Repair Vs. Replace
Not all damage demands a full replacement; in fact, we all know how a budget might protest. So how do you know if replacement or repair is the best option for your Scottsdale home? Keep in mind factors such as the type of damage, roofing material, roof age, and cost or repair versus replacement in both the short and long run.
What is your roof made of?
Some materials like shingles are easy to patch, whereas others such as wood are harder. Metal roofing is the easiest to repair in sections. Shingles may have an old layer beneath them, which complicates repairs. Tile and slate often do not benefit from repairs and need to be replaced.
How old is your roof?
If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, then a repair is more aesthetic then functional and will cost more in the long run. While some roofs like clay, tile, and metal are built to withstand centuries of wear, materials such as asphalt tend to last a couple of decades.
How extensive is the damage?
If you’re missing a few shingles or one sheet of metal was damaged in a storm, repair will be a quick and easy option. However, if water stains are appearing on your roof or walls or your roof is sagging, you have a severe problem on your hands and need to reroof.
What are the estimates for your options?
Some contractors in your area may offer a bit of a ‘bulk discount’ for replacing the entire roof, as it saves them in labor and transition time. However, your finances come into play, too— how much can you afford to spend? Will the repair last for years to come, or will more repairs wait in your future? Can you mitigate the damage in the long run?
If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your roof, it’s never a bad idea to hire a professional home inspector to climb up and take a look. They can give you an objective opinion on the state of your roof and what option would be best; some may even have roofing companies or contractors they can recommend based on what your roof needs.
Once you know the ‘what,’ it’s time for the ‘who.’
Once you’ve determined what your roof needs, it’s time to find the best person for the job. We’ve all heard the stories: tales of contractors taking someone money and leaving jobs half-finished or done poorly. The disappearing worker. The fine-print contract. The hidden fees.
Don’t be discouraged! Every industry has its horror stories, but that shouldn’t stop you from finding the professional help you need. Your roof is counting on you, and the people under your roof are counting on it. Instead, diligently research the options in your area.
Listen to the Reviews
These days, if you’re researching companies to do, the world wide web is one of the best resources at your fingertips. Reviews, testimonials, and Better Business Bureau ratings are just a click away. Some websites will even put you directly in contact with companies in your area and let them bid on your job.
Don’t just go with the first company you find. Meet with several contractors or companies, get estimates and breakdowns from each of them, and spend some time comparing the information. Remember, try and stick with companies in or near Scottsdale; don’t fall for storm-chasers looking to take advantage of your misfortune.
References and Referrals
Ask around in your social circles. Perhaps your neighbors recently patched their roof, or a co-worker had to research costs after the last storm. If you’re talking to contractors or companies, ask if they have referrals you can call to discuss their work.
Do your Due Diligence
Research any company or contractor you are tempted to hire. Make sure they have insurance, especially liability and worker’s comp. Are they registered with the BBB? Do they have an online presence or physical office? Do they have previous customers you can speak with? Don’t be afraid to turn someone down if they can’t answer your questions or make you suspicious.
Once you’ve chosen a contractor or company, remember to get all of the job details — including cost estimates— in writing. Throughout the job, communication is key; make sure the roofer is aware of all factors during the estimate stage, let them know what kind of budget you have and what type of turnaround you want or need. Let them break the price estimate down for you and communicate any factors that may change the cost.
Go Forth, Scottsdale!
Now that you know factors can lead to roof repairs, things to keep in mind when determining to repair or replace, and how to research roofers, it’s time to get out there and maintain your home. No matter what nature throws at your roof, you’ll be ready.
If you or someone you know is ready to experience service from the team that has raised the bar in roofing industry excellence, reach out to us. Serving customers in Arizona with all their roofing solutions is our specialty, and we are ready to meet you wherever you at with your roof or home. If you have questions, we’re here to answer them, and if you have a need, we are here to hear it and fulfill that need with our roofing services. If you are ready to begin a great partnership, don’t hesitate! Call Stapleton Roofing today!
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