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What should I look for in a good roofing contractor?

What Should You Look For in a Good Roofing Contractor?

This is an excellent question, and the good news is that it's not very complicated to find a good roofing contractor. When meeting with contractors, consider the following:

  1. License and insurance--No contractor should get on your roof without you being absolutely certain they have appropriate liability insurance and contractor's licenses. You don't want your homeowner's policy to have to cover any expenses for possible damages or accidents.
  2. Experience--The roofing contractor should have experience not just as a roofer, but with your particular roofing material. A contractor might have 30 years of experience installing metal roofing but only barely familiar with synthetic slate.
  3. References--A reputable roofing contractor should be more than willing to provide a list of recent customers. Don't be shy about calling to check on their work. The best customers to call are those who had their roofs done 6 months ago or more, as many roofing problems aren't evident right away.
  4. Reputation--Find out where they purchase their materials and call to ensure their account is in good standing; you don't want a supplier to place a lien on your home because the roofing contractor didn't pay their bill.

One last item that can make the whole experience much more enjoyable is whether you feel comfortable with the contractor working on your home. You probably won't become life long friends, but there's no reason why the several days they spend working on your roof can't be pleasant.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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