Bloemfontein (the Afrikaans and Dutch word for “fountain of flowers”) is the Capital City of the Free State Province. Officially founded in 1846 by the British, Bloemfontein became the judicial capital of the Union of South Africa in 1910.
Bloemfontein is located just about in the centre of South Africa, bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo less than 400 km south of Johannesburg. Modern-day Bloemfontein is the home of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, the Franklin Game Reserve, Naval Hill, the Maselspoort Resort and the Sand du Plessis Theatre, plus numerous museums.
It is commonly said that Johannesburg is five years behind the world and the Free State is five years behind Johannesburg. That perfectly sums up the relaxed atmosphere of Bloemfontein, where residents place a high value on quality of life and family. Although everything seems to move a bit slower here, there is no ‘big city stress’ to speak of.
For May 2019, the average estimated value of a house in Bloemfontein (according to property 24) came to about R 960 000. Apartments' prices came in slightly lower at R 820 000.
It is a professional Roofer’s job to maintain and repair the roof structures of houses, factories, offices, and other types of buildings. Professional Roofers make use of various tools and materials in their day-to-day roles and depending on the type of roof they are working on, they can work with asphalt, galvanized steel, and shingles.
Like other professionals in the construction industry (i.e. Electricians, Floorers, Interior Designers), Roofers undergo extensive training in order to build up their skills. To do professional roofing requires time and balance. A professional Roofer must be able to align the shingles or other materials of a roof correctly in order to protect the building from the elements like wind and rain.
A Roofer can also be asked to inspect existing roofs for damage, calculating the costs and materials to fix or build a roof, installing insulation or vapour barriers, cutting materials to fit corners and against walls, and sealing the entire structure to avoid leaks.
Nobody is going to force you to employ a Roofer for that roof-specific project of yours. However, it does come with some pretty amazing benefits, like:
1. Saving you money
Putting a roof on correctly, or fixing one, involves many different tools and materials. Buying all of these could cost a pretty penny, and since you don’t work in the industry or have suppliers, you won’t get a reduced rate like most Roofers.
2. Access to high-quality materials
If you were to DIY your new roof, you’d probably go for the cheapest materials available to cut costs. Professional Roofers, on the other hand, have access to first-class materials at reduced costs, which means your new roof will be able to sport top-notch materials.
3. Working with an expert
Not all home renovation projects go as planned. And should you attempt a roofing project on your own, you might not know what to do once you encounter an unforeseen problem. But a seasoned professional Roofer is trained to know exactly what to do should any issue pop up. That allows you and your family peace of mind for the duration of the project.
4. Much quicker results
It’s not a guarantee that the professional Roofer you hire will be able to start the very next day. However, what you can rely on is that, due to a professional Roofer’s skills and training, they’ll deliver a first-rate job much sooner than even the most experienced DIYer.
5. Less chance of injury
A roof high above the ground is never the safest spot to work. But Roofers are also trained on safety precautions, which means letting a professional take care of the job equals a lower risk of injury. In addition, good Roofers carry insurance that protects you from liability should someone from their crew sustain an injury.
6. A warranty
DIYing a roofing project means that all mistakes are your responsibility. But many professional roofing companies offer warranties through their work. That is excellent news should an issue arise after a few months, like a leaky roof. Just check your Roofer’s warranty policy before signing that contract!
1. Your roof deck starts to sag
Make sure to take a good look at your house’s roof every now and again from the sidewalk. This could inform you about any possible sagging – a very dangerous thing for any roof to do! And even if you only suspect sagging, it’s best to get a professional out to do proper inspection before the problem worsens.
2. Your gutters are clogged
In order to efficiently move water away from your house, those gutters need to be 100% debris-free. So, be sure to inspect those gutters often, especially in autumn and winter when the leaves are falling and blown around more frequently. Should any of your gutters have previously sustained damage, have a professional Roofer come out to ensure that the problem hasn’t moved into your roof structure.
3. Your roof’s asphalt shingles are broken
Don’t worry if you notice that your roof’s shingles have cracked or if one or two have fallen off – it happens with time, particularly in areas prone to high winds. And although one or two missing shingles is not the worst thing in the world, don’t ignore the issue. Have it looked at to ensure no major damage occurs. If your roof is missing quite a few shingles, then it’s time to take professional action. This may signify an underlying structural problem, so be sure to contact a Roofer to take care of the problem as soon as possible.