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How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

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North Carolina has been experiencing some powerful hurricanes the past couple years, so we at Odyssey Contracting have been busy helping to rebuild. Both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused damage to parts of our state. Roofs are one of the more common types of damage to occur during a storm because tree limbs are falling and the wind is pulling at the shingles.

For those who have experienced some damage in a storm, or just normal wear and tear, it can be difficult to know whether to simply repair and patch the damage or to replace the entire roof. Here are some quick questions to ask to determine which path makes more sense in your situation.

1. What does your insurance agree to pay for? If there was damage covered by your homeowner’s insurance, and they think the entire roof should be replaced, there is no question. You replace the roof. It will have to be replaced eventually, and if it is covered, you will save on replacing it later.
2. How many years of life are left on the roof? Limited damage done to a roof that was put on ten years ago calls for repair. However, if your roof was put on 18 years ago, depending on how much damage there is, the right call is likely to be to replace the roof. The average life of a roof is around 20 or 25 years, so that’s important to keep in mind when deciding between repairing and replacing.
3. What’s the extent of the damage? Even if the roof is rather young, it may have been poorly installed or have withstood too much damage and will need to be replaced. In some cases, a warranty will still be active which would save you a lot of money. Multiple missing shingles, leaking flashing, spongy boards underneath from water damage and shedding granules are all signs of major wear.
4. How important are matching shingle colors to you? This may not be the most important factor to consider, but all other things being equal, if you don’t want to look up at your roof and see mismatching shades, you may want to opt for a replacement. Repairing the roof by adding shingles to certain areas inevitably leads to different colors on different parts of the roof. This happens because of uneven weathering and can’t easily be avoided.
5. How much longer are you planning to stay in the house? If you are likely moving in a couple of years and the roof can be made decent enough for the house to sell, you may not want to spring for an entirely new roof. Unless the homebuyer demands it as part of a deal, it would otherwise just be a gift to the people moving in.

Odyssey Contracting serves Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We are always willing to discuss which option is best for our customers. It’s not just about recommending what will give us the biggest contract. We want to help you get the longest life from your roof. Our phone number is 919-916-5640 if you wish to discuss the best options for your roof.

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How to Find The Right Raleigh Roofing Contractor

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We at Odyssey Contracting believe we belong at the top of any roofing contractor list for the greater Raleigh Durham area, but we also don’t want you to just take our word for it. Finding a roofing contractor takes a little bit of effort to make sure you are getting someone who can get the job done well for a reasonable price. Of course, we want your business, but we want to earn it after you go through a process like the one described below.

Make a list of prospects – There are a lot of opinions on how to make this list. Some will recommend you go online and do some research; others suggest you should ask friends and family for referrals. Both of these are good, but try to get your list from a variety of sources. Online reviews are good because much of it is organic and out of the control of the contractor. The Better Business Bureau will have any complaints made against any of them and Google and Yelp reviews can often give a sense of customer satisfaction. Referrals from loved ones can be good too, but just because one friend had a good experience doesn’t mean that company is consistent. It also may be your coworker’s buddy or cousin that they are helping get work, so gather your list from a few diverse sources.

Invite each of them to the job site – Meeting them in person can tell you a lot. Do they show up in a professional vehicle with their business logo on it? Does the person who comes to meet you seem interested and knowledgeable? When they’re with you, does their phone keep ringing with other business? Can they answer questions confidently?

Ask them for some details on their company – Important details on their business include whether they are insured, whether they have the proper licensing and whether they are part of a professional organization related to roofing (like National Roofing Contractors Association). These details don’t necessarily mean they will do better or worse than another contractor, but a professional-level contractor will have all these ducks in a row and will be happy to provide them if asked.

Inquire about the company’s work dynamics – Who is going to come out to do the job? Is it just the owner and his brother or is it a full crew that will knock it out in a day? How long have they been doing this? What kind of materials do they use? There are a lot of details to consider in a roofing job, and a good company will have a system in place to make sure it’s organized.

Get a bid, not an estimate – To really know what you would get from each of these contractors, and for what price, you’ll have to get an actual bid from each of them. Estimates are fuzzier and can be adjusted later depending on if their initial impressions pan out. Be wary of both the highest and the lowest bids. A low bid could be a sign of a struggling company trying to gin-up business by cutting corners. Higher bids could be the sign of someone trying to overcharge, hoping you won’t notice. Neither of these is necessarily the case, but keep an eye on price outliers. Also, keep an eye on exactly what is included in the contract. Do you get a warranty of any kind? How about site clean-up that is included?

The last piece of advice: put Odyssey Contracting on your list. We serve Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We have a professional, dedicated crew of roofing experts and would be honored to be included on your roofing contractor prospect list. Give us a call at 919-916-5640 to inquire or to plan a site visit.