If your roofing system has sustained damage due to a recent storm, you’ll want to hire a roofing contractor to help you with the repairs. However, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind before you sign the work order. First, you’ll want to hire a licensed and insured service provider. The company should be reputable, have a physical address, and you should be able to find their information (easily) on the Internet. (You should not hire someone who is going door-to-door in an attempt to solicit work. These types of individuals are often unlicensed and uninsured, and if you decide to hire them, you won’t have any guarantee that they’ll complete the work, that the work will be done correctly, or that they won’t simply take your money and run.)
When you narrow down your list of potential contractors, you’ll still want to ask them several questions.
How much experience do you have in working with these types of materials
If your home is topped with roof tiles, you’ll want to make sure you hire a contractor who has a proven track record of fixing this type of roofing system. Remember, each company is a little bit different from the next. If the person you’re speaking with works mostly with rubber, metal, or asphalt shingle roofing materials, it’s OK to end the conversation and call someone else.
Will you need to pull permits?
Depending on the type of work that needs to be done, there’s a chance that the contractor might need to pull permits. If they do, ask them how long they expect this will take. If the job does need to be permitted, they won’t be able to start the repairs until the permits have been issued.
Who will perform the work?
Some companies have their own workers, while others use subcontractors. Be sure to ask who will be performing the work. As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to work with a company that has their own staff. Why? Because subcontractors don’t always provide the same level of service.
If you think your roof may have sustained damage in a recent storm, we can help. Not only will we provide you with a free, no-cost roof inspection, if we determine that work needs to be done, we’ll provide you with a detailed explanation and a written repair estimate.