Newbies and Novices, Welcome!
Are you looking to install a new roof or repair your current roof? If you’re trying to fix your roof, make it safer or more green, and you don’t know a shingle from a shake, then you’ve come to the right place! Look through a few of our roofing tips for novices and get off on the right foot!
Can I Save Money By Fixing My Roof Myself?
DIY jobs on roof repairs or replacements are never a good idea unless you are a licensed roofing contractor. Truly. You may think you are saving money by not paying a professional roofing team for labor, but when you take into account rookie mistakes which will make your current roofing project much harder as well as risk further damage to your entire roofing system and house interior later? It’s clear it’s much cheaper and easier just to pay a professional to get the job right the first time than mess with accidental leaks later resulting in a mold infestation, insects burrowing into your house’s structure, and weaknesses which can break during a storm – and suddenly you have a hole in your ceiling. And you need an entirely new sound system.
Can I Save Time and Money By Buying Roofing Materials Myself?
Entirely possible. If you do some serious research to find out which manufacturers produce the most reliable lines of materials, and what their best lines are within your budget, you could certainly locate them yourself. However, it will be your licensed, experienced roofer who will know how much of which material will be needed and, in fact, where you can find them at the best price without compromising the integrity of the roofing products.
Most established roofers have suppliers they can order from directly. This can save you a lot of time and money alone.
How Do I Hire a Professional, Quality Roofing Contractor?
Easily! But just because it’s easy, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some caution when interviewing roofing companies. There are many faux-roofers out there who are looking to scam you, so know what to look for!
- Ask to see the roofing company’s liable insurance. They should always carry a copy of it with them
- Check their reputation. Ask for references of previous jobs so you can talk to their other clients and learn about the roofer’s ethics
- Check their Better Business Bureau standing! Ratings on the BBB and Angie’s List can go a long way in setting apart the legitimate roofing businesses from the scammers
- Ask about their license and credentials. If your roofer is a GAF Certified roofer, like Ryan Construction Systems, Inc., they will proudly give you all the proof you need! And you can find them in the GAF Certified Roofers online database!