A Practical Guide for Homeowners and First Time Home Buyers
Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or you’ve been living in your house for several years, when the inevitable time comes that your roof needs to be replaced, there are several important factors to consider in order to make the best and most well-informed decision.
When considering replacing your roof, it is important to do some research first so you can become an educated consumer before making a final decision as to which company you will hire to take on this project. After all, replacing your roof is one of the most important and expensive investments you will make when it comes to home improvements (which should not be taken lightly) and you’ll want to make sure the contractor you hire is one you can trust so you are ultimately happy with the process and as well as the outcome.
Of course, the number one, most important thing is to make sure you only work with a licensed and insured contractor who is willing and able to provide proper documentation upon request and who will take care of the necessary permitting and inspections from the beginning stages to completion of the project.
A reputable and professional company will be more than happy to provide references or a few addresses of completed projects upon request so you can see the quality of their work and have an idea of what you can expect with your own roof replacement project.
1) Ask for referrals:
One of the first things you may want to do is ask neighbors or coworkers if they have any recommendations of reputable roofers in the area or if they have any advice as to which contractors to avoid based on personal experiences they may have had in the past. Most people will be happy to share their experience with others especially when it comes to something that can cost several thousands of dollars. If your home is located in a community with a Homeowners Association, more commonly referred to as an HOA, you will be required to obtain written permission or documentation from the association regarding the color selection or material for the roof so this would be a perfect opportunity to ask for a referral of a good quality and trusted contractor.
2) Search online:
These days it seems the most popular way to find a reputable roofing company (or any company for that matter) is by searching online for reviews and using websites such as Angie’s List or Home Advisor can help make your decision easier because they provide important details and information about the company’s credentials as well as an overall score or overview all in one place that makes it easy for homeowners to find everything they need to help them make an informed decision from the comfort and convenience of their laptop or smartphone. Another great online resource is the company’s Google and Facebook reviews. To find these reviews, simply type the company name in the Google search engine or on Facebook and the reviews should be one of the first results listed.
3) Price and warranty:
Now that we’ve covered how to find roofing contractors in your area, here are a few things to consider when deciding which company to work with. It is important to discuss not only the price or financing options of the project but also the warranty timeframe; should you experience any issues with your roof later on, you’ll want to rest assured knowing that your roof is going to be covered by a substantial warranty time frame especially if you have the roof installed during the dry season because here in Florida, once the spring and summer months arrive, so do the daily thunderstorms and you’ll want to make sure your warranty covers you in the event that your roof leaks even if it’s some time after it was initially installed. Although it is not common for a brand new roof to spring a leak, it is always a possibility so you want to make sure you’re covered, just in case.
4) How long the company has been in business:
Another critical factor to take into consideration is the amount of time the company has been in business. If a company has been around for over ten or fifteen years, they have withstood the test of time, and this is usually a good indication that they are doing something right. Not only when it comes to experienced technicians working on their projects but also the quality of the materials used during installation. Unfortunately most roofing companies don’t last long due to many different factors but the ones who do, become familiar with the best quality materials and continue using those specific brands
because they have had good results with those products in the past.
5) Avoid companies that subcontract their crews:
Lastly, while it is a fairly common practice for many companies to subcontract crews for their projects, it is highly recommended to hire a company who does not sub contract crews to complete their projects. Many times when a crew is sub contracted out for a job, they are day labor workers hired from a Craigslist employment ad who may not have the necessary knowledge or experience to complete the work with the quality and workmanship of an experienced, professional roofer. This can sometimes lead to cutting corners or missed installation methods that contribute to a long lasting, water tight and
overall good quality roof and a dissatisfied homeowner.
6) Why you can Trust Done Rite Roofing:
When you call Done Rite Roofing to request a free estimate for your new roof, you can be confident that we will stand behind our work with one of the best warranties in the industry not only because our crew members are employed by Done Rite Roofing and never subcontracted out, but because we install only the highest quality materials to ensure your roof will remain watertight and looking great for as long as possible. We are proud to celebrate our twentieth anniversary this year as we’ve been installing roofs in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties since 1998.