When you’re planning your roofing project, you’ll experience all sorts of feelings. At one point you’ll feel excited about the upcoming renovation process, then at another you’ll feel stressed at the costsof the whole project. One way to relieve your stress is by tracking everything related to your project on a project notebook. It may actually feel therapeutic when you write down notes or sketch some designs, and you’ll be able to keep receipts as well, which can be very helpful later during the renovation process.
As a reputable contractor in emergency roof repair, Villwell Builders, LLC knows other ways to ease the stress you’re feeling on your upcoming roofing project. Just check these useful tips:
Make an Inventory
To do this, just take a look around the patio, deck and front porch, and other exterior areas that could sustain damage in a storm and make an inventory of those items. You can also write them as a list in your project notebook in case you need to reference them later on. This is also useful when severe weather hits your area, since you can easily identify the damaged items by checking them off your list. This will also ensure you won’t overlook the damaged parts of your property.
Find a Contractor You Can Trust
It’s recommended that you shouldn’t wait to find a contractor until a storm hits, and instead look for one before severe weather is scheduled to hit your area. This helps reduce stress in a way that gives you a better peace of mind knowing that you have established a relationship with a trusted roofing contractor who’s ready to help you when the time comes.
When you’re looking for a good roofing contractor that you can trust in the event of an emergency, don’t just hire the first one you see when you search online. Take your time to research on trusted sites like BBB® so you’ll know their standing and reputation. Find out who they are and what they represent, check their customer reviews and look for related references and credentials to ensure they’re certified with a major roofing manufacturer, such as GAF.
Inquire About Financing Options
When looking for a roof repair and replacement contractor, make sure you understand the financing options they have to offer so you’ll know if you can fit your deductible cost into your budget. Doing this reduces the stress of having to deal with any storm damage should it ever occur, and it also ensures you won’t be dealing with “storm-chasers” or door-knocking contractors who are only working to make a quick profit out of the affected homeowners.
Understand Your Insurance Policy
Aside from finding a trusted contractor, you have to understand how your insurance can cover the damages after severe weather. You’ll need to determine if you have an ACV policy or an RCV policy, as well as understanding your deductibles. Understanding your fiduciary responsibility is important if you want to avoid the stress of facing these for a deductible expense due to severe weather damage.
Prepare an Emergency Fund
Having unforeseen changes happen in a typical roof repair and replacement project is not common, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it. These changes will add up to your budget since they weren’t included in the original roofing estimate.
For instance, unexpected water damage to the roof deck won’t be detected until the deck itself is exposed during the renovation process. To avoid this, make sure you have an emergency fund ready. Your fund should be around 10 to 20 percent of your quoted project.
Waiting Too Long Is Never an Option
Sitting on damage you already have on your roof can cause all kinds of costly consequences later on. If more damage is sustained due to neglect, your insurance carrier might refuse to cover it. When this happens, you’ll end up paying more out of your own pocket when hiring a roofing contractor to fix the problem.
Not taking immediate action and choosing to ignore the problem can also be more stressful over time. Just like having an unrepaired cavity or ignoring your vehicle’s check-engine light, unrepaired damage will only delay the inevitable and you’ll end up paying more than what you can afford.
When you’re looking for a professional in emergency roof repair, Villwell Builders, LLC is your best choice to get the job done right. Reach us at (203) 879-2118, or fill out our convenient contact form. Give us a call today!