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Should I fix the roof on my renovation?
I was told once by my mentor Ray Smith of Dynamic Roofing that every house in the world needs a roof – it’s a non-negotiable option. He followed the statement with, “yet 90 per cent of people spend the least amount possible to protect the what’s underneath it.”
There’s no denying it. Ray was right..
I turned up to this fantastically re-designed establishment that looked the absolute ducks nuts. But, because the roof was leaking and the owner was at the end of their tether with the builders, the tenants had stopped paying rent and were exercising their legal rights. I got up onto the roof and nearly had a heart attack. The roof was the polar opposite of what the facade from the ground had made me believe.
The builders had left the roof in a state of shambles, and, it was quite frankly dangerous. The loose items on the roof left the owner of the building liable for potential damage to neighbouring properties, the train lines across the road, and even the general public. There’s not much that could be worse than a sheet of roofing iron being thrown through the air and colliding with a person!
Anyway, I am getting off track.
Ray always said that the first place you want to spend money is on the roof. So, here is my question:
“If you are renovating a home, restaurant, government building, retail space, or just about anything that requires water NOT entering the building, why is the roof left until last?”
Let’s unpack this question.
Here are some possible answers:
Instead of investing in a professional repair service, the general response to a roof leak by a property owner is one of the following:
The above is an escalating process that starts at, “I can fix this” and ends with, “The roof is still leaking. I have no idea why. Let’s call in the experts”. That process is generally the case when the budget is tight. Now, to say that calling a roof inspector first will save you money every time is just not true. Sometimes you can patch something with a little silicone (it’s magic stuff). However, relying on it is not a solution long-term.
If the above happens to you, what is the best course of action?
An insurance company will not pay out on damage caused