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Roofers in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa. Located in the Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth (or ‘PE’ as it’s known to locals) is about 770 km east of Cape Town and 1000 km south of Johannesburg. Nicknamed The Windy City, PE has been laid out in a very convenient manner in the sense that everything can be reached within 15 minutes from the city’s airport.  

A variety of historic attractions can be found in and around PE, a testimony to the city’s rich cultural heritage. Some notable examples include the Campanile (a bell tower built in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820 Settlers), and the city hall (built in 1862).

The pleasing coastal lifestyle and affordable property prices of Port Elizabeth are quite tempting to young Eastern Cape families searching for their forever homes. The housing market of the Eastern Cape Province’s coastline presents numerous properties within 500 m of a beach. These attractive options are continuing to outperform non-coastal markets such as Johannesburg or Bloemfontein.

What does a Roofer do?

A Roofer is responsible for repairing and installing roofs. To do this, he/she needs to know how to work with any material from which a roof can be built, including tar, gravel, rubber, thermoplastic, metal, and shingles. All of these materials are responsible for protecting a building and its inhabitants from water damage and the elements. Just think of the major damage a leaky roof can cause to ceilings, walls, furnishings, etc. That puts a rather important emphasis on the need for professional Roofers.

Typical duties of Roofers include:

·         Inspecting problems on/in roofs to determine the best way to repair them

·         Measuring a roof to calculate how much material is needed

·         Installing ventilation systems

·         Installing shingles, asphalt, metal, or other materials to make a roof weatherproof

·         Cutting roof materials to fit around walls or vents

·         Covering exposed nail- or screw heads with roofing cement or caulk to prevent leakage.

3 signs that you are in need of a professional Roofer

1.    A sagging roof deck

Make sure to take a good look at your house’s roof every now and again from the sidewalk. Inspecting your roof’s foundation can inform you whether it’s starting to sag. And even if you only suspect sagging, it’s best to get a professional out to do proper inspection.

2.    Clogged gutters

Gutters always need to be clear of debris so that they can comfortably move water away from your house. Thus, be sure to inspect those gutters often, especially in autumn and winter when the leaves are falling and blown around more frequently – or if you live in Cape Town with its notorious winds. Should any of your gutters have previously sustained damage, have a professional Roofer come out to ensure your roof hasn’t been impacted.

3.    Broken asphalt shingles

It’s quite common for roof shingles to start cracking over time or even fall off entirely. This is more likely to happen in regions prone to strong winds. And although one or two missing shingles is not the worst thing in the world, you still want to have it looked at to ensure no major damage occurs. Should your roof be missing a large amount of shingles, it may be a sign of an underlying structural problem that needs to be inspected by a professional Roofer.

Important questions to ask a Roofer (before you hire them)

1.  Where are you 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 you licensed and insured?

It could happen that a roofing company’s license has expired or that its handyman is looking for extra work. Always check that the Roofer you hire is properly licensed and has insurance both to cover his/her crew and any possible damage to your house. If a company is trustworthy, they should have no problem providing you with the proper documentation.  

3.  Will you subcontract the work?

There is nothing wrong with a roofing company subcontracting portions of the job out to others; but again, make sure these subcontractors are also properly licensed and insured.

4.  Do you have any references?

Whether you are looking to work with a Roofer, a Gardener, an Electrician 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.

5.  Will I have a single point of contact?

From day one of your roofing project, you will want to be able to contact one person for any queries – just to make it easier for yourself. Whether it’s an on-site foreman or a company contact, be sure that someone is available during business hours to speak with.

6.  What can I expect when you are onsite?

To avoid frustration on your part, you need to have an idea of what time the crews will arrive, will clean-up happen at the end of every day, where they’ll take lunch, etc.

7.  Why is your price higher/lower than your competition?

Various factors can influence the pricing of a roof job, from the length of the project to the quality of the materials. Picking a specific Roofer over another simply on price alone is never a great plan. Enquire about the reason for their pricing and make sure you understand each element of the price quote.

8.  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.

9.  What warranties do you offer?

Ask about and have copies of all product- and installation warranties that apply to your roofing project.

10.  What suggestions would you offer?

Sometimes a roofing job is just a straightforward project. Other times the professionals in charge could have multiple suggestions on how to improve on something such as pointing out a new roofing project, helping out with energy efficiency, etc.

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