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Extended Winter Causing Roofing and Construction Backlog

Updated on May 19, 2014

Too much work to do and not enough time to get it done

If you have read the news at all lately you have seen that our economy has taken quite the beating from this harsh and long winter weather. The construction industry is feeling the pressure more then any other because it is a seasonal business which means they have even less time to get even more work done.

Shoveling snow off a roof is hard and dangerous work

A typically seasonal profession

Roofing and construction companies are typically working at full capacity by mid March at the latest. This year many haven’t even started touching project late into April. Certain roofing contractors work throughout winter but this is a rarity now a days. It is hard to find companies like this because of the extra work that is required shoveling off snow before working, let alone paying the workers extra for the increased hazard and effort.

Houston, we have a problem!

Timely responses can sometimes cost you extra

Now that the weather is permitting you will find lots of other companies with a back log for months on end. This means that they will not be able to address any emergency leaks or issues in a timely fashion and if they do change the schedule for you then it is going to cost a pretty penny.

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In your search for a contractor to do business with make sure to ask them how far out they are scheduling. If they take a deposit from you be very careful as they may not be able to address your problem in a timely fashion and you do not want your money tied up if you are not going to use them in the end anyways. Once you have signed a legally binding contract you are held responsible to pay the remaining balance regardless of the situation unless the terms are specifically outlined and violated. If you do not do so the contractor is able to place a lien on your property which will then be foreclosed on to pay off the debt. Make sure to completely protect yourself by thoroughly reading over all documents before accepting the terms and by seeking legal advice for any questions that you may have before signing.

But they said they didn't want our equipment on their driveway!

Who is that working on my roof?

With the season in full effect you will find many companies scrambling to complete work and to find the necessary workers to complete these jobs. This often leads to problems because they end up sub contracting to unreliable people that do sub par work. The last thing you want is for some slick salesman to make you a bunch of promises only to have an amateur crew show up on your roof that are barely capable of speaking let alone properly completing the installation. It is always a good idea to check how long the company has been in business and to ask how long the employees have worked for the company. With a little research online you should be able to get a good idea of whether or not previous customers are happy with the work and service they have received.

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Life would be easy if we could be in 10 different places at the same time

The good news is that the materials are currently available; in fact the supply companies are just dying to get rid of some of their inventory. This should make the estimates you receive much more competitive but once again this all depends on the present demand for the work. The issue here revolves around scheduling because it is very difficult for a contractor to arrange for the delivery of materials to your property when there are 20 other shipments that need to be made to 20 other locations that same day as well. Therefore, it is a lot safer to do business with a company that is large enough to demand respect from the suppliers and that can set firm install dates that work around your schedule. Not having this ability is just another downside to hiring the two guys working out of the back of a truck. Not to mention that insurance they provided you with is most likely bogus and as soon as they "accidentally" hurt themselves on the job I hope you are ready to pay for and take care of them like they are your own kid. An associate at a local distributor ABC Supply summed it up when he said “Unfortunately there are only so many orders that can get filled in a day and we have to service our larger clients first before we can even consider the smaller guys.”

The North East U.S. has the hardest time working around the weather


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