4 Big Differences Between Condo and Townhome Roofing Contractors
If you’re in the process of exploring roofing contractors for your condo or townhome, you may have noticed the terms “roofing contractors” and “roofers” are used interchangeably. As a homeowner, it’s easy to get confused at first. But there are significant differences between these two types of roofing contractors that can have a major effect on how much the project costs. Greentek Property Solutions wants to keep you informed, especially if you manage one or more properties.
Roofing contractors and roofers are not the same thing
Not all roofing contractors are roofers. A roofer is someone who can fix your roof or replace it. A roofing contractor is someone who is involved in the installation, repair, and replacement of roofs. A roofing contractor will work with a roofer to fix or replace your roof.
Some roofing contractors install the entire roof, while some contractors only work on a portion of the roof. If you have a roofer, you need to take some time to understand the differences between these two types of contractors. In addition, contractors who install the entire roof will have a contract with an establishment or party like a contractor’s association (more on that below).
While it might seem confusing at first, there’s actually quite a bit of crossover between the two, but it goes far more in-depth into what type of roof installation contractor you need for your specific roofing project.
There are a few factors to keep in mind if you’re trying to determine which type of contractor will work best for your roof:
This may be the biggest consideration. Certain roofing contractors will say they can come in and fix a certain part of your roof within a certain time period and have a certain price (or wage), while others will say they’ll come in and fix it after you’ve already checked it twice and say it will cost you more than you can afford. While on the surface it may seem like the first contractor is always going to be cheaper when it comes to your project, that’s not always the case.
As a rule of thumb, don’t expect to be able to get your door replaced for a cheaper price than buying it new, even if a contractor is charging you less than your previous contractor would have.
The difference between a townhome roof and condominium roof
In the townhome association, the roof is owned by the townhome association, and the owner of each townhome is responsible for maintaining their own roof, including repairs and replacements. In the condominium association, the roof is owned by the condominium association, and the owner of each condominium unit is responsible for maintaining their own roof, including repairs and replacements. The difference between maintenance for the two types of homes — one owned by the associations versus the other owned by each unit’s owner — is the amount of maintenance done per owner per year. In general, when it comes to roofing, the association tries to minimize the cost of any maintenance so that it doesn’t happen. The owner of each unit only cares about the condition of their roof once they start to accumulate cumulative critical neglect charges, which results in the association collecting a fee from the property owner when they skip a scheduled maintenance visit.
When you talk to a roofer about the cost of your project, they will most likely tout the lower maintenance fees offered by the associations. But the maintenance fees for the two types of homes are completely and totally different. You can save money — potentially thousands of dollars — if you choose to hire a contractor who specializes in the maintenance of one of these two roofing services.
Let’s take a look at how selecting this type of contractor (or choosing a contractor with lower maintenance fees) can reduce the cost of your project and whether you should choose it.
There is one exception to this general rule. For any roof business similar to roofing contractors providing more traditional maintenance services, having multiple people perform the job won’t save you money. Instead, having one master roofer will save you money because they will do everything from ripping up floors to installing roof lining and shingles.
For example, the owner of a six-unit townhouse complex may want to do roof replacement for all six units, but may choose to subcontract out the removal and replacement of a part of the roof.
Roofing contractors have many different building types they work with, and Greentek Property Solutions does it all.
The cost of a townhome roof versus a condo roof
A townhome roof is going to cost more than a condo roof. Townhomes are two stories and condos are one story. The more stories you have, the more labor it takes and that means more money. It also costs more to heat and cool a townhome than it does the condo below it. Imagine you have a two story home with a roof, and you want to have a second story for your new pet. A traditional contractor would put the second story together and fully paint it before they started the job. That would be an expensive project for a small private owner.
If the work is going to be a full 2 hours, they will run out of time. Even if the job only takes 5 minutes to do, they might fail to finish the job because of a long lead time (which is another thing you have to pay for, insurance, subcontractors, and applicable taxes).
That same contractor could also refuse to finish the work if it’s going to cost them more money than your insurance will cover (this happens often in construction). They may make some educated guesses about the cost of the job you offered, and price it higher. The right roofing contractors will give you several options in pricing.
How to find roofing contractors that are affordable and high quality
Here’s a breakdown of what constitutes a roofing contractor and a roofer depending on where you live.
Depending on the number of projects they’re doing, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting the best roofing or damp proofing around. Below is a breakdown of the main difference between these types of contractors.
“Maintenance services” are what they say: They are the work that’s often neglected by the homeowners themselves. There are so many things that can go wrong with the roof, from leaks to missing shingles, and many other issues.
Buyers will typically want contractors that will necessarily do this kind of work around their home: repair roofs, wall covering, and fixing and painting windows and doors. Contractors that do this kind of work are known for being very reliable and quick.
Although it doesn’t have as high a volume as more specialized contractors, homeowners who want fast results with less hassle typically choose maintenance contractors.
Roofing contractors will spend time doing this type of work: repairing leaks, painting, repairing gutters, and so on.
Maintenance contractors, on the other hand, aren’t necessarily the ones doing the heavy lifting when it comes to fixing problems. Instead, they work to make the homeowners’ lives easier by fixing leaks, gutters, and things that don’t belong under the roof alone. Because the work is mostly tasks the property owner can do herself, you can typically expect much lower rates and delivery times. Some well-known roofing contractors will even hire neighbors to help them during this job. In general, the maintenance contractor usually charges less than a roofer.
To get the best deal for your home, you need to hire the right roofing contractors to maintain it, whether it’s a detached home or a condo or townhome roof that needs repair or replacement.
Many people wait too long to replace their roofs and lose a lot of money in the process. A good roof can last for decades if it’s properly maintained, but if you’re not careful, you could end up paying a lot of money for shoddy work. When it comes to deciding whether to hire a roofing contractor or simply replace the existing roof yourself, there are a few key things to consider.
First, how many issues can arise during the installation process alone? A poorly installed roof may cause problems beyond the shoddy work on the shingles. Fixing a leaky roof could result in a staged failure, where the roof caved in completely instead of coming apart the way it was supposed to. Installing brand new framing may not prevent future issues from occurring. If you have kids living in your home, a leaky roof could have serious safety implications. The installation process itself is comprised of a lot of moving parts, and there could be issues associated with proper bonding, fasteners, screw holes, and so on. These are all potentially problematic areas to have a roofing contractor deal with.
Second, different roofing contractors handle issues on a case-by-case basis. Some install shingles, others replace the framing, and still others deal with the insulation inside the walls. There are pros and cons to insulating your roof. While one method may be better than the other for your particular circumstances, selecting a contractor to install insulation can turn into a nightmare if you don’t understand what the process entails. Getting panels installed by a contractor that doesn’t know how to properly insulate is a guaranteed recipe for frustration and a long process that could cost more than the materials they used to install them.
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