Today I want to talk about how to oversee the contractor who is putting a new roof on your home.
One of the things I want to caution homeowner is that, even though they may think they’re doing the right thing by standing over their installation crews back and watching their every move, they probably are actually working against their best interest if they do that. Because a crew that feels pressured or feels like their every move is being watched is actually going to do everything they can to speed up the installation, and get on to the next job, because they don’t necessarily like that kind of tight oversight. So you’re actually working against yourself by standing over and really watching every move of your installation crew.
However, do you want to make sure it’s installed properly? Absolutely!
So, my advice is always learn as much as you can about the roof system that you’ve chosen that is going to be installed on your roof. Learn as much as you can about it. If you can get installation instructions, read through them, and just every once awhile, or maybe at the end of every day, take a look at the roof installation from the ground and if you see anything that you question, the next day bring it to the attention of the crew and just ask for some explanation of it.
Keep in mind though, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat. Often times even though you may read the installation instructions, there may be things about your roof, there may be things about the environment in your area that actually require installation to be done a little differently than how the manual actually prescribes. So keep open to the fact that that there may be more than one way to do things properly. If you have a question that you absolutely are not getting a good answer from the installation crew and it still bugging you, contact the manufacturer of your roofing. Perhaps even email them a picture or something to take a quick look at.
But again, you don’t need to stand over your contractor or installation crew every second, and in fact ,that can even work against you, because it makes them speed up the job and that’s not always good. But by the same token be a wise consumer, keep an eye on what’s going on, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Todd's expertise comes from his years of experience in metal roofing manufacturing. As president of Isaiah Industries, based in Piqua Ohio, Todd runs a several of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential metal roofing; Classic Metal Roofing Systems, Kassel & Irons, and Green American Home. His personal goal is to educate homeowners of the long-life benefits of metal roofing.
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