When is the Right Time to Replace Your Metal Roof?

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Most people who have a metal roof installed on their home are happy about it; around Australia, many homeowners discover that these items are invaluable. However, even the best made roofs eventually need replacing. Keep an eye out for certain things to know when yours is due for replacement.

Outside Roof Inspection

From time to time, make a point of surveying the outside condition of your roof – once every couple of months is a good general time frame to adhere to. One of the biggest warning signs of trouble that most roofing Brisbane contractors will tell you to be on the lookout for is the appearance of sagging or an otherwise uneven look to your roof. Step back from your house a good distance and note how the roof is shaped; does it appear to slope where it didn’t before, or sag in the middle? If so, it requires immediate attention from a qualified Brisbane ReRoofing professional.

The gutters around your roof may provide important information, too. If they overflow with water when it rains despite no presence of blockages from leaves, etc. – or if water tends to pool near the foundation of your house – then you may have a problem on your hands. Visible damage to the outside of your roof is another obvious cause for concern; although metal roofs are quite durable, they can still incur wear and tear over very long periods of time – or through extraordinary circumstances. By surveying your roof regularly, you can catch these issues before they become huge – and costly – problems.

Inside Roof Inspection

It is very important to inspect your roof from inside. The roof cavity (which can be accessed via the man hole) is the most obvious place to do this; having a Brisbane roofing service check this area out is also wise. Signs of leaks generally represent a roof that may have been compromised. Sagging ceilings and signs of water damage also indicate that your roof is probably not up to par and that it most likely needs to be replaced soon. Being diligent about checking out the inside of your roof can save you a lot of frustration in the future.

Metal Technology Roofing finds all too often, Brisbane roofing companies receive calls from frantic homeowners who are dealing with a catastrophe due to a broken roof. Pre-emptive Brisbane Re-Roofing projects can lower your costs; you just need to know what to look for in terms of replacing a roof.

 

Are There Any Good Contractors? The Field Is Wide Open

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I’m in the process of building a house, so I’m learning first hand what it’s like dealing with contractors. I have good news and bad news for any contractors out there. The bad news is almost everyone I’ve contacted has been a major flake or a disappointment. The good news is, if you run your business right and take heart with what I’m writing about you can dominate your industry, because I promise you your competition is screwing up and not doing things right.

First off, if you make an appointment, call the day before to confirm and remind the customer you are coming. I’ve been stood up by multiple contractors who flat out didn’t show up for the appointment, one guy did it to me twice, Shame on me for letting it happen a second time, but everyone else was so bad I felt I had no choice. If for any reason something comes up and you can’t make the appointment, call or text the customer and let them know. There are very few things that are going to happen that will leave you without 5 seconds to text or leave a message. If you have a true emergency and the customer gets mad, chances are they would have been a major pain to deal with anyway. But doing nothing makes you look bad.

Second, be prepared for your customer by having accurate samples of your work. It looks bad when you say “I have to find pictures”. Also, after looking over the job, give them a firm time frame for when you will have the bid. Don’t say “Sometime next week,” or “Things are crazy so it will be soon.” Give them a date you will have it, and if the date comes close and you won’t have it, call them and tell them when you will have it.

When you turn in your bid, make sure it’s the bid you can live with to do the job. I can’t tell you how many guys drove up to my job site; saw a nice home and the price shot up. Make sure the price for the big house uses the same scale that the small one gets. If it’s $10 dollars a square foot for the tract house on the corner, it should be $10 a square foot for the mansion on the hill. Obviously there are factors that can change that, but the main factor shouldn’t be “this guy has more money so I’ll play catch up on this one.”

Turn in a professional bid. The worst bid I got was from the biggest fish in town that told me nothing about what they would do. Make it easy for the customer to understand what you are proposing, how else can they compare it to other bids. And if it’s to much work and you feel like you are giving away to many secrets preparing a bid, why are you wasting the customers time? I like to think of this as bidding and ducking. You are just throwing it out there and hoping something happens. Like that great line in the movie Shawshank Redemption, “Hope is a dangerous thing.” Don’t hope, just be good at your job, it will make a difference.

Another sticking point is the contractor that says “Let me know if my price is high, and I’ll work with you to match another bid.” If you were screwing me at $36,000, then realize you can get the job for $30,000, you should have given your best price on your first visit. Now I’d rather use the second guy that gave me a good price to begin with.

As to what to do next to monitor the job and get it done right, I’ll have to write about that later, because I still haven’t found someone to do the work. But what I do know for sure, is if you are a contractor who avoids the mistakes I’m writing about, you will stand out in your industry, because your competition isn’t doing it.

 

How to Protect Yourself When Choosing a Roofing Contractor

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There is no such thing as being over protective when it comes to your home and your finances. There are plenty of roofing contractors out there that are willing to bend the rules to simplify things for themselves, resulting in problems for you and your roof. Even honest contractors make mistakes every once in a while. That’s why it’s important to know these 4 simple ways to protect yourself when choosing a roofing contractor.

