Let’s be very clear about this: The roofing business, or roof repair contractors business, is one of the most unprofessional home improvement businesses, infested with shingle bangers, seedy personalities, and let’s not forget, fly by night roofers, here today – gone tomorrow. And gone with your money, your signed workmanship promises, and zero warranty protection. It really is a serious problem because even the biggest roof repair contractors in the biggest cities stink of bad workmanship.
Why do roof repair contractors suffer these unsavoury conditions?
Reason #1: Roofing a is a back-breaking, thankless, painful job and many roofers only have one goal in mind: To get off the roof as soon as possible! To get away from the harsh 150 degree temperatures in the summer (it is much hotter on the roof), and the minus 20 degree temperatures in the winter (not including the windchill of being 100% exposed on the high rooftops).
In other words – to stop the pain.
Reason #2: Many roofers are uneducated and even illiterate.
Reason #3: Installing shingles can be learned in a few days.
Reason #4: The wages are good – even for a beginner.
Reason #5: Many roofers come from poor, abusive backgrounds and alcohol and drugs are extremely prominent.
Reason #6: Roofers tend to be socially challenged with very low self esteem.
This combination of all the above 6 reasons makes it extremely difficult for roofing companies to hire and motivate employees. Almost all roofing companies will easily agree that hiring and keeping reliable workers is their main problem, their biggest headache.
So how do you as a home owner needing to hire and choose between roof repair contractors actually make the right choice and weed out the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Well, the first step is to forget about trying to get the lowest price. The lowest price is almost always the worst price. Why? Because running a successful, reliable roofing contracting business costs real dollars. It cost real dollars for a number of good reasons. Caring for the roofers that do the hard work is crucial. It is high time that roofing contractors learn to stop playing the low-ball pricing game and it is high time that home owners support this human endeavour. That means YOU!
For every dollar you, as a home owner, “save” that saved dollar is making it difficult or impossible for the roofing industry to supply a long term win-win situation for everyone involved.
Which one are YOU? The good, the bad, or the ugly? Keep this in mind the next time you write a cheque to a roofing or roof repair contractor.