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Welkom is the second-largest city in the Free State province of South Africa. Located about 256 km south of Johannesburg, Welkom has the distinct reputation of being South Africa’s youngest town.

Welkom started, like many other towns and cities in the country, as a result of gold discoveries – in this case, in the north-western Free State. It officially became a town in 1948, not even 10 years after gold was found just north in Odendaalsrus.

Due to its rich history, various monuments have been established Welkom. Some of the more renowned ones include the Aandek Monument, Afrikaans Language Monument, Dog Monument, and Old Indaba Bluegum Tree.

What does a Roofer do?

It is the job of a professional Roofer to repair and maintain the roof structures of houses, corporate offices, and other buildings. In their day-to-day work, Roofers make use of a range of tools and materials to get the job done. Depending on the roof they are working on, they can work with any material such as asphalt, galvanized steel, glass, terra cotta tiles, and shingles.

Similar to other professionals in the construction industry (Electricians, Tilers, Interior Designers, etc.), Roofers undergo extensive training. This helps them to build up their skills, as roofing is a fine craft that requires time and balance. A roof is quite a vital component of any structure; thus, 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. 

Roofers can also inspect existing roofs for damage, calculate the costs and materials to fix or build a roof, install insulation or vapour barriers, cut materials to fit corners and against walls, and seal the entire structure to avoid leaks.

Why must I use a professional Roofer?

1.    Roofers have expertise

Roofers are trained on the different types of roofing materials, plus their relevant installation methods. Therefore, you can be sure that working with a professional Roofer means you are not wasting time and money on something that is crucial to your house.

2.    Roofers can save you money

Fixing a roof yourself when you do not possess the skills and experience to do so means you run the risk of worsening the problem. If that’s the case, you’re going to have to repeat all the hard work – and pay for it. Going with a professional right from the start cancels out this issue and can save you thousands of rands.

3.    Roofers offer warranties

Since a warranty means that the roofing contractor that completed the original installation will take responsibility for both material and labour issues, that also cancels out some very important costs on your part.

4.    Roofers are safe

Opportunities for injuries and accidents are plentiful in the building industry. Accidents relating to roofing are also common, which is another crucial reason why it’s advised against DIYing anything to do with roofs. Professional Roofers are also trained on how to use the right safety gear for a project, meaning they can easily avoid injury to themselves, their colleagues, and the client.

How can I hire a professional Roofer?

Finding a professional Roofer on homify is quick and easy, thanks to our widespread gathering of professionals in the building- and design industry. 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. 

On top of that, there are some more ways of finding the right roofer for your house project:

  • Always narrow your options down to at least three candidates and ensure they’ve been in the business for a few years. Roofers who are prone to careless work don’t tend to last that long.
  • Availability is vital. If the Roofer is 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, see it as a red flag.  
  • Take a look at the Roofer’s recent jobs – both on homify and in real life, if possible. 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.
  • You also want to check that shingles are trimmed in a clean line along the valleys where they overlap the valley flashing.
  • If you notice any ragged lines on the roof ends, that is a sign of sloppy 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:

  • How long did you have to wait for the Roofer to show up after they’ve been called?
  • Was the Roofer professional, courteous, and did he/she charge you for any additional work?
  • Were all the jobs for your roofing project stipulated on the quote / contract? Were there any unforeseen costs?
  • Did the Roofer and his team damage anything on your property?
  • Did they clean up the job site afterwards? (professional Roofers always use large rolling magnets to pick up any dropped nails)
  • Would you make use of this Roofer again and would you recommend him/her to anyone else?
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