Metal Roofing Options? Check Your Sources.
May 31, 2018 | By Mike Gonet | Filed under: Blog
I remember when I was in high school wondering why my teachers were so bent on us citing our sources and making sure they were checked and verified. As a teenager, I was pretty certain that the papers and reports I was penning were absolutely gold, but at the same time I was equally certain that the sources I was drawing from would never see my papers. So what was the big deal?
In the age of the internet, “sources” are everywhere. You don’t have to look hard to find confusing and often times conflicting information on the world-wide-web. As an adult, I think I realize now maybe what my teachers and professors were getting at; beyond wanting to ensure there wasn’t any plagiarism afoot, I think they wanted to be able to check for themselves, and begin to develop in their students a habit of checking, the sources for validity.
As you research metal roofing options, it’s important that you check your sources.
I speak frequently with homeowners who have “read on the internet” something that turns out to be confusing, misleading or just downright false.
Check your sources. But how does one go about doing that in today’s day and age, when information is everywhere and everyone claims to be an expert?
First, look at the history of the company or the history of the individual claiming to be an expert. Have they stood the test of time? Can you find third-party verification of skilled work, or of their supposed expertise? If their past customers, who are hopefully numerous, believe they know what they are talking about, and it’s proven true on their own homes – you’re probably safe to listen to what the “expert” has to say.
Second, are they “selling” or are they “informing”. Salespeople sell, and experts inform. Naturally, the owner of a company is going to want you to buy from them, and they will undoubtedly believe that their product is the best and try to “sell” you on that to some extent, but when doing your research, seek out those articles and companies whose goal is to inform, not to sell. Metal roof salespeople are no different, they want to sell you their product.
There is a lot of information out there about reroofing, and about metal roof contractors, and more gets pumped out every day. There are some great places to go to get information, because they have a history of valid information and they seek to inform the public. You just have to look carefully to find them.
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Do your due diligence and don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Make sure you are checking your sources, and collecting good information. It will make you a better consumer, and a company that isn’t selling snake-oil won’t mind at all that you are informed and know what you are looking for.
Best of luck as you surf the web and do your homework!