How to Vet a Roofing Company
When faced with a big decision like getting a new roof, many homeowners don’t know where to start. They may ask friends or do a quick search to find a local contractor. While you may find a reputable Tampa roofing company that way, asking the right questions and doing a little background work can help ensure you find the best roofing company for your house.
Ask Potential Roofing Contractors These Questions
Are you licensed?
Not having a license should be a nonstarter. For a contractor to legally work in Florida, they must be licensed. Someone who does not have a license may still be a good contractor—and if so, they should apply for a license.
What kind of insurance do you carry?
Roofing contractors should carry general liability insurance and worker’s comp at a minimum. Some companies may carry additional insurance like business auto insurance for their work trucks, however, the most important for a homeowner is general liability insurance. General liability insurance helps protect your property if something goes wrong.
Who will be working on my home?
When a company comes out to do a quote on your roof, you may assume that the kind face you see will be the person you’ll see on the ladder in a couple of weeks.
Too often, roofing companies subcontract their work. They focus on getting the clients and then outsource the jobs. Protect your home and hire a company that maintains its own crew. Only then can a company truly guarantee its work.
How long will the job take?
Everyone wants to know how long a job will take and it’s a homeowner’s right to a good estimate. A roofing contractor should be able to provide you with an estimate for when they will be starting work, how long they will be working each day, and how many days they believe it will take to complete the job. Hiring a company that works on only one house at a time may ensure that they get the job more quickly and are better able to meet their estimates.
What kind of roofing options do you offer?
Not all roofers carry all roofing options, which can actually be better for homeowners. Roofers who specialize in one or two roofing materials are better able to become experts in the material. They can keep up to date on the latest advances in roofing for their chosen material and understand the nuances of installing it. Before setting up an appointment, check to see if the roofing company installs the type of roof you want.
Do you offer any warranties?
Some roofing materials come with warranties, though those warranties generally don’t cover workmanship. Ask any potential roofing companies what type of warranties they are able to offer you and what exactly the warranties cover.
Watch For These Red Flags
They ask for a deposit.
Often, someone asking for a deposit up front is running a scam. You should not write a check or hand over cash before any work has been completed or you may not see them again.
They come to your home unsolicited.
Very rarely does a reputable roofing company knock on doors to advertise their services. This can be a sign of a storm chaser.
“So and so’s cousin can do it.”
While trying to find a roofer, you may come across a well meaning friend who tells you someone they know can do the job on the cheap for you. While this may work for patching a spot of drywall or doing other handyman tasks, it’s not advisable for roofing.
Roofing a home can be a dangerous endeavor. It is important that anyone that works on your roof knows what they are doing and that they’re appropriately insured. In addition, shoddy workmanship by someone with little or no training can lead to more problems down the line. Water damage, mold growth, and poorly installed shingles can be expensive to repair. Rather than hiring a local handyman for a roofer’s job, stick with the professionals.
Checking Reviews and Testimonials
Seeing what others have said about a company’s work can help you better understand the company. GuildQuality allows home improvement contractors’ clients to share their experiences and rate the company who has remodeled their kitchen, built their new home, or installed their new roof. Check any potential contractors and make sure you like what you see.
At Westchase Roofing, we understand that choosing a contractor can be a difficult decision. We try to make it a little easier by being completely upfront with our potential clients. As a licensed and insured roofing company operating in the Tampa area, we take each and every job we do very seriously. We know we aren’t just working on people’s houses, we’re protecting their homes.