While not an exact science, Roofing is considered a skilled trade which can take many years to learn and even more to master. Managing the minute details that go into roof applications such as materials, design, techniques, and weather requires skillful knowledge and experience in putting the various components of a roof system into place correctly. The level of workmanship is the most important part of a successful roof installation as even the best materials fail miserably if installed incorrectly.
Roofs are very different today than 20 – 30 years ago. Improvements in design, technology and materials have resulted in many different varieties of roofs and as a result roofing has become a complex business. Knowing the best, most efficient methods of roof repair and installation while maintaining the least disruption to the homeowners life is critical to the roof’s quality and lifespan not to mention a companies reputation and success.
Your roof is a major investment. Fortunately, most do people do not need new roofs very often but when it’s time to replace it, you need to be sure it’s done right. Roofs protect everything we hold dear, from our loved ones to our most prized possessions. Being sure your roof is installed by professionals, with years of experience and expertise can give you peace of mind. Saving a few dollars for a “fast and cheap” solution simply is not worth it in the long run.
With Internet accessibility at an all time high, there is simply no reason a homeowner cannot perform some basic searches on the roof contractor they use and investigate a company thoroughly within an hour in most cases. Look for length of time in business and any certifications and awards they may have. Are they verifiable members of any professional associations such as the National Roofing Contractors Association? Do they have verifiable manufacturer certifications or awards from major companies such as GAF, Certainteed, Owens Corning or others? These things can tell you the level of expertise of the contractor you are hiring and you should be critical if the contractor you are considering lacks this information.
Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home and as such should be installed, maintained, and repaired by professionals, leaving it to an amateur could prove very costly as making “rookie mistakes” can cost homeowners thousands in damages and leave the roof structurally unsound. When the time comes to hire a roofing contractor, do your homework and be sure the contractor you hire is truly an expert.