Hiring the right roofing contractors when your roof needs replacement or repair is vitally important to your house, the life of your roof, and your budget. That means you want to find someone who is honest and well-respected, experienced, insured and a local roofer.
Working with the wrong roofing company could cost you time and money and you could even end up with a roof that doesn’t appropriately protect your home or business. A good roofing contractor ensures that any work on your roof is carried out safely and to professional standards.
You will save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you do some homework ahead of time. So before you even call a roofing contractor check into their business. Visit their website and social media and take note of their history, reputation from reviews, and service areas. Here are a few quick tips to look for in your initial research.
Don’t be afraid to treat your first contact as someone interviewing for a job. You are the boss, and they are looking to be hired. You want someone who will listen to your questions and give honest answers. You also want your roofing contractor to be on time, so take note if they arrive within a reasonable amount of time based on the appointment they made.
So ask questions about the topics below and see how comfortable you are about working with them.
In addition, roofing credentials from various associations and manufacturers helps you know you are working with a truly professional roofer. Ask the roofing contractor what manufacturers products they are qualified to work with and what are their preferences. A professional local roofing company will usually list this information on their website. Ace Construction & Remodeling is not only a “Preferred Contractor” with Owens Corning, but they regularly work with Mac Roofing Supply for their materials.
How Do You Handle Surprise Repairs?
Often homeowners wait to replace a roof after they notice a problem like it’s leaking into their living room. But the actual problem likely started long before. When replacing roofs it is not unusual to find decking that is rotten or other moisture damage, even if you don’t think you have any leaks.
This can come as a surprise and possibly an unexpected expense. So the best thing is to ask your roofing contractor how it handles unexpected repairs. Then if it happens you will know things will be handled up front.
Will You Tear Off The Old Roof?
Installing new shingles over an old roof used to be a common practice. It is a way to save money, but often it is a bad idea and could end up costing you more in the long run. But it depends on a number of factors.
First of all, local codes for roofing have changed over the years. This is another reason you want to work with a licensed reputable roofing contractor, because they will be up on all the codes. The concern is usually if the structure can support the additional and significant weight being added to your roof. It may depend on the pitch of your roof, or other factors relating to the structure.
Second, if your existing shingles are covering up underlying problems then putting another layer on top will likely compound the problem.. Unaddressed problems can have serious long term consequences.
So it’s best to ask your roofing contractor what their plan is for your roof. And if they suggest a second layer (or even third), ask them to justify their solution. Either way, you would want them to do a full inspection, including the attic, to look for potential underlying problems.
Who Will Actually Be Doing The Installation?
The point you are getting at by asking this question is will the roofing contractor have their own workers doing the job or will they be outsourcing the work to a third party. Unfortunately some contractors do outsource their jobs. When this happens you don’t really know if the workers are qualified and it could possibly even void the manufacturer’s warranty. Be on the lookout for this type of situation.
You should always get the roofing proposal in writing. If the roofing contractor doesn’t provide anything written, then don’t hire them. Or if they check out well in all other respects and you like them, then ask them for a proposal all in writing.
Their written proposal should include the following items. And nothing should be confusing or left undecided.
Ace Construction & Remodeling Inc. is a fully insured and licensed company. We have been a family-owned and operated business since 1996. You can find reviews from our many satisfied customers on both Google and Facebook. We are proud to be serving East Central Indiana!
Our roofing services range from maintenance and repair to new roof installations. Our services also include other construction and remodeling areas. Choosing a contractor that can do more than roofing work can save you time and money.
We also have a section of our website dedicated to our recent work. It includes images, videos and descriptions of work we’ve carried out. We hope this gives you a clear picture of the work we can do for you and shows you the way we work to high standards on all projects.
As a family business that has been in operation for more than 20 years, Ace Construction & Remodeling can take care of all of your roofing needs. Give us a call at 877-644-6030 or request a quote here.