What is the first thing you do when you realize you have a roof leak? You call for a roofer of course, but before they come out you ought to consider a couple of things first. How old is your roof system and what were the specifics of the weather conditions that caused the leak? The answers to these two questions can help you determine if all you
are going to need is a repair. A good roofer will ask you similar questions when they arrive to help them with the same decision.
We can walk you through the process or just ask yourself if your roof is under 20 years old. If it is, it is a good bet that a repair will suffice your needs. Did your roof leak when the rain was coming straight down, did it rain heavy or light and did your roof leak only
when the wind was blowing the rain sideways? The answer to these questions can determine the extent of the repair if the roof is what is leaking.
Let's say that you predetermine that you probably are just going to need a roof repair. This decision will help you with finding the right roofer. If you think a repair is all that is necessary, then search for a roofer or a roofing company that advertises
as doing repair work. Some large companies don't.
There are repair only roofers and this means that they are small operations that are not equipped to handle the full replacement of your roof and will be only looking to sell you on a repair. This is perfectly fine and they usually bid their work a little cheaper than larger roofing companies. If you are in need of a roof replacement, they will always
sell you on the repair first before they recommend another roofer. It will always benefit you to entertain bids from the smaller roofer and a larger roofing company.
If the information you receive about your leak problem is similar in content and the recommended fix is basically the same, then you probably have legitimate roofers before you to choose. The only thing to be leery of with the repair-only
roofer is whether or not he is legitimate. Be sure to check their license and their names on line to eliminate initial concerns of their credibility.
Good repair-only roofers will not offer you a repair if it is not going to work. Good roofers do not take stabs at the leaks in hoping they stop them. They believe that they will stop the leak the first time. They usually inform you that they are going
to repair a larger area for good measure than just the immediate leaking spot. The repair-only roofers you should not trust want to spend little time with the leak area and get paid so they can leave.
It is OK to pay for the work at its completion but never pay with cash. The best roofers inform you that they will send you a bill and to pay from that billing. This allows a little time for you to be
satisfied that the repair has worked as it should.
The best roofers and roofing companies are far more interested in your satisfaction at the completion of their work because good referrals equate to more and continued work.