Can I save money by purchasing my own materials? Should I attempt to repair the roof on my own? Do I go with the cheaper contractor even though they have less experience? All of these are valid questions when considering a roofing project.

As with any home investment, you really should weigh all of your options before making any decisions on how to maintain it. There are several pitfalls you can avoid when making decision on how to preserve your roof.

Purchasing Your Own Materials
Price comparing and shopping around for the best deal is a positive, but when it comes to having a roof replacement, it is advantageous to have a qualified contractor, with a competitive price, buy the materials for you. The contractor may have access to better, more competitive price due to established relationships with suppliers. This also keeps your from having incorrect products or quantities. A roof replacement is usually all inclusive and an experienced contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your install.

Starting a Roof Replacement or Repair By Yourself
If you do not have an extensive knowledge in roofing, it is best to leave roof repair or replacement to a professional. Removing a roof is difficult and dangerous work. Many times contractors are called in to “rescue” homeowners from a job they began but soon realized was a much bigger task than they had planned for. Homeowners usually start the project on their own in an effort to save a few dollars, but end up causing more damage and spending more money in the long run. A certified roofing contractor posses the proper safety equipment, skill level and knowledge to complete the project.

Installing a Product That Does More Harm Than Good Over Time
There are certain products that are not good for your roof. Contrary to many people’s thoughts, rain diverters can actually cause more harm than good, by forcing water to back up under shingles causing costly damage. Flush mounted skylights are another product that can cause issues. This product doesn’t typically have a very wide flange and tends to be unable to support high volumes of water. With heavy rains water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof causing leaks. Trust a qualified and experienced roofer to help you determine what products are best for your roof.

Not Hiring an Experienced and Licensed Contractor
Research your potential roofing contractor. Find a reputable, experienced and licensed contractor to perform work on your home. Remember that cost isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are provided. Talk to family, friends and co-works about a roofing company in your area that has competitive pricing, a positive name in the community and a history of quality work. The Better Business Bureau is a great resource for honest information about a contractor. Check online reviews and the company’s website, if they have one, to get a feel and feedback of the contractor’s work history. It is absolutely work the extra time to find a company with integrity and a great finished product.