Roofing 101 – What You Need to Know
Your roof is old. Maybe it’s sagging in places. Maybe it’s sprung a leak. Or, worse… either of those two conditions are true, except that you just had roof work done. What happened? Was it a case of shoddy workmanship? Was something inadvertently broken, or was the problem simply missed? Roofing is an important and difficult job to undertaken, and – given the importance of the roof to any structure in our society, wherein if a roof is not in peak condition a house can’t be legally inhabited or a building legitimately sold – it comes with a heady amount of responsibility.
- As a property owner, you want to know what the costs will be, what the potential consequences of a damaged roof are, what materials you will need, what type of roofing is right for your building, and how to find a reliable and experienced professional roofer.
- As a professional roofing contractor, you want to be up to speed on the latest techniques and materials involved in roofing. You want to be able to answer your clients’ questions simply and accurately, and to work transparently, so that they feel like they’re being kept in the loop at every point in the process (because they are).
Roofing 101 – What You Need to Know
DC Wright offers basic information about all aspects of roofing and the roofing profession. Our articles include writeups on different types of shingles and shingle alternatives, as well as metal roofing materials, and what roof is right for your building based upon its location, its environment, and its function. We’ll help you to figure out what you need to do to maintain the integrity of your roof, and reduce the likelihood of its needing major repairs in the near future.
Moving? You should know, in advance, what condition your roof needs to be in, how it will be assessed and appraised, and what you can do to improve the likelihood of your roof being in suitable condition for a sale from the moment you set out to put your house on the market – however you choose to go about selling it.
Are you an inexperienced roofing contractor looking to grow your business? Read up on the latest materials, techniques, and trends within the roofing industry. Find out what people are looking for in a new roof, what they’re expecting to pay for your services, and what kinds of questions you’re going to be asked. Perhaps most importantly, learn how to avoid being wrongfully singled out as a con artist, by figuring out how prospective clients will expect their roofing contractors to conduct themselves and keep them in the loop.
How to Find a Roofing Contractor
Among the topics covered by our articles:
- “Where should I look for a roofing contractor?”
- “How can I find the source of a leak?”
- “Do I really need to hire someone to do this, or can I do it myself?”
- “This seems funny to me; am I being taken for a ride?”
- “How much should my repairs cost?”
- “How do I settle on which contractor to hire?”
Roofing Topics for Professional Contractors
So… you’re a professional roofer. As it happens, we’ve got content for you as well, provided by individuals with years of experience in the field. You’ve had years of experience, but you need to keep up to speed on the latest ideas within the industry, and be aware of what it is that your clients are expecting. Studies suggest that, if your client has more than one question which you’re unable to answer, their confidence in your services will take a nosedive. It’s probably unfair, but in the modern information age people want to be kept in the loop and informed at all times… and if you can’t do that, they’ll inevitably begin to wonder why. You need to be able to keep your clients informed about the materials and procedures involved in roofing, what’s right for their particular needs – and why – and how much it’s all going to cost.
Safety, Safety, Safety!
Safety in any form of construction-related work is vital. In roofing, you’re working on a surface that is designed to encourage solid objects that land upon it to slide off the edge. If you slide off the edge, you could be looking at the potential for serious injury… even, depending upon the height of the roof, an all but inevitable fatal fall. Keeping your footing through the use of proper techniques and safety equipment is absolutely vital. Our posts cover all the basics, and delve in-depth into some of the deeper concerns behind safe roofing practices.