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CAN AN HONEST ROOFER REALLY BE SUCCESSFUL IN TODAY'S WORLD? While a subject like this may seem uncanny in a way for some there is truth to the fact that an honest roofer has a much more difficult time with business success. There are two types of roofing contractors. There are contractors who spend an average time of ten to fifteen minutes on a roof estimate. These types of roofing contractors usually are the most honest and they give an honest price with a goal of paying their bills and making a good living. They usually do not use any high-pressure sales tactics and they are not out to get rich. The bad thing about this is that when things get bad with the housing market or the economy slows down they struggle and sometimes go out of business. Most of the time an honest roofer has true skills and real hands-on roofing knowledge that has developed over time from years of experience. Many of the smaller guys will do everything themselves like estimates, repairs and even write their own contracts. The other type of roofing contractor are ones that mix car sales with roofing sales and use high-pressure sales tactics. They also charge outrageous prices and many times use financing companies to set up financing because their prices are so high that there is no way for a customer to make an immediate payment for the job. Most of the salesman from these types of companies have very little roofing knowledge and many of them have never actually even step foot on a roof. These roof salesmen are taught to spend hours with a homeowner in order to wear them down. In some cases, homeowners are ready to call the police in order to get them removed from the property. They will sit their butt on the couch for four hours using every engineered sales trick in the book. Usually, these types of companies are more interested in how much they can profit versus the concerns and welfare of the customer. While it is true that these types of businesses are very profitable and when times get bad with the economy they can just make a few budget cuts and still survive with minimal effort but an honest roofer may ask the question "How do they sleep at night?". I know some of these types of companies that are in the news each year for giving some of their employees million dollar Christmas bonuses. The facts boil down to this in my opinion; people work hard for their money and a roof should not cost thousands of dollars above the average industry market price. By talking people into contracts that take them many years to pay off while using engineered high-pressure sales tactics separates you from what is known as an honest roofer. These roofing companies do not often ever struggle financially because of such large profit amounts from each job they sale. It is much more difficult for an honest roofer to succeed but they can sleep much...
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Why You Should Inspect Your Home's Roof HOW OLD IS YOUR ROOF? As a homeowner, it’s probably easy to start taking your roof for granted; after all, roofing materials are designed to last for years, but as with all things, nothing lasts forever. There will come a time when you'll be tasked with replacing the roof on your home, but where do you start, how do you know when it's time to replace your roof? One of the first signs of a roofing problem will be stained ceilings. ROOFING SHINGLES AND VENT FLASHING These stains, which are usually brown or yellow, is a good indication that water has permeated the roof and is making its way into your home, which is not uncommon if your roof is 15 to 20 years old. This time frame represents the average life of a roof equipped with asphalt shingles, which is the most common roofing system for residential homes. Of course, not all water leaks require a complete roof replacement; in some cases, the problem can be corrected by inspecting/replacing vent flashing, a roofing material that covers the joints in your roof. Vent flashing is made from either aluminum or galvanized steel and is designed to work in conjunction with shingles, to help keep water out of your home. If this roofing material is cracked, warped, or not properly seated water will find it's way into your home. WHEN TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR Obviously, trying to determine the cause of leaking roof, or when to replace a roof, are not things that the everyday person is knowledgeable about, which is why it is a good idea to enlist the expertise of a professional roofer. Professional roofing contractors are trained to look for worn roofing shingles, problems with vent flashing, inconsistent tarring, improper shingle nailing, and much more. INSPECTING YOUR ROOF While it’s always best to hire a professional roofer, you should still visually inspect your roof for signs of problems. For example, shingles that appear warped or torn may indicate that roof repair is in order, or it's possibly time for a new roof. The same holds true for asphalt granules found in your gutters or downspouts. As asphalt shingles begin to reach the end of their life cycle, their granules can no longer adhere to the shingles, and as a result, they make their way into your gutters and downspouts. So, it’s a good idea to inspect your gutters and downspouts whenever you inspect your roof. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ROOF As a homeowner, you’re encouraged to do your due diligence and choose a reputable roofing contractor. Whether you're in need of roof repair or a new roof, quality materials, along with quality workmanship, can ensure that you get the absolute most out of your roof. For example, your contractor should be able to answer questions regarding warranty periods, roofing options, wind speed ratings, and much more. Although it sounds cliché, your home is, in fact, your biggest investment, and therefore, you want to make...