There are a number of signs to look for indicating you need a roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof this year. Keep an eye out for:
- shingles that are curling or buckling
- missing shingles
- shingle granules showing up in your gutters
If you see any of the above signs, you need to speak with, and potentially hire, a roofing contractor.
How do you find the right one?
It can be daunting to wade through the abundance of roofing contractors, in the Frisco, Plano and McKinney, TX area. To make matters worse, our area gets a lot of “jack in the box” roofers. These roofers pop up during storm season and then go under ground as quickly as they came. Storm season and storm damage brings the clowns out of the woodwork.
How do you identify a quality, trustworthy roofing contractor that will stand behind their work?
It helps if you ask the right questions when interviewing potential roofing contractors. Here are 4 critical areas to explore.
Is the roofing contractor fully qualified?
Many states require that roofers be licensed, but Texas is not one of those states. As a result, it’s up to YOU to ensure that your contractor is qualified. Don’t assume that because he has a truck, ladder and looks the part, that the contractor will do an acceptable job.
A strong, reliable, qualified roofing contractor will be involved in local and national roofing associations. Most associations have strict requirements to be and stay, a member. In addition, roofing contractors will be certified by premium materials manufacturers.
Materials manufacturers also often provide training and guidelines for their certified contractors and will inspect their work. If a contractor is an opportunistic storm chaser, they will not invest the time to join local organizations and secure quality training certificates from top manufacturers!
Does the roofing contractor have general liability insurance?
When you ask this question, you better get a yes. You might as well request proof of insurance before you sign, or let them on your roof. In reality, this is for your protection. If you hire a roofer who doesn’t have the proper insurance, you can actually be liable if one of the workers gets hurt on your property.
Yes, we said that. You could be held personally liable for a injured laborer if the contractor does not have proper insurance!
You could also be liable if the roofer accidently causes serious damage to your home. Don’t expose yourself to this liability. Protect yourself by asking for, and confirming, proof of insurance.
Is the roofing contractor going to completely remove and dispose of your old roof?
Don’t assume, ask. The answer you want to hear here is that the roofing contractor will, indeed, be removing all of your old roof. This is important as some roofers will try to install new shingles on top of your old roof and claim that will suffice. This is NOT the case.
You need to make sure that your roof will be completely replaced, otherwise you can face larger issues down the road.
Can you have time to review the contract before committing?
This may seem like a minor point, but it is important that you spend time reviewing the contract. If a potential roofer seems hesitant to let you review it overnight, or becomes pushy, walk away. There should be no reason to rush you through the signing process.
4 great questions to ask when evaluating roofing contractors for your roofing repair or replacement project. Use them. They work!
If you are currently looking for roofing contractors in the McKinney, TX, area call Elevated Roofing first. We are certified and reliable roofers who offer a number of great services. Check out our website or call (469) 305-0010 today for a free inspection and consult.
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