So, your roof needs repairs. Firstly, congratulations! You’ve already avoided the first mistake that many Newcastle residents make – leaving roof repairs until the last minute to avoid paying for professional services. By attending the problem proactively, you prevent it from worsening and costing more down the line. Secondly, however, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear yet. There are countless other mistakes homeowners make when choosing a roofer to perform their roof repairs in Newcastle. Let’s take a look at the three most common ones and how you can avoid them.
#1 Not Doing Your Research
Many Newcastle residents rely on word-of-mouth recommendations. Sure, these referrals are often ideal because they are unbiased reviews of services your peers directly experienced. However, one roof issue is not the same as all roof issues. Your friend may have had a simple job that only required commonsense and a little elbow grease, whereas your problem could be incredibly intricate and complex. To guarantee success, it’s always better to do a little research on the recommended roofer and compare their expertise, training, experience, and services offered to a few other potential picks you find online. Browse roofing companies with recent references, licensing, and good online reviews.
#2 Prioritizing Price Over Licensing And Insurance
Although your friend’s husband may consider himself a handyman with roofing skills, that doesn’t mean he should do your roof repairs. Sure, he will cost a lot less than a professional roofer, but you need to remember that you are paying for their skills, years of training, wealth of experience, insurance, and license. Without insurance, you won’t be covered if your amateur roofer makes any mistakes. And the costs that land on your shoulders will be exorbitant if anyone is hurt in the process. Without licensing, you are also liable to hefty fines for faulty roof work, as hiring a licensed roofer is required by law. Considering homeowner’s insurance will definitely not cover the costs on your behalf, why take the risk?
#3 Not Getting The Project Scope In Writing
The roofing industry is rife with technical terms and jargon that everyday Newcastle residents don’t understand without help. Sure, most roofers have integrity and will ensure that you understand the work, scope, and steps involved before putting it in writing. However, like all other professions, there are some shady characters that will use your lack of technical knowledge against you to inflate the scope of the project and embellish the seriousness of the problem to increase the overall quote. Often, they won’t put any of this in writing to protect themselves if you end up finding out the truth later on. Make sure the entire process is explained to you fully (don’t be afraid to ask for more clarity when needed), put down on paper, and even have it looked over by someone who knows construction for added peace of mind.
We at Hunterline Roofing have an intimate understanding of these mistakes because we have helped countless residents with roof repairs in Newcastle after falling into these traps. Our business relies on you – so we do everything possible to ensure that your experience working with us is worth raving about. We are insured, licensed, experienced, and ensure open communication throughout every job.
Please feel free to contact us and get to know our team so that we can serve you best!