeowners are getting their roof repaired or replaced, most often carry this false notion that price is equal to quality. In fact, some homeowners tend to think that a cheaper material means the quality is better. However, this isn’t exactly always the case. Roofs aren’t commodities that allow bargain hunting to pay off. Alternatively, paying an exorbitant amount on material doesn’t also always mean that its quality is good. With that in mind, don’t hesitate to approach a professional roofer for their assistance and advice when trying to pick an appropriate material for your roofing system.

  1. The Contractor Fee Isn’t Negotiable – When you hire a roofing contractor to help you repair or replace your roof, they’ll usually include their 10% to 15% markup fee in your estimate. However, some homeowners try to bargain with their contractors to lower this markup fee in order to save on their expenses. Understandably, this can be a bit off-putting to some contractors and they wish that you knew that contractor fee aren’t negotiable. While they’ll try to do everything they can to help you save on expenses, you also need to remember that they are a business and the markup fee can help them pay subcontractors, material suppliers and other business expenses. As such, they don’t have the option of reducing this fee when trying to help you save. 

  1. Know When Your Roof Is Beyond Repair – There’s nothing wrong with trying to salvage your roof for as long as possible by having it repaired. However, expert roofers also say that you need to understand that sometimes a roof can be beyond repair, so it’s best that you have it replaced as soon as possible instead. This is because repeatedly repairing a roof that’s too old or has sustained too much damage can cause even more problems for you and your home and can cost you more money in the long run instead of helping you save. Therefore, if your roofer tells you that it’s best to have your roof replaced instead of repairing it, it’s best that you follow their advice and have your roof replaced as soon as possible.

  1. Maintenance Is Important – According to roofing pros, some homeowners can be a bit lax when it comes to roof maintenance. This is because since they don’t see any damage, they think that the roof doesn’t need any maintenance. But as some homeowners will eventually come to know, this isn’t exactly the case, as not every damage your roof sustains can be seen by the naked eye. If you want to be certain that your roof is still in good condition, it’s highly recommended that you remain as proactive as possible with your maintenance. To do this, simply enlist the services of an expert roofer and have your roof inspected every now and then.

  1. They Aren’t Trying to Create Extra Work – When you’re getting your roof done, additional work will have to be conducted depending on the results of the inspection your roofer carried out. While homeowners have every right to be on guard, what with the number of roofing scams occurring, one thing you need to know is that roofers aren’t trying to create extra work to get more money out of you, especially if you hired a reputable contractor to get the job done. Usually, extra work will have to be done because they are obligated to repair every issue that is found on your roof before they install the new one. While it can be annoying that this will cost you more, it is the best move to go for in the long run as it ensures that your roof will last for a longer time. 

  1. They Want You Out of the Way – Believe it or not, when you’re getting a roof repaired or replaced, residential and commercial roofing specialists actually don’t want you around when they’re doing their jobs. While this doesn’t mean you need to leave your property, it does mean that you shouldn’t hover around your contractor watching their every move. As such, when you’re getting some roofing work done, it’s best to stay inside the property and let your contractors work in peace.

  1. They Don’t Want to Reuse Old Materials – When homeowners are getting their roofs repaired or replaced, some tend to request that their contractors reuse old materials to cut costs and reduce the amount of roofing waste that goes into landfills. While there’s definitely nothing wrong with wanting to save up on the costs of your roofing project, you need to know that your contractors don’t actually want to reuse old materials as they can easily fail once they’ve been removed and reinstalled. This in turn can cost you more money in the future because you won’t just need to have them replaced, but you’ll have to pay for additional labor as well.

Make your search for residential and commercial roofing specialists easier by approaching the pros of Turner Home Improvement. With over 60 years of experience in the roofing industry, we have become the number one service provider to turn to when it comes to roof repair and replacement projects. We are dedicated to providing homeowners nothing but the best when it comes to products and services. You can rely on us! Give us a call at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us and get a FREE estimate today! We serve homeowners in CT and other nearby areas.