Hiring a Professional for Roof Repair: A Guide
The roof on your house is not only your protection from the harsh, wet elements of winter, but it also reflects the hot summer sun, making your house more energy efficient. If you are noticing damaged shingles in a few places or your summer cooling bill is unusually high, it may be time to have a professional roofing company over to give you their assessment on the condition of your roof. You could be one storm away from water damage and expensive repairs. Here are a few things to look for when hiring a professional roofing company to make repairs or replace your roof shingles.
#1 – Is the roofing contractor licensed and insured?
This should be the first thing you ask. Roofing contractors in Annapolis, MD, must be licensed through the state of Maryland. This means that in order to hold a license, a roofing contractor must have passed the Maryland test on building codes for roofing. Regarding insurance, the roofing contractor must carry insurance that covers any damage the crew may cause to your house or property, as well as cover the crew if they happen to fall off the roof or get injured in some other way. If the roofing contractor does not have insurance, the injured person could sue you as the property owner.
#2 – How many years of experience do they have?
Ask the roofing contractor how many years of experience they have in residential roofing. Roofing requires skill and attention to detail. If not done right, the roof is exposed to moisture, which can lead to rotting wood and mold growth. An experienced roofing contractor will know how to do the job right, which will protect your home and the contractor from lawsuits. Hiring an experienced