What Should I Do?
Should I pay a deposit for my roof?
If you are wanting to repair, replace, or install a roof, you may be unsure about what kind of payment plan to set up. Furthermore, you may be unsure how to set it up. Must you pay for your roof up front? Should you pay a deposit for your roof? Should you just schedule a weekly or monthly payment plan? These questions can be intimidating, but they do not have to be.
Firstly, make sure to research and meet with potential roofers. Through researching the jobs they have done, looking up reviews, and meeting with those in charge, you will be able to get an idea of the trustworthiness of a roofer.
Once you have established trust, you can begin discussing payment plans. Roofers are usually willing to work with you. Most of the time a deposit is necessary for a roofer so they can cover the materials needed to get started. After this has been paid, a progress payment plan can go into effect.
Never pay up front for the entire roof. If a roofer has received all the money up front, there is no incentive to continue the work and to do a good job. This could lead to a lengthy installation process and the work may be sloppy.
Should I Tear My Roof Off?
When having a new roof installed, it can be tempting to just have it installed over the old roof. This may save some money in the short-run, and can usually be done without violating any codes. However, is this okay?
For starters, some may want to leave a roof on to save money. However, having your roof torn off does not add much to the overall cost. Additionally, having your roof torn off will expose any damage or dry rot underneath the shingles. Once it is exposed, you can have it repaired and this will save you a lot of money in the long-run.
Having a new roof installed over the previous roof will also add weight to your roof, which may result in a buckling roof or other stress-related damage. Prospective home buyers will also notice if you have an extra roof layer installed. This could make them wonder if there is damage underneath, which could turn them off from buying your home.
Weighing all the evidence, it is recommended to have your roof torn off when having a new one installed. The benefits far outweigh the costs, and it can even save you money in the long-run and make your home more attractive.
When You Spot a Roof Leak
A leaky roof is never a pleasant surprise. The costs associated with fixing a roof leak can quickly rise and there may be more damage under the surface. To make things less stressful, there are a few steps you can take after spotting a roof leak to help ease your mind.
If you spot a noticeable leak, you can place a bucket underneath the leak to help prevent further damage to things inside the house, but there are more practical steps you can take to fix the problem at its root and give you peace of mind.
Once you find a leak, check your warranty or insurance information. The costs to fix your roof may already be covered, which will take a huge load off.
If you find a leak, conduct a quick investigation to see what the preliminary damage is. You should, however, bring in a professional to conduct a more thorough inspection. A professional can spot underlying damage you may have missed and they can give a more accurate assessment of the costs to fix the damages.
While it may be tempting to fix a small leak yourself, you should always contact a professional. For one, it can be dangerous working on your roof, but this is not the only reason you should call a professional. A repair should always be done the right way or you risk making the problem even worse. Hiring a reputable roofer will ensure the repair is done correctly.
When is Vinyl Siding Advantageous
Vinyl siding has been an extremely popular siding choice in America for decades. It even is used on about 30% of homes today. Despite the increase in usage of brick and stucco, vinyl siding remains very popular. But how has vinyl stood the test of time? Here are a few of the reasons why vinyl siding has been so popular for so long:
Vinyl siding can be molded into many shapes and can be made in many different colors. For example, vinyl siding can be designed to look like wood, but at an inexpensive price and with all the benefits of vinyl.
One of these benefits is vinyl’s durability. Some vinyl siding can even last for up to 50 years. Additionally, since it is synthetic, it will not rot or decay like other forms of siding may.
Maintenance is also very easy on vinyl siding. In most cases, vinyl siding only needs to be cleaned occasionally. This can be done with the right pressure on a pressure washer to remove dirt, pollen, and other debris.
Insulated vinyl siding is also available and will help provide extra insulation to your home during the winter and summer. This will lead to lower energy costs, saving you money in the long run.
The Dangers of Doing Your Own Roof
When beginning a new roofing project, it can be tempting to do it on your own. Not only would the pace be up to you, but it would save you costs on labor and other expenses related to contracting with a roofer. However, this is not the best idea and should be warned against for several reasons.
One of the most important reasons to hire a roofing contractor is safety concerns. Roofing is a dangerous job. Being high up, walking around on a roof, and hauling materials can result in serious injury. Roofing professionals have plenty of experience and can avoid injury much easier than the average homeowner.
Another reason why you should not do your own roofing job is that it may result in poor installation. Without the knowledge that comes with experience, a homeowner may make the damage worse than it initially was when repairing their roof. They may also use the wrong materials and not seal the roof properly, leading to leaks and other damage. It is better to leave these jobs to the professionals, as it can save you money in the long-run.
If you would like to perform some of the work, talk with your roofer to see if there is any labor you can do to save money. Any good roofer will be willing to work with you to meet your needs.
If you have any further questions regarding roof coatings, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.