Located in the West Rand of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, Krugersdorp is one of the various towns in the country that came into existence because of mining – in this case, gold.
In modern-day Krugersdorp and nearby areas, gold along with manganese, iron, asbestos and lime are still mined. Today, the town flaunts a bustling business centre and various shopping malls along with many smaller shops, schools, and the necessary amenities. One of its strongest tourist attractions is a large quantity of game and bird life.
For May 2019, the average estimated value of a house in Krugersdorp came to R720 000, according to property24.
A Roofer repairs and installs roofs. This type of professional needs to know how to work with any material from which a roof can be built such as tar, gravel, rubber, thermoplastic, metal, and shingles. All of these materials are responsible for protecting a building, like a house, and its inhabitants from water damage and the elements.
Depending on the type of project that a Roofer is involved with, his/her typical duties can include:
· Inspecting a roof’s problems to determine the best way to repair them
· Measuring a roof to calculate how much material is needed for the repairing
· Installing ventilation systems
· Installing shingles, asphalt, metal, or other materials to make a roof weatherproof
· Cutting the materials of a roof to make them fit around walls or vents
· Covering exposed nail- or screw heads with roofing cement or caulk to prevent leakage.
Nobody is going to force you to phone up a professional Roofer for inspecting your roof, repairing shingles, etc. However, the following facts might just convince you to give your DIY skills a break when it comes to roofing projects:
1. Roofers have the required knowledge: Roofers are trained to know about the various types of roofing materials, plus the best ways of installing each one. That means you can be sure that getting a professional Roofer means you are not wasting time and money on a vital project.
2. Roofers can save you money: DIYing a roof project or getting a friend to do it might save some time and costs, but you always run the risk of sub-standard results in such cases. And should any issues pop up afterwards, the project will have to be restarted at your expense. Working with a professional right from the start cancels out this problem and saves you money.
3. Roofers offer warranties: With a warranty, the Roofer that completed the original roof installation will take responsibility for both material and labour issues.
4. Roofers are safe: A roof high above the ground is not the safest space to work, which is just one more reason why DIYing anything to do with roofs is not recommended. Along with experience, professional Roofers also know which safety gear to use and how to avoid injury to themselves and their colleagues.
1. Where is your business / company located? You want to work with a company that is established and reputable, and that is why you need to ensure they have a business street address – not just a P.O. Box or website. Do a little digging to find out when they were established and whether or not they have an established presence in the industry.
2. Are your services licensed and insured? Always make sure that the Roofer you hire is properly licensed and has insurance both to cover his/her crew and any possible damage to your house. Asking them to produce evidence of a valid license and insurance is a simple question – should they hesitate to share this with you, consider it a red flag and move on to the next candidate on your list.
3. Can I see some references? Whether you are looking to work with a Roofer, an Interior Designer, a Floorer or any other professional in the industry, it makes a huge difference to first speak to other people who can give you a unique insight into the pro’s experience and work ethic.
4. Who will my point of contact be for any queries? To make it easier for everyone involved, there needs to be a single person who you can contact for any questions relating to your roofing project. Sometimes this will be the Roofer, other times a professional foreman will be put in charge to handle customer queries.
5. What can I expect when you are onsite? Part of what makes a professional Roofer is his/her and their team’s ability to inform the client about what time the crews will arrive every day, if clean-up will happen at the end of every day, when lunch will be taken, etc.
6. Why is your price higher/lower than your competition? Various factors can influence the pricing of a roof job, such as the length of the project, the quality of the materials, etc. Enquire about the reason for the Roofer’s pricing and make sure you understand each element of the price quote.
7. When can you start? Although there is no right or wrong answer to this question, it can start a dialogue as to schedules, availability, the number of work crews. And be aware that a Roofer might be fully booked for the next few weeks / months.
8. What warranties do you offer? Ask about and have the professional provide copies of all product- and installation warranties that apply to your roofing project.
9. What suggestions would you offer? Sometimes a roofing job is just a straightforward project, like replacing shingles. Other times the Roofers could have some suggestions on how to improve on something such as energy efficiency, etc. Even though you are the paying client, be open to your Roofer’s suggestions – after all, they are the professional!