Friday, 21 February 2014

Roofing- Why choose a professional?

Storm chasers- they are called. They literally chase storms and then dupe homeowners by offering to do a free inspection and then to fix the roofs after the storm. These fly by night contractors are known to create problems on the roof even as they supposedly inspect it. They will of course fix it temporarily and disappear off the scene leaving you with more serious problems to deal with a few months later. You will not find them to fix it again for you. BEWARE of such contractors.

Roofing your home is not something that can be taken lightly. Apart from the huge expense and the stress of getting the whole project done, you don’t want to deal with inefficient contractors and the disastrous after effects of a job shabbily done. It is essential to look for a professional to do the roofing for you. An established, well known contractor will help you fix any problem which may arise later.

A professional will thoroughly examine your roof and give you an idea of what needs to be done and the approximate cost estimate. Sometimes it may look like a simple repair but as the roof is opened up, it may turn out to be something more major, calling for even replacement of the roof. A professional will caution you beforehand about such issues. He may ask for some amount before he starts work, but not ask you to pay the whole amount upfront like fly by night contractors.

Another reason to choose a professional is the technicalities involved like a permit needed for replacement of roof. A professional will have a license and will be registered with the local authority. He will get the permit for you and follow all safety procedures to install the roofing. He will also most probably have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to check out whether he has the license and insurance.
While you research thoroughly and look for a contractor look for all the things discussed above and then decide. Don’t settle for the lowest bidder, but talk to neighbors, friends and relatives and get references. While most contractors use branded material, quality installation is necessary. Investigate more about that.

Most roof manufacturers require certified contractors to install their product to make the warranty valid .It thus makes better sense to buy the whole roofing system from the company who will install it for you. One such company is Champion Window. All other aspects related to roofing like attic ventilation, leak barriers etc. apart from the aesthetics is taken care of by their professionals. Not only that, reviews of Champion Window has customers expressing their satisfaction about the courteous service and the thorough job done by the company professionals.

Choose only a professional and don’t compromise on the quality of the work even if it may cost you a little more. Choose the right roof suitable for the climate you live in. If you live in regions prone to high winds, hail or storms choose material able to withstand these.

Right roof, right contractor = safe, comfortable home.

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