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Benefits of Hiring a Roofing Contractor Instead of Doing the Job Yourself
It can be dangerous to be on the roof of your house. Each day, there are numerous falling accidents all over the country. If you are not experienced in working on a roof, it would be difficult to think through every scenario and ensure your safety. Professionals know what safety measures need to be taken and have the appropriate equipment to protect their employees.
Installing a roof on your home will take a very long time if you do it yourself. Most home owners do not know what they are doing and will be learning as they go. This makes the process go slower and be more difficult. You will also have to spend time collecting the necessary tools needed to complete the job. Plus, if you make a mistake, you will have to figure out how to fix it, taking even more time.
Roofing contractors work installing roofs each and every day. This means that they know what they are doing. They have spent years perfecting their own skills and hire employees who have specialized skills. This means that roofing contractors will know how to calculate needed materials and all of the processes to install the roof correctly.
Roofing contractors already have the equipment needed to successfully and efficiently install a roof. The average homeowner may have some of these tools already, but most would need to go out and make a few purchases. Some of the equipment needed to install a roof include a roofing hammer, roofing shovel, pry bars, framing square, caulking gun, chalk line, tin snips, hammer tacker, power nailer, saws, safety equipment, ladders, and tools for cleanup such as brooms and magnets for collecting rogue nails and screws.
Importance of a Roofing Job Done Correctly
It is very important to have a roof installed correctly. The roof protects the entire house and leaks are going to lead to problems, more time, and more money down the road. The roofing contractor will have the knowledge to make sure that your house is protected, plus many will offer a guarantee and come back to fix any problems that may arise. The roofing contractor and the crew also have the know how to make sure the roof looks great.
Hiring a professional to install a roof means that they and you will be protected while the company is doing the job. Another aspect of insurance to mention, is your homeowners insurance. If a natural disaster occurs and you file a claim for your roof, your insurance company will not agree to pay a claim if you installed your own roof and did it incorrectly. When coming out to inspect damage for a claim, the company will want proof of proper and licensed installation.
Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring Them for the Job
Is your company equipped with commercial liability insurance and can you prove that it is up to date?
Do you provide a warranty for workmanship above and beyond the manufacturer’s warranty that comes with the materials?
How many years has your roofing company been in business?
Do you hold proper licensing required by the state?
What is the scope of projects your company performs?
How many years of experience does your crew have?
What happens if you do not complete this job?
Can I see a worksite where your company is currently working?
Can I see reviews of your work and talk with references?
What payment methods do you accept?
Is payment due before or after the job?
Is the cost of tearing off the old roof included in the price?
Do you have experience with the type of roofing material I hope to have installed?
What happens if there is severe weather during the installation process?
What type of schedule should I expect during installation and how long will it take?
Will your crew need anything from me during installation?
Will you need to store materials at my home before the project begins?
What to Expect When a Roofing Contractor Comes to Your House
There will be a lot going on when it is time for the crew to come install your new roof. Before the project starts, materials will be delivered to your home. These will need to be stored until the crew begins work. A dumpster may also be delivered for the materials torn off the roof.
On a small house, the re-roofing job should only take one day. Larger or complicated roofs may take additional days. It can get noisy during roof installation, so it may be best to plan the day away from home. Just be sure to meet the crew in the morning to make sure they have access to power outlets and to address any other needs they may have. Then, be near a phone all day to be available if anything comes up during installation.
The crew will set up ladders all around your house and some roofing debris may fall while they are working. There will also be some vibrations during the installation process, so it is best to take down any especially fragile items in the home. Be aware that some debris may fall into the attic, so cover anything that may need protection.
When the project is complete, the crew should clean up the yard, driveway, and walkways. They will do their best to collect nails and other metal with a magnet. Be aware that it is easy to miss small metal pieces and you will need to watch out for it for a while. Ask for a return trip from the company if they did not do an adequate job cleaning up. Payment is normally due upon completion and the roofing contractor should present an itemized invoice for your information.
What Type of Training do Roofing Contractors Get?
Each state has different regulations and licensing requirements. Some states only require a business license, while others require some sort of registration, and others have more stringent licensing requirements. Those that have more stringent licensing requirements will often require the applicant to pass an exam, show proof of insurance, and also have a certain amount of experience.
Most roofing contractors learn on the job. It is common to start as a laborer or apprentice. Some trade schools or companies may offer apprenticeship programs to help roofers learn on the job. After this, a roofer seeking a license will need to work at journeyman level, and then be a foreman or supervisor. Only after gaining this necessary experience, can someone become a roofing contractor. In states that require an exam, studying will be necessary. There are study guides to use to prepare. In some cases, a roofing contractor may choose to pursue a degree in construction management to further their career.