Are you thinking about going with a less experienced contractor for a significantly lower price? Do you want to try to save money buying your own materials?  Are you considering trying to complete the repair the roof on my own?

Your home is the biggest investment most people will make. Knowing that homeowners should weigh their options before making major decisions on who to hiring for the repairs and/or replacements.  Homeowners should avoid these pitfalls when making decisions.

1) Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself.

Unless you have extensive roofing knowledge, it’s probably best to leave the most important thing covering your house to the professionals.  Tearing off a roof is difficult work and very dangerous, one slip could send you over.  Dependable Construction has received calls in the past to “rescue” homeowner from a project that they began but quickly realized they were in over their heads.  The mistake is often made in an effort to save money. However, this can cause more damage, but cost more in the long run.  Without the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level, a certified roofing contractor is the way to go.

2) Buying your own materials.

Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow a qualified contractor with a competitive pricing with vendors and not your local box store to purchase the materials for you.  Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, contractors may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers, and the amount of roofs they complete in a year compared to the one roof you’re willing to bring them.  A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system.

3) Installing a product that does more damage than good over time.

Not all products are good products for your roof.  Contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good. These can at times start forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly damage.  Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights.  These typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water.  During times of heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks.  Homeowners should rely on a qualified contractor to help them decide what products will perform best for their project.

4) Not hiring a solid contractor.

Homeowners need to do their due diligence.  Find a reputable contractor like Dependable Construction to perform the work on your home. Price shouldn’t be the deciding factor when considering a contractor.  Talking to friends, family and co-workers about the roofing contractors they have used and seeing who has taken the time to build a good name in the community. Always check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews if they have them, and see if there is a company website you could visit. You want a company with integrity and a great finished product – it is absolutely worth the extra time.


Dependable Construction can assets with all your home remodeling projects. We are a trusted contractor in Dayton, OH. We specializes in many different home improvement projects, including but not limited to roofing, siding, decks, windows, Skylights, drywall, painting and gutters. We can help you turn any house into your dream home while only using the highest-quality materials and best workmanship in the area.

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