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Roofers in Benoni

Benoni is a town in Gauteng and is located about 40 km east of Johannesburg. Like most small towns in the area, Benoni was established thanks to the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand reef in the 1880s. 

Quickly gaining a reputation as a mining hotspot, Benoni started to grow – not only because of an influx of people, but also due to the thousands of trees being planted in the new mining district (which was declared the township of Benoni) in 1906.

Modern-day Benoni has become a diverse city with an area layout of 175.55 km². And even though gold mining in the area is not as huge as it once was, Benoni is more focused on industry, servicing as the service hub for other East Rand towns like Brakpan and Nigel.

Thanks to its rich history, Benoni sports a lot of structures flaunting design styles from a bygone era (even though a lot of these buildings have sadly fallen into neglect). The most notable example is probably the City Hall, which was built in 1937.

What does a Roofer do?

The typical tasks of a Roofer can include:

·         Repairing or removing (also called ‘stripping’) a roof’s broken tiles or slates

·         Measuring and cutting materials to the correct size and shape

·         Recovering the roof

·         Cutting and fitting lead flashings around chimney stacks and adjoining walls

·         Sealing roof joints with mortar, such as on ridges and hips to ensure surfaces are watertight.

Depending on the project, a Roofer might also work with more specialised roofing techniques like leadwork. This involves covering a roof using lead rolls (which can often be seen on churches) and thatching, using natural materials to cover a roof.

Roofers usually work together with other professionals such as Joiners, Electricians, Architects, and Plumbers.

3 things a professional Roofer will tell you

1.    Consistent roof inspections are important

It happens far too often that we don’t know we have a roof crisis until it comes pouring down on us – literally. Doesn’t matter if you have a tiny leak in your roof, an infestation or a few loose shingles, regular roof inspections are crucial to ensure you and your family are kept safe underneath that massive structure. It’s recommended to conduct inspections once or twice a year, depending on your home and the weather (if you live in Cape Town, for instance, you might want to up the inspection dosage due to the region’s strong winds). And the best times to conduct said inspections? Early spring and late autumn.

2.    You can inspect your own roof

Although it’s highly advisable to get a professional in to do your roof inspection, it’s not mandatory. However, should you come across certain signs and conditions, then there’s no more holding off on calling a professional Roofer. And those signs are: water stains, dripping, exterior spots, mossy or mouldy growth, missing shingles, cracked or curled shingles, significant wear and tear, blistering exterior paint, stains, sags, and high energy bills. Should any of these present themselves, it’s high time you let a professional Roofer onto your property.  

3.    Leaks aren’t always visible

It would be so convenient if leaks always presented themselves in obvious places. But the sad fact is that leaks can easily seep into shingles and drywall, causing thousands of rands’ worth of damages before you notice so much as a drip. If you ever notice any odd, drooping spots or discoloration on your ceiling, contact the professionals immediately!

How to hire a professional Roofer

With homify’s extensive collection of professionals in the building- and design industry, finding a professional Roofer is easy and quick. Simply click on your nearest city or town in our selection of locations/cities at the bottom of the ‘Roofers’ page, or type the name into the ‘search’ bar. In addition to location, our lists of professionals include additional data such as images and details of past projects completed, contact info, plus customer reviews. Here below are some other ways of finding/hiring a roofer:

  1. Always gather at least three candidates and ensure they’ve been in the business for a few years. Roofers who are prone to shoddy work don’t tend to last that long.
  2. Start your check with availability. If they’re booked for the next few months, move on to the next candidate. Get names and addresses of any references – and if the Roofer refuses to provide you with any, drop them.
  3. Do a drive-by inspection of the Roofer’s recent jobs. Scrutinise the scene and check that the spaces between individual shingle tabs (also known as water gaps) line up perfectly straight as they alternate shingle rows.
  4. You also want to check that shingles are trimmed in a clean line along the valleys where they overlap the valley flashing.
  5. If you notice any ragged lines on the roof ends, that means shoddy work. Shingles should always be neatly trimmed so that they align with the roof’s edge.

If you’re happy with what you see, call up those references with the following questions:

  1. How long did it take for the Roofer to show up after they’ve been called?
  2. Was the Roofer professional, courteous, and did he/she charge you for any additional work?
  3. Was the job completed on budget? If not, by how much did it exceed? Were these extra charges reasonable?
  4. Did the Roofer and his team damage anything on your property?
  5. Did they clean up the job site afterwards? (it should be noted that professional Roofers always use large rolling magnets to pick up any dropped nails)
  6. Did you have a designated foreman available to address any queries during the project?
  7. Would you make use of this Roofer again?
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