Would you rather pay for proper residential roofing installation that yields a maintenance-free experience or just a cheap installation that leads to regular maintenance costs?
Many homeowners are tempted to just pay for the cheapest installer possible, which can work against long-term savings. Here are points to remember when choosing your roof installer.
Beware of Unlicensed Roofers
The roofing industry, unfortunately, can be infested with unlicensed roofers that lack the qualifications that ensure quality work. The fact that they are unlicensed can nullify the warranty on roofing materials. Even worse, many of these inexperienced companies lack proper insurance, which means if workers get injured on the job they can sue you, on top of sticking you with a bill for shoddy work.
Understanding Roof Quality
The best choices for roofing combine the elements of cost, durability, and aesthetics. The slope of your roof will play a big role in how well water is drained following a storm. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), two of the primary keys to a quality roof are ventilation and insulation. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can build up in the attic, which weakens insulation, leading to rot and other roof damage.
Roof ventilation strategies depend partly on regional climate. But in general, it’s helpful to make sure the attic has a gap-free insulation layer on the floor. There should also be enough ventilation to allow air to freely move in and out.
Choosing Skilled Professionals
A long-lasting roof must be made with durable materials. A roofer that cares about its reputation isn’t going to rely on materials that wear out quickly just to provide a cheap quick fix. Certified, licensed contractors need to be trained to properly install quality shingles, rafters, flashings, seams, vents, chimneys and other components. Here are important items to inquire about when considering a roofing contractor:
- how long the company has been in business
- proof of insurance and proper licensing
- financial stability
- quality control procedures
- client references
Protect Your Home
A roof is meant to protect you and your family from environmental elements such as sunlight, wind, rain and ice. In order for it to last many years without repair, it must be installed properly by skilled roofers who follow codes and best industry practices. Contact us at Moore and Sons to learn more about how we can assess your roof and provide you with a long-term quality solution.