Two contractors appear before you, one on your left and one on your right. The one on the right speaks comprehensively about providing the right solution for your home needs. The one on the left emphasizes his low rate. Because price matters, you pick the contractor that will cost you less money. Simple, right? But before you open your checkbook, here are just a few things to keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor.
First, not all roofers are made equal. It takes more than a ladder and knowledge of building codes to provide quality roofing service. Superior roofing companies pass strict certification requirements, such as the ones necessary to become a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. Superior roofing companies also develop new ways to become more productive and enhance the industry in which they operate.
Second, a “one-size-fit-all” approach to material rarely works. A roofer who knows his shingles but cannot explain the advantages of upgrading to metal or tile roofing systems may not be right for you. Knowing how to select an appropriate roofing system for each home is an essential part of a superior roofer’s job.
Third, beware cost cutting due to cheap materials. Some homeowners in the Bay Area are unaware that the contractor they hired has used recalled shingles. Unfortunately, these shingles may crack, curl, become warped or deteriorate prematurely. The results may include leaking and lead to other damage to the home.
Finally, the need for proper ventilation is crucial. A home’s energy bills can be directly impacted by the proper installation of a ventilation system to control heat in the summer and moisture in the winter. The effects can be felt immediately after installation, and not only can it lower cooling and heating costs, it also sustains a longer life of the roofing materials.
Now take another look at the contractors on your left and right. One places a ladder against your roof, while the other places a value on enhancing and protecting your home. The sensible choice is the one whose work you can live with long after he’s left the building.