4 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning a Roof

Early planning and meticulous budgeting are vital to the success of any roofing project. In addition to researching project basics (like the type of roofing material best suited to your area’s climate), it’s important to research common planning mistakes that could end up costing you in the long run. 

Here are some of the common mistakes you should avoid: 

  1. Hiring Just Any Roofer 

Always vet a roofer before hiring them. A roofing company should have a state license as well as workers’ and general liability insurance (to protect you from legal liabilities in the event a workplace injury happened on your property). 

What about certifications? Certifications are not a requirement, but they are useful for vetting contractors. They’re essentially proof a contractor’s qualifications have been recognized by manufacturers and independent non-profits, who in a sense have done all the vetting work for you. 

  1. Forgetting to Clarify the Project Scope With Your Roofer 

During the initial consultation with your contractor, you need to clarify the scope of their responsibilities. For instance, it’s standard practice for roofers to handle the clean-up of the construction debris. However, it would be best if you clarify this crucial project detail with the contractor. 

Remember: A home improvement project is essentially a collaboration between you and your contractor. That’s why constant communication, along with early planning and meticulous budget-crafting, is essential to your project’s success. 

  1. Not Putting Everything in Writing 

Don’t rely on verbal agreements—always put everything in writing. After all, given how busy roofing projects can get, it’s easy to forget crucial project details. 

  1. Getting Too Preoccupied with Project Costs 

While it’s important to stay within your budget, you shouldn’t get too preoccupied with the costs. Focus instead on how you can maximize the returns on investment on your new roof. For more planning tips, consult your local residential and commercial roof repair, contractor.  

Looking for experienced roofers near you? 

The Great American Roofing Company, a GAF Master Elite contractor, has been providing professional roofing services to local residents since 1974. To request a free estimate on the roof replacement cost, call us at (201) 825-2955 or fill out this form.