Any homeowner that’s facing a roofing crisis knows the hassle and worry it can bring. And while any DIYer may consider themselves handy enough to take on a large project like fixing or patching a roof, you may want to think twice before strapping on a fall-protection harness. It’s important to consider the crucial role your roof plays in protecting your entire home.
A well-done roof job will mean the difference between a dry house with a safe structure and a potential hazard that can cause financial ruin. While a new or repaired roof can be a large investment, it’s a wise one. According to Remodeling Magazine, a new roof increases home resale value by a national median of $12,000. Additionally, homeowners with new roofs could recover an average of 62.9 percent of the installation cost through the increased value.
While the materials used on the roof impact the return on your investment, the cost of the project and the actual value of your building after the change, most homeowners will increase the value of their property when they sell their property.
Because of this, finding a reputable, trustworthy contractor that’s right for you shouldn’t be a task that you take lightly. Whether you’re deciding to take on the challenge yourself, or are considering hiring professional help, here’s 10 reasons you may need a roofing specialist.
1) Get Free Estimates and Quality Guarantees by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
If you’re thinking of hiring a roofing specialist, you don’t have much to lose by calling them up and asking them for help, initially. Most contractors with a strong reputation put customers first, meaning they’ll offer you the best service in the industry, including free estimates and inspections. The majority provide complimentary, full-service interior and exterior roof inspections to help determine what your specific needs may be.
Additionally, you should receive a warranty or quality guarantee that keeps you at ease knowing the roof is built to last. A professionally built roof will also use the best materials to protect your home from any rain, snow, hail, wind, ice and even UV rays from the sun. Additionally, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong with your roof in the future, you have a resource to reach out to for help.
2) Get More Experience by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
If you have almost no construction beyond simple fixes around the house, a roof repair or replacement job may be over your head. There are very specialized techniques and methods to make a roof operate properly, and contractors spend years perfecting their skills. They are properly licensed, certified and insured to repair, rehabilitate or install roofs on a number of different types of buildings.
Those that try to do roofing repairs on their own often dramatically underestimate the challenges. From finding the right materials at fair prices to understanding architectural structures and more, a contractor will know exactly what your home’s needs are. If you go-it-alone, you may just end up making more of a mess than you already had, and will end up hiring someone anyway.
3) Save Money by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
When you factor in time saved, potential errors that can cost a fortune and all of the special tools and materials you’ll need, a contractor really isn’t that much more expensive when compared to doing it yourself.
When shopping around for the best contractor, get several quotes to widen your pool of candidates. It’s estimated that the cost and labor for an asphalt roof for a 1,200-square-foot house in larger markets across the country ranges between the prices of $4,100 and $6,000.
4) Protect Your Safety by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
While working on a sloped roof may be inherently more dangerous than working on a flat roof, anytime you work at heights, you put your safety at risk. In fact, falls from roofs account for one-third of all fall fatalities in the construction industry. If you’re considering doing it yourself, that fact should be a stark eye-opener. Never work on a roof alone — always have another person there working with you, to make sure you are safe during the whole project.
When doing roof repairs, you put yourself at serious risk of falling at least a story to the ground. Not only that, you’ll need to invest in proper protection gear, such as a fall protection harness that’s attached by a tether to an anchor in the home’s structure. Not only do professionals have the knowledge to get the job done right, they also have the tools needed for whatever challenges your roof may possess. Their equipment allows them to do all the repairs, and remain safe as well.
5) Get Professional Results by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
When doing a roofing job, you want the job done right, without hassle, the first time. Even if you do have some experience, roofing specialists will have the expertise to avoid eye-sores or any other issues with the uniformity of style. Additionally, they know the ins and outs of residential building codes, zoning laws and other necessary items that are required by the government before undertaking construction.
If you really want to increase your home’s curb appeal, hiring a professional roofing specialist is the way to go. They will always bring a higher-level of knowledge, and thus workmanship to the job. They’ve experienced almost everything and have quick solutions to both small and large problems that can often occur during the construction process.
6) Save Time by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
While you may save a little bit on your budget if you do it yourself — and do it correctly. However, is it really worth your time? A roofing project, no matter how seemingly small it appears, can take an immense amount of time. When you factor in special material delivery, inclement weather and even permit approvals, it can really stretch out your timeline.
A professional roofing company will have the skill and knowledge to get the job done quickly and efficiently. For most average size homes the project can be completed in one day by a small crew.
7) Increase Home Property Value by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
As we stated prior, installing a new roof on your home can increase the resale value of your home; the national median is a $12,000 increase. When you do decide to put your home on the market, it will be essential to have legal documentation providing proof of the roof’s age. By also showing that it was professionally installed, you have another great selling point to entice the buyer to close. Also, a workmanship warranty almost always passes over to the new owner, so they also receive the same peace of mind you did.
At the end of your roofing project, and eventual selling of your home, you can expect to get back a whopping 62.9 percent (average) of the installation cost through the house’s increased value.
8) Lower Material Costs by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
If you’re experienced in the roofing industry and have some connections to suppliers, you can lower your overall costs for materials, the same as a professional would. However, if you don’t have either of those things, you’ll never get as fair of a price on materials as you will when working with a contractor. They’ve spent years in the industry, building up relationships with suppliers, fellow contractors and subcontractors, and can often get a reduced price for all materials.
Professional roofers are experienced at buying materials. They know which materials are right for your kind of roof and where to find them. Most DIYers will only have access to the materials in stock at home improvement stores. Additionally, if you don’t have the skill to properly install or repair a roof, you will probably spend more cash to eventually hire a contractor to not only fix your mistakes, but also the needed installation work.
9) Know whether to Repair or Replace by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
One of the biggest challenges a DIYer will face when facing a roofing project is knowing whether a roof should be salvaged as opposed to replaced. A roofing specialist will know exactly what problems can be fixed and which will require a major overhaul. If you try to analyze it yourself, and make a mistake, you could end up costing yourself big-time.
10) Gain Peace of Mind by Hiring a Roofing Specialist
With adequate knowledge and experience, roofing specialists will provide you with an honest evaluation of your roof’s condition and recommend which solution is best for your particular situation. Whether it’s a few patches or an entire overhaul, an expert will get the job done efficiently, effectively and affordably.
As soon as you notice wearing, tearing or damage to your roof, get in touch with a contractor immediately. They will guide you through the best way to solve the problem. Because they have years of industry experience that any DIYer simply could not have (unless they are a retired roofing contractor, themselves), they are better able to spot problems and recommend solutions, giving you peace of mind knowing that your home is in the best hands.
Installing a new roof on your home is a wise investment, that will significantly increase the functionality, beauty and value of your home. Whichever type, style or size of home you own, a professional contractor can help you get the maximum return on your investment with a high-quality roof installation.
Northface Construction proudly offers many different services within our roofing division, from repair to rehabilitation to installation and much more. Whether you want a roof with base-model asphalt shingles, luxury clay tiles or anything in between, you’ll benefit from gorgeous, functional roofing installed by a dedicated team of experts. We work with you to bring your dream home to life.
Get in touch with one of our dedicated account managers to see how we can help you with any roofing issue you may have – contact us today!