Delays can happen before or during roof replacement, and must be prepared for during planning. In this blog post, Balken Roofing discusses some of the most common causes of roof replacement delays and how you can prepare for or avoid them altogether.
Common Causes of Roof Replacement Delays
1. Poor weather conditions. Inclement weather can delay even the best-laid plans, including roof replacement. Most types of roofing materials need to be installed within a certain range of humidity and temperatures, otherwise adhesives and other similar components may not cure properly, resulting in less-than-ideal results. Extreme heat and cold would also mean installers will need to take frequent breaks, which can prolong installation times.
2. Lack of communication. Communication between the contractor and the homeowner is crucial because it helps both parties understand what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. Situations that require a quick response from the homeowner, such as unplanned repairs, can cause delays if the issue is not communicated sooner.
3. Hiring non-professionals. Working with inexperienced contractors and DIYers presents many problems. Managing major projects like roof replacement takes a great deal of planning and time management to make sure it’s finished on time. Lack of experience often leads to the “it will be finished when it’s finished” approach, in which the roofing project can go on indefinitely, maybe even leave it unfinished.
Non-professionals also have access to a limited selection of available roofing products, as roofing manufacturers typically make many of their products available through certified roofing contractors. This means purchasing materials may be costlier and take longer.
4. Busy season. The months between late spring to early fall is the busiest time for home improvement contractors, including roofers. This is why you’re less likely to hire the roofer that you want on the dates that work best for you, unless you plan your roof replacement several months ahead.
How to Avoid These Delays
Fortunately, most of the causes discussed above can be avoided with good planning and by carefully selecting your roofer. Avoiding hiring non-professional roofers is a good first step, as professionals like us have the experience to manage our time and resources properly. Us professionals can also provide a fairly accurate estimate of our timelines and commit to it without compromising quality.
We also keep in touch with our clients to keep work stoppage to a minimum. We also plan for potential delays caused by weather by keeping an eye on weather forecasts, having roof covers at the ready in case of sudden rain showers, and working with our clients if the inclement weather will make it impossible to resume the installation sooner.
If you require a roof replacement or other residential roofing services, talk to Balken Roofing. We are a reputable and experienced roofing contractor in Swannanoa and Asheville, NC who will make sure to get the job done right. Contact us today at (828) 628-0390 to schedule a free consultation.