1. DO-IT-YOURSELF – SOURCING THE MATERIALS AND INSTALLING THE ROOF SYSTEM YOURSELF
According to statistics, roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There are plenty of do-it-yourself maintenance jobs that property owners can perform, but roofing is not one of them.
Roofing materials are readily available to purchase through hardware stores and through the manufacturers themselves, but that doesn’t mean you can replace or repair that roof yourself. Manufacturers will only offer a warranty for materials installed by a licenced contractor.
Furthermore, there are important decisions to make when purchasing and installing a new roof system. There are structural, ventilation and installation requirements and standards that need to be met, not to mention safety issues.
It is for this reason, that roof repairs or replacements should only be carried out by qualified, licenced and insured professionals, like those at Hindmarsh Roofing.
2. ACCEPTING THE LOWEST PRICE WITHOUT COMPARING QUOTATIONS
We are sure you have heard the expression, ‘you get what you pay for’ and the same applies for roofing estimates. If you have obtained several roofing quotations and one is well below the price of the other quotations, analyse the items listed and ensure that it is comparable. Confirm that the quotation includes the same scope of works, materials, accessories and warranties offered. Often a significantly lower price than the others may indicate that the subcontractor will be cutting corners or using substandard materials.
Also if a contractor claims to be the cheapest without even getting an estimate or will beat any quote, you do not want them working on your premises. They have to make a living like anybody else and the cheapest price generally doesn’t get you a quality job. You may initially pay less to go with the cheapest contractor but it might cost you more in the long run.
3. SUCCUMBING TO SALES PRESSURE AND SIGNING ON THE SPOT
The deals that sound too good to be true, usually are…We have all been confronted with them – the high pressure salesperson who offers you that ‘special deal’ only if you sign on the spot today or you will lose that ‘special deal’. Generally, the only individual who benefits from this is the salesperson because he gets a bigger commission for getting the contract signed quickly.
A reputable roofing company won’t require you to sign on the spot by offering you discounts, a free barbecue or ‘I’ll call the manager’ deals. In addition, if a company provides you with a roofing quotation and then discounts the quotation by more than 10%, you may want to rethink and question their price margins and how overpriced their roofing services may be in comparison to other roofing companies.
All quotations will have an expiry date, but they should be valid for a period long enough to source other quotations, discuss your options and make a sound decision.
Hindmarsh Roofing does not employ salespeople or commission based staff. The individual who comes to assess your roof is employed by Hindmarsh Roofing because of their knowledge and experience in the roofing industry.
4. HIRING ROOFING CONTRACTORS THAT CAN START IMMEDIATELY
It may be possible for a roofing company to commence work on your premises immediately if they have had a cancellation or if it’s not peak season. However you should always do a little more investigating.
These days it is difficult to differentiate between a reputable and established roofing company and individuals who have recently started their business. With today’s technology, everyone can have a website, claim to be experienced and show you examples of their work by purchasing stock images.
Ensure you place your premises in reputable and experienced hands and find out how long the roofing company has been in business. Do they have all the necessary licences, insurances, offer warranties and are they certified by the manufacturers whose products they are proposing to install.
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5. NOT DISCUSSING ROOFING WARRANTIES
With all the details involved in purchasing a new roof, many property owners forget to ask about warranties and what happens if something goes wrong with the roof after installation. Your contractor should be offering you both material and workmanship guarantees in writing.
The workmanship warranty on offer demonstrates a roofing contractor’s confidence in their work and customer service. This reinforces the point that it is important to confirm how long the company has been in business and whether they have the ability to honour the warranty in the future.
A reputable roofing company should be a certified or approved contractor for the products they are installing. Leading manufacturers will only provide a product warranty on new materials if they are installed by a licensed roofing contractor.
It is imperative to deal with an established company with a proven reputation. At Hindmarsh Roofing, we offer our clients an above industry standard, 10 year workmanship warranty. We are fully licenced, insured and only use and recommend genuine Australian made steel products and materials.
6. EMPLOYING THE SERVICES OF A HANDYMAN
Whilst recommendations from family and friends are helpful, using the services of a handyman that is not qualified, licenced or insured is leaving property owners in an extremely vulnerable position.
Over the years we have seen work carried out by handymen that have resulted in poor workmanship and as a result homeowners have been left high and dry with unfinished roofs and water damaged homes.
What may have initially sounded like a wise investment has ended up costing the property owner twice to rectify problems that should have been done correctly the first time.
AVOID THESE COSTLY MISTAKES
Your property is more than just a roof over your head, it is probably the single biggest investment you will make in your life time and your roof is undoubtedly the most important part of your premises. It protects your whole property against every weather condition, rain, hail or shine. So it is essential you look after your roof to protect your family and your investments and it’s even more essential that you use a reliable and professional roofing contractor to carry out any roofing repairs or replacements.
Don’t let your roof become your biggest regret, get quality roofing advice and service from professionals. Call Hindmarsh Roofing in Adelaide today on 08 8268 1600 or fill out our online contact form for a free quotation and friendly, professional advice.