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Roofing: Safety First, Use a Professional Contractor

By Jeffrey Anderson
Every homeowner feels there are certain remodeling tasks that they can tackle and save themselves a little money. In just about every case, a professional contractor would be able to do a higher quality job while taking less time, and that holds true with roofing as well. But there is another factor which must be taken into consideration when you are thinking about doing roofing yourself, and that is safety.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is responsible for ensuring that companies protect their workers from injury. OSHA considers the roofing industry to be the 5th most dangerous occupation in terms of fatal injuries each year. Even a fall from a one-story roof can be fatal if someone lands badly or on a hard object. If roofing is a dangerous occupation for roofing contractors think about the potential danger for a homeowner.

Roofing Contractor Advantages

Roof contractors are skilled in the complicated techniques necessary for preventing water intrusion, regardless of the type of roof you have on your home. Professional roofing contractors should be proficient in installing all types of roofing materials such as:

  • Shingles
  • Metal Roofing
  • Cedar shakes
  • Slate

Professional roofing contractors should know how to properly flash around vent piping and chimneys. They usually know how to prevent ice damming and how to install adequate roof venting. Water damage to the interior of a home can be costly. A substantial leak may cause you to replace sheetrock, insulation, and flooring. Mold can become an issue when your roof leaks.

Hiring a Contractor

These are some of the main issues and there are many minor issues which will determine how your room addition will blend in as an integral part of your existing home and give you the additional space you need.

A construction professional will be able to give you estimates of all costs involved, and the benefit of his or her knowledge and experience. The contractor will often have a drafting department or access to a drafting professional so that in addition to the estimates, you receive drawings of how the addition's exterior and interior.

Use a Professional Roofing Contractor

Professional roofing contractors provide comprehensive estimates of costs associated with putting a new roof on your home. The estimates should include prices for all labor and material to install the new roof and the hauling off of all debris created while doing the job. Roof contractors can also give you advice on the types and colors of roofing available for your home and should be knowledgeable about the prices for various roofing options.

Keep the interior of your home dry and yourself safe; hire a professional roofing contractor.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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