Roofing (cont., pg. 11)



Things You Should Watch For

On another page, I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

Contractors, even the best ones, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do so.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you are doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house.

  

● There are numerous small contracting/construction companies that list roofing among the services they provide.

In many cases, these type of companies have no employees that specialize in roofing.  They will nevertheless, take your roofing job and then subcontract it to a roofing specialty contractor.

He adds a fee, which you pay, onto the price that he pays the roofing contractor.  To earn this fee, he has done nothing more than make a phone call to hire a roofer that you could have hired yourself.

If the contractor you’re dealing with offers multiple construction trade services, ask him if his own employees do the work or if he subcontracts the roofing work to someone else.  If he does subcontract the work, don’t waste money.  Hire someone else.

● Make sure the roofer has installed everything that he has contracted for ─ drip edge, valley metal, ventilation, etc.

● Give the completed roof a good walk around look.  Make sure all pipe flanges are in place, all shingles or tiles lie flat and uniform, and that there are no rough edges where shingles have been cut.

The lower horizontal edge of the plywood roof decking should not be visible anywhere.

● Ask the roofer to confirm that he has tarred over nail heads and caulked in all appropriate places.  You may have to take his word for it unless you’re willing to climb the ladder, walk around the roof and check yourself, which I advise you not to do.

 

 

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