Replacing a roof can cost thousands of dollars. Although most property owners know that their roofs won’t last forever, the majority don’t put aside money in the event of a damaged roof. When they discover a stain on their ceiling or hear a dripping sound, they’re often unprepared to dish out money for a full roof replacement.
Fortunately, an experienced roofing contractor can usually find cost-effective methods for dealing with minor roof repairs. If a roof is damaged beyond repair, it will need to be replaced, but leaks, missing shingles, small punctures, and other minor issues can still be monetized to acquire new clients. Helping out with minor repairs can lead to a much more lucrative contract down the road.
In this two-part article, a roofing lawyer will discuss some of the most effective troubleshooting methods for gauging and implementing minor roof repairs. As a contractor, you must be willing to take on projects of all sizes if you want to grow your business and become an industry leader. A roofing attorney can assist you with all of your legal needs including contract review, lien and bond law, dispute resolution, and more to help your business succeed.
Flashing, the material used to protect the crease found in-between fixtures such as chimneys or skylights and the roof, is an important part of every roof. It can also be found near venting pipes under roofs. Most property owners are unfamiliar with flashing and the process for removing and installing it. Generally, flashing is crafted from sheet metal or plastic. When it cracks or becomes loose or worn, the fixtures it protects become vulnerable to rain and moisture.
The material cost of removing and replacing flashing is relatively minor, but installation requires a skilled roofer. A professional roofer will be required to lift away surrounding materials like shingles to replace damaged flashing. This is a great opportunity to perform a diagnostic to determine the condition of the owner’s roof.
Punctures are usually the result of inclement weather, falling branches, or animals looking for a safe place to roost. The repairs are more often than complex than a homeowner wants to deal with, so they may reach out to an experienced roofing professional who can help them. Punctures require more steps to rectify than damaged flashing, and in some cases, the roofer may need to reframe part of the roof to complete the job. These jobs typically cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 depending on the amount and type of materials required and the number of roofers required to complete the job. Fixing punctures is a testament to your firm’s competence and can lead to more business down the line.
To learn about more minor repairs that can be used to procure new customers, read part two.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.