Choosing a roofer can be an intimidating process, but with just a little bit of knowledge you can weed out the “fly-by-night” companies.
1. Location, Location, Location
In the industry there are many roofers that are considered “fly-by-nighters”. They track down where the most recent storms are and set up shop in that area. They might be able to help you get a new roof, but what if you have any issues down the road after they leave? Now you’re left with the issue and no one to call because they’re on to their next storm. You want to make sure that your roofer is locally owned and operated. If there are issues, you can have a quick conversation with your Project Manager, and have it repaired promptly.
2. Heart Of A Teacher
It’s easy to tell when a roofer is there just to get the sale. Unfortunately; that’s how some companies operate instead of training them to teach the homeowner(s) the process, and walk them through their entire roofing system. When you, the homeowner, have knowledge it gives you the power to make an educated decision. You want someone that is going to answer all your questions and elaborate in full detail. If your roofer can not provide answers for all your questions, or reassure you of common things not to worry about, this should raise a huge red flag. They are the “professional”, they should know all aspects of that trade.
3. Cutting Corners and Being the “Cheapest”
We all want the best bang for our buck, but we also want to make sure the quality of the roof and installation aren’t compromised. If a roofer says that they can beat any price around, or will give you “the bottom dollar”, these typically mean “shortcuts” will be made. Last thing you want is them reusing damaged ventilation or covering over old felt with new felt, instead of stripping all the way down to the deck, to save on labor. Manufacturers have specific instructions on how to install their products, with no deviations. Improper installation can void manufacturer provided warranties, risk shingles becoming detached, a leak damaging your interior, or cause your attic to vent improperly.
4. Adequate Insurance To Protect Your Home
In a perfect world all installation would be smooth sailing, but accidents can happen. In the event they do, who is liable? If your roofer does not have insurance or is under insured, you the homeowner might be. The last thing you want as the owner, is to be worried about possible liabilities. Adequate insurance does more than protect you from the people working on your home, it also protects you from mother nature. In the instance mother nature does decide to rain on your parade, you need to have peace of mind the right precautions are set in place to protect you. If they aren’t, you could run the risk of unexpected out of pocket cost for repairs, when you weren’t at fault.
5. Manufacturer Certifications
After perusing through companies and checking off the previous items, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right one for your roofing needs? Well, most manufactures have certifications that the roofer can receive after going through extensive training and meeting manufacturers required qualifications. Two of the biggest shingle manufactures are GAF and Owens Corning. Both of which, offer programs to become certified installers. These certifications also allow the roofer to give you the best warranties available in the industry. These are backed by the manufacturer for materials and labor, so just encase your chosen roofer is no longer in business, you’re still able to redeem your warranty.
That concludes our 5 things to know before picking a roofer. Please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have. We have a team of professionals ready to answer any question you have!