Careful planning can help keep your roof replacement project on track. As part of the planning process, it’s a good idea to do your research on the common causes of delays. That way, you can take the necessary precautions to prevent them from interfering with your project timeline.
The most common causes of delays in roofing projects are:
Bad weather – Inclement weather is the most common cause of roofing project delays. Moisture is problematic for roof installations because they create a damp environment that’s the perfect breeding ground for mold. Left unattended, mold can compromise your new roof’s performance and even affect other parts of your home. If you want to reduce the risk of weather-related delay, it’s best to schedule your roofing project in summer or fall. Fall is arguably the more ideal season of the two because of its mild weather conditions.
Underlying roof issues – You can’t completely rule out the risk of underlying roofing issues. For instance, it’s possible that your roofing decking was damaged and needs to be replaced. Before construction starts, a contractor will normally inspect your roof for signs of damage. To assess the condition of your roof decking, they’ll inspect your attic for signs of damage. However, this method isn’t foolproof, so there’s still a chance there’s rot in your roof decking even if the contractor didn’t find anything unusual. However, if your roof was routinely maintained by a professional roofing contractor, it’s unlikely that there are underlying roofing issues.
Change orders – Change orders are modifications made to the original project’s scope after construction started. While they may be necessary in some cases, it’s best to avoid them.
To further reduce the risk of delays, you should vet a contractor before hiring them. After all, less experienced contractors are more likely to make costly mistakes that could delay the entire project. Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a roofer has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
TJ Exteriors, a company with over three decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior and exterior remodeling services. To get a free estimate, call us at (952) 448-4312 or fill out this form.