Workers Compensation
Problem: You hire a roofing contractor to fix a leak on your roof. One of their employees decides not to use proper safety procedures and falls, breaking his leg. The employee holds you responsible to pay his medical expenses, because he was hurt on your property.

Solution: Roofers Compensation is a type of insurance covering roofing injuries. If a roofing contractor has workers compensation, any injured employees are entitled to recover expenses for hospital bills and being out of work. Be sure that your roofing contractor has workers compensation so that you are saved the trouble and expenses of paying those bills yourself.

Liability Insurance
Problem: Your roofing contractor leaves your roof uncovered after removing your shingles. That night there is an unexpected storm. Water seeps into your home and damages your sheet rock, carpet and some nice furniture. Your roofing contractor has liability insurance, but there are exclusions preventing coverage of the interior of your building. You end up paying to fix the damages yourself.

Solution: If damage occurs to your home or building that is the fault of a Central Coast roofing contractor, you want to be sure they have good liability insurance. This will cover anything from broken windows to damaged interiors as mentioned in the situation above. Some contractors have liability insurance, but their insurance company offers so many exclusions that it is almost like there is no coverage at all. Look for coverage that doesn’t exclude water damage resulting from leaving a roof open.

Business License
Problem: You hire a new roofing company to work on your roof. A few months later you notice a leak. You try to contact the company, but can’t find their information. You try to look them up by their business license and you find that there was never a business license issued for that company. You are forced to pay for the repairs yourself.

Solution: Check ahead of time that your roofing contractor has a business license. If they don’t have a license, it could be a sign that they don’t know what they are doing. The company could easily disappear or go out of business.

In the state of Utah, your roofing company should have a shingle license and a general roofing license to install a pitched roof. A flat roof installation only requires a general roofing license.

A general contractor is legally able to install a roof without a roofing license if they have a general contractor license. However, there have been a lot of cases of general contractors branching out and installing roofs themselves when they lack the proper training. This causes problems for building owners as well as home owners. It is ideal for a general contractor to have a roofing license in addition to their general contractors license.

If your roofing contractor is in the middle of working on your roof and you find that they have given fraudulent business license information, (in Utah) you have the option to terminate their service right away. You are not required to pay anything to the contractor because they were operating illegally. You can then find a qualified contractor to fix your roof and finish the job.

Lien Waiver
Problem: Your roof has been completed and you pay the contractor. However, a few weeks later, the contractor’s supplier contacts you requesting a payment for the materials installed on your roof. You discover that your contractor did not pay his supplier and that you are now responsible for that payment. This has happened and can happen to you.

Solution: Be sure to request a lien waiver when the job is completed and before you pay. A lien waiver simply states that if the contractor fails to make his payments to a supplier or employees, you are not responsible to cover them. It is ultimately in place to protect the home or building owner from paying twice. If you receive the lien waiver before you pay, it is conditional upon your payment. However, once your payment has cleared, the lien waver becomes unconditional without any additional paperwork.

Protect Yourself
Though it may be uncomfortable, it is important to protect yourself from issues like these. Ask to see proof of your roofing contractor’s workers compensation, liability insurance and business license. Also, be sure they are willing to sign a lien waiver once your roof is completed.

If you choose a trusted, experienced contractor, most of these issues will not be a problem in the first place. Find reviews and testimonials for your contractor to see what some of their other customer’s experiences have been.

Roofing

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You never think about it, yet it’s the most important safety-net between you and the elements while you’re sleeping at night. Even though it’s certainly not glamorous like a new car, your roof is vital to your family’s well being. When deciding whether or not to replace your roof, why not arm yourself with a few simple facts that will help you make an informed decision about who to do business with?

A roof never lasts as long as the manufacturer says it will.

The good news is that you can extend the life of your roof by using proper ventilation. You may also want to consider lead pipe boots. Most companies offer a rubber “boot” to keep water from leaking around your plumbing pipes, however, rubber is notorious for drying and cracking in a few short years. Use a lead pipe boot instead, which will always outlast your roof.

Most roofs are under-ventilated, which means higher energy bills.

If your attic is not pushing out air like it should, it’s costing you money every month. Keeping your attic cool with proper ventilation will lighten the load on your air conditioning unit and you should notice a difference in utility bills (Proper insulation will also help). Use either ridge-vent, power vents, or turbine vents (standard louver vents can be used as well, but you will have to install far more than the average roofer will want to install to ensure sufficient air-flow).

1 in 4 roofs have hail or wind damage that’s not visible from the ground.

Sometimes the damage is considerable and will warrant an insurance claim. Other times only a small repair is required. It’s always a good idea to get at least two professional opinions, and to make sure the contractor actually gets up on the roof to look for damage (many roofers, salesmen, and even insurance adjusters will show up and never even take a step on the roof!). If you have reason to believe you have damage (perhaps your neighbor had shingles blown off), it never hurts to call your insurance company and have them send an adjuster to take a look. Best case scenario there’s no damage. Mid-case scenario there is damage, but they end up paying for your damage. Worst case scenario, there’s damage but it’s not enough warrant a claim, so you end up paying for repairs out of pocket. This is why it’s important to have several opinions. If you’re roofer says there’s damage and the insurance adjuster says there isn’t, you can always ask your insurance company to send a second insurance adjuster to reevaluate the roof. I have seen many customers get an approval from the second adjuster.

All Sunshine Coast roofing companies are NOT created equal.

There are essentially three types of companies*:

The first is the national company with the 1-800 number who may or may not be trustworthy. There are some national companies that go in and out of business as fast as the sun sets. Sometimes they will even change their company name to run away from their bad name or a lawsuit. They often run their operations from a remote office and only hire local sub-contractors to fulfill their job orders. This greatly reduces the quality of installations and customer service. Be sure to check the Better Business Bureau and other online reviews to gain a good perspective on their reputation.
The second is the local company which can range from five employees to over one hundred. These guys are often well-known in a community and have probably done business with someone you know. If you decide to work with this type of company, be sure you don’t choose the lowest bidder. A person or company who under-bid or who isn’t making much of a profit will not be motivated to go the extra mile and is likely to cut corners to save on costs.

The third is “Billy-Bob” and his helper. These types sometimes take days or weeks to complete a job. They may not even be using up to date equipment! They may or may not do quality work, but be prepared to be patient with these types. If you roofer looks like he may be one of these guys, ask him if he guarantees the job will be finished in X number of days (weather permitting).

*(It’s impossible to fit every company into a stereotypical mold, however, most roofers fit into these categories)

A roof won’t fix itself.

Even though some people believe that ignoring a leak or roof damage will make the problem go away, remember that some people also believe that they can borrow their way out of debt (I don’t want to embarrass Congress so I won’t use their name). Yes, that was a joke.

Unlike some problems, an issue on your roof will usually get more expensive the longer you wait to repair it. Fixing problems early can save you hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars, so why not nip that problem in the bud immediately?

It seems as though a new roofing company is popping up every day across Australia, and with this many new trades-people, it’s very common to come across someone who has less than adequate knowledge of how to properly replace your roof. Be sure to talk with at least two or three people who have done business with the company you choose. They should have an established reputation and should be licensed and insured. Also, be sure to ask if all their employees are legal citizens and are not showing up to work with beer on their breath (After being in the industry for ten years, you’d be surprised how common this is!).

Replacing your roof should be an easy and painless experience. Asking a few of these simple questions can all but guarantee you a relaxing experience.

 

Keep your House Safe from Natural Calamities

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The moment you’ve acquired your dream home, it truly is your natural impulse to protect it. There are actually a number of things in which you have to look after your house from. It’s not just termites and crude neighbours which might be looking to sink your land value, natural disasters are a part of owning land, too.

Regardless of in which you live, expect to encounter natural disasters within your region. The southern United States has their hurricanes, the northeast and Midwest has snowstorm and the west has earthquakes. You could agree that an earthquake is probably the most terrifying natural disaster of them all. Home owners in the whole nation can see a tornado and blizzard coming days before it happens, sometimes even a few weeks away and properly prepare their estate for the coming storm. With quakes, there’s no warning (usually), there is no report on the news that morning stating you’re scheduled to obtain one. An earthquake usually transpires without having a warning. Although earthquakes usually happens whenever you least expect it, you could still do something about it to protect your home. Here are a couple of tips.

An ideal first step could be to pick up the telephone or log in to the company that carries property insurance. Basically no homeowner’s insurance policies cover earthquakes. You should know if you are protected with natural disasters such as earthquakes, but typically you’re not. If you have the additional cash each and every month, earthquake insurance packages is a really good idea, but be cautioned, it is regarded as a catastrophic insurance, so the deductible is probably be very high, usually anywhere between 10-15 percent of the sum of your plan. It’s still a good thing to have. Check the homepage of the US Geological Survey to see if you live in a high enough risk section to get additional insurance.

A quick quake-proofing of your house is another smart move. This won’t so much defend your residence as it will shield you if one strikes. Some very realistic tips are to keep clean water reachable all the time, keep the cabinets and doors closed and locked and ensure that you’ve kept batteries for flashlights. These are common sense steps that any individual who lives in any sort of disaster area should follow, even if it be earthquakes, severe weather or snowstorm.OB-EA699_0709ho_D_20090709164209

One more action to safeguard your house would be to know where your utilities shut offs are. It is a must to shut it off right after the quake since fires are quite typical every after earthquake. Just one more thing, be sure not to switch on the gas unless you know that it is really secure.

Managing your property and preserving your asset safe from natural disasters may appear hopeless, however with just a bit of logical preparation; you could minimize the destruction it could cause.