Your home is easily one of your largest assets, but surprisingly many homeowners are not cautious when it comes to roofing or in the selection of a roofing contractor to protect their investment. Most homeowners will wait until there is a significant issue with their roof before considering roof system replacement. Sadly, many homeowners have no problem paying $7 to $8 per square foot for carpet installation, but when they are advised that a roof system costs $3 to $4 per square foot, this is often considered unreasonable. When it comes to protecting your investment, the roofing needs to be considered as important as the rest of the house.
Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Can Make
When the focus is on price, there always will be something cheaper around the corner. Make sure that when it comes time to select a roofing contractor, you locate a quality roofing contractor instead of choosing the one who is cheapest or can start the job right away. Beware of these special offers because there is usually a reason why certain contractors are available immediately, like the fact that nobody else is buying from them.
Before hiring a roofer, first consider how much research goes into buying a new car. You likely will not choose the cheapest model from a no-name auto manufacturer nor will you be impulsive. The roof that protects your home needs to be given the same consideration and priority as other major purchases. Consider these questions before you hire: How long has the roofing contractor been in business? Is his or her warranty longer than the number of years in business? Is the company licensed and insured?
Your roof is an investment and you need to be proactive in its care. Do not wait for a problem to show up before you give it attention. Understand the condition of your roof system and invest in maintaining it. Keep the roof regularly clean and clear of debris and additionally make sure the flashings and gutters are kept clear too. The more you do in a proactive capacity, the longer your roof will last, which means you get more for your investment. A roof system replacement should be done once or maybe twice at the very most, providing you take proper care of your roof. Do some research, give your roof a little TLC, and work with a professional to get the most out of your roof.