Did your roof just show signs that it needs fixing?
If you’re like most homeowners, you would skip the process of finding and hiring professional contractors. Instead, you head over to the nearest hardware store, get a few materials, and start a DIY roof repair.
While this sounds heroic and economical, the truth is that it puts your roof (and your life) in danger.
Let us tell you that here at Straight Arrow Roofing, our professionals have developed “sea legs.” This is a term given to people who’ve mastered the art of balancing on unstable surfaces. Just think of sailors on a moving ship.
This is just one of the many reasons why professional services outperform a DIY roof repair. Without further ado, let’s talk about the benefits of hiring the pros.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional Roofing Contractor (Instead of a DIY Roof Repair)
We already know why you should always go for the experts but let’s dive deeper into the topic.
1. Save time in all aspects of a roof repair.
Just think about how much time will be spent on planning the DIY roof repair. If this is your first time, then surely, researching takes hours and days. But not only that! You have to gather all your materials, go back and forth to the store (if you forgot some), and figure out how the repair goes.
Tiring, right? So instead of going through the hassle, go for a professional. They’ll be able to go up the roof and finish up everything in a short amount of time. Looking at the bright side, you get to carry on with your daily activities!
2. Enjoy workmanship and manufacturer warranties.
When something goes wrong with your newly repaired roof, what will you do? Of course, re-do the DIY repair process. Professional roofing contractors stand behind what they do. This means that they provide warranties to ensure that when your roof gets damaged along the way, they’ll be able to repair it again at no cost.
A DIY roof repair voids roofing warranties. In fact, manufacturers require that professional roofers should be the one to work on the roof if the homeowner was to enjoy the manufacturer’s warranty.
3. Avoid the dangers of climbing up the roof.
While there are many considerations to a roof repair, one that you must never neglect is the risk. No matter where you live in the world, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable. It can be an overcast day and you’ll decide to tackle the roof. But the next thing you know, the sun shows up and blocks your view.
Would you stop what you’re when you’re halfway through the DIY roof repair? Most likely not, if you want to get stuff done.
Minor changes in weather result in roofing accidents. If you’re lucky, you’d sustain only a few scratches or sprain an ankle. The worst thing that could happen is death. According to elcosh.org, roofing work ranks 5th among the highest work-related deaths in construction. The risk goes up among inexperienced persons!
4. The job gets finished.
Roofing work is A LOT of physical work. Like a tough workout, it requires strength, precision, and stamina to be able to succeed. Roofing contractors mastered the art of roof repairs. Depending on the complexity and seriousness of the roof damage, contractors can finish up everything in a day.
A homeowner like you encounters interruptions that can lead to an unfinished DIY roof repair. You get a phone call from work, your wife needs your help with something… the list goes on. This “task-shifting” drains your energy, and so you call it a day.
5. Readily available tools and materials at a much lower cost.
A professional roofing contractor helps you save money in that contractors work closely with manufacturers. They have access to roofing products at a lower cost. When it comes to the tools required, yes, contractors have a complete set. This allows them to finish up the job with ease and efficiency.
Spend your hard-earned dollars on expert work to get outstanding results. And even if you think professional repairs cost a lot, imagine the long-term benefits that save you money down the road.
6. Cleanliness at the end of the day.
After 10 hours of a DIY roof repair work, who has time to clean up the mess? A typical homeowner would rather put off cleaning to another day. Debris that has fallen off the roof can cause accidents especially if you have little kids playing around. You can assure a clean area as the day ends by hiring the right roofing professionals.
Choosing a Qualified Roofing Contractor
Because you already know the advantages of professional roofers over a DIY roof repair, let’s discuss how to find them. We’ve written up a guide on the questions to ask a prospective roofer and we encourage you to read it.
1. Always go for local roofers.
One of the first things we advise you is to make sure that your contractor is local. Local professionals know the local rules and regulations. They also work closely with manufacturers and are certified to install their products.
Here at Straight Arrow Roofing, we are certified by GAF.
2. Read reviews and ratings.
What do previous customers say about a contractor? Nowadays, you’ll read a ton of recommendations online. Visit the Better Business Bureau, Google My Business, Angie’s List, and other listings. Don’t take for granted word-of-mouth recommendations as well.
3. Ask a copy of the contractor’s license.
Roofing contractors should be licensed and most states require this. But despite that, there are still a lot of unlicensed roofers and scammers. You could hire one if you’re not careful! Better yet, ask the contractor to provide you a copy of their license. Look up their status online to confirm.
4. Let the contractor explain their process and allow you to have options.
Regardless of what kind of roofing service you need, a contractor should present everything involved in the job. What materials will they use? What happens at the start and end of the work? Can you choose a specific roof shingle color? Contractors should put the needs and interests of homeowners first.
Ready to Get a Professional Roof Repair Today?
Once you decide to hire the pros, know that we are here to help. Straight Arrow Roofing is a GAF-certified roofing contractor that brings years of experience. Call us today to get a free estimate: 289-203-3726.