When you own a home or commercial property you may need to have a new roof installed depending on the age of your current one. You roof is a very expensive investment that you should work to care for and keep in good condition. The best way to ensure that your roof is doing well is to schedule regular inspections to check for damage and leaks. You should also be clearing and cleaning out drains and gutters at least twice a year to prevent any water pooling that could cause extensive damage. When you are looking to make extensive commercial roof repair or even replace your roof there are a number of things you should avoid during your planning period. These mistakes can cost your unnecessary time, money and frustration and can lead to a lot of headaches and hassle as a homeowner or business person.
Having your mind’s priority on price
You are buying a new roof so choosing a contractor that quotes your the least amount isn’t a great idea. Being cheap on price will mean that you are paying for potentially sub par work in the attempt to save a few thousand dollars. Saving a little now may end up costing you much more down the road. When a contractor quotes you a price that seems well below the market average (assuming you have been researching quotes) then you might be getting yourself into a pickle. Roofing that installed without quality and care can lead to property damage, water damage issues and take a toll on the integrity of your commercial property or home. Don’t allow yourself to fall for lower prices for the sake of saving a few dollars. Instead, get estimates from a few different local roofing outfits. From there you can make an informed decision on which price is best for your budget without having to sacrifice quality and attention to detail.
Don’t skip your written estimates!
If you have a roofing outfit visit your property there is a good chance that the estimate was done for free. This is great because it saves you the expense of paying to get an estimate done. However, you need to make sure that you get the estimate written down in writing. Not getting proof can cost you big time if you end up working with a company that turns out to no be honorable. A company that doesn’t supply you with a written estimate after inspecting your roof can easily tack on more money by depending on the fact that you don’t have any recourse in the form of physical proof. It’s a ‘he said, she said’ situation at the point and it may end up costing your thousands more than you initially expected to pay.
Forgetting or failing to sign your contract!
When you haven’t taken the time to sign an official contract with the roofing contractor you have decided on, you could be getting yourself into a bit of trouble. A contract is a legal agreement that shows that the roofing contractor is committed to you and the project at a set price and date. It’s the document you will absolutely need if you have to go to court over a legal issue with the work. If you end up being displeased with the work, finding major faults, have issues concerning an injury on site or any other problems that will require a lawyer you better believe they will ask about your contract. Having a signed agreement means that you won’t be dealing with misunderstanding, miscommunications or any potential ambiguity. Before any work starts or payments are many you should have signed a contract to agree to the work being done.
Not Getting to Know Your Roofer
One of the easiest ways to cost yourself time and money is by not doing your research. You want to check on your roofer’s reviews online, look at their gallery of work if they have one, and generally understand their reputation. When paying big bucks to have your roof replaced you need to be sure that the company you choose is true to their word, worth their price point and able to get the job done right without issues. Not taking the time to learn about the roofing company you want to work with is about as smart as buying a car that you haven’t test driven. You need to understand how the community around you has found their work and how they compare to other local vendors with the same trade. Don’t get yourself into trouble by not doing the legwork to learn more about a company.
These four problems can happen regardless of whether you have a home that needs a roof replacement or a commercial property. Thankfully the California Roofing Pros work on both. We have four decades of experience in our field and can bring the best quality of labor to your doorstep. Give us a call to schedule your free estimate today (323) 870-9149