When it comes to keeping your home in peak condition, nothing should be left to chance or luck. Proactive maintenance, regular inspections and thorough upkeep are needed to ensure that your living space is as efficient, comfortable and optimally performing as possible. A discerning homeowner such as yourself who subscribes to this type of thinking would naturally treat home improvement projects as a major investment.
People have different ways of measuring success. After all, success is objective and, therefore, a bit more difficult to quantify (if at all). But, generally, there are certain elements and aspects that can help define ‘success’, at least as far as roofing projects go. Make no mistake: it still isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. However, these criteria can more or less give you an idea of what a successful roofing project means or looks like. For starters, a successful roofing project:
Meets the Goals of the Homeowner
Before setting out and getting in touch with a contractor for your roofing project, you probably already have a pretty clear picture of what you want to achieve. Whether it’s a simple repair or a full-on roof replacement, knowing what you want to get out of the endeavor takes the guesswork out of the equation. If the goal is to have a better-looking roof for enhanced curb appeal, then the project should be geared to achieve exactly that. The same goes if you want to achieve a more energy-efficient roof.
Gets Completed Within the Given Timeframe
It might not seem like it, but roofing projects are time-sensitive. The longer your house is left exposed or ‘roof-less’, the bigger the threat to your health is. Not to mention that the longer any home improvement activity runs or extends, the more costly it will be for you.
Gets Completed Within Budget
Speaking of expenses, a roofing project can be considered successful if it stays within budget. A few unexpected additional costs should be fine as long as they are completely necessary, and they don’t put a strain on your funds.
4 Essential Tips for Roofing Success
1. Choose Your Roofing Contractor Wisely
A roofing project, along with the time, effort and energy needed to make it happen, is truly a major investment. This is why it’s extremely important for homeowners to choose their roofer carefully. But with a construction industry that’s becoming increasingly saturated with contractors claiming to be the best at what they do, how do you know which residential roofing company to hire?
Start With Three – Narrow your choices down to three roofers. This is an optimal and reasonable number – any more than three can just make you feel overwhelmed and even more confused. You can take your pick from your local pool of roofers. You can also choose a chain roofing company that offers their services in your area. Note that local roofers tend to be family-owned and -operated. So, if you’re looking for customized service and a more personal roofer-homeowner dynamic, choosing local is the way to go. In any case, you can always get in touch with your homeowners’ association or your neighbors for recommendations.
Check Their Credentials – Once you’ve chosen your top prospects, it’s time to begin the elimination process by verifying the credentials and affiliations of each roofer. A legitimate roofing entity should have a business license (if required by your state or local area) and should be fully bonded and insured. These are all for your security and peace of mind. Coordinate with your local department of occupational and professional licensing for a more thorough background check.
Take this time to verify the legitimacy of their roofing businesses by asking for pertinent details like their tax identification number, a working website and a physical business address. Remember, a reputable roofer should have a brick-and-mortar office or headquarters. Otherwise, consider it a red flag, and move on to your other prospects.
Ask for a List of References – Testimonies from past clients are a powerful tool you can utilize in determining whether a roofer is worth hiring. For this, you can simply go on their website, and check the reviews made by other homeowners. Again, you can even talk with your neighbors about how impressed they were with a particular roofing company’s work.
- Obtain a Written Proposal – A good way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to gauge the suitability of a roofing company through their proposal-writing competency. Sure, writing has very little to do with roofing. However, you want to determine a roofing contractor’s professionalism via subtle ways like attention to detail. If a roofing contractor takes the time to write up a detailed proposal for a prospective client, think about how they will treat you once you actually become their client.
2. Make Everything Known
After finally choosing a roofer you trust enough to work with, it’s time to talk about the project. Good communication is an absolute must for any home improvement project. Take every opportunity to voice out your concerns and preferences lest you end up with a roof that doesn’t meet your requirements. Spare no detail, from your budget down to the color and material of your new roof. It also helps to ask if they’ll be offering a complimentary cleanup service after the roofing or if that will be included in your final bill. Some companies offer a free seamless gutter installation along with your roofing installation. it never hurts to ask.
Don’t be afraid to be vocal, whether you’re commending the workers for a job well done so far or if you’d like some things to be done some other way (within reason, of course). Nobody likes to be micromanaged, but a good roofing company will appreciate your willingness to communicate. It’s fine if you’re not a fan of constantly having to check in with your roofer. Just make sure you have everything in writing.
3. Be Firm but Reasonable
Delays and setbacks are inevitable. This isn’t to say that you should lower your standards of what quality workmanship should be. Rather, be reasonable enough to compromise when absolutely necessary. For example, if your chosen roofing material will not work given your area’s climate, listen to your roofing company’s recommendation. It’s infinitely better to end up with a slightly different roof than initially planned than to get your preferred but underperforming roof.
4. Logistics, Logistics, Logistics
Before your roofing project becomes completed, there are certain practical aspects that you should first consider. Should you stay during the roofing project, or should you move out temporarily? No matter which course of action you take, know that one of the most essential keys to having a successful roofing project is to plan ahead. Working out the logistics beforehand can help you keep your sanity during the roofing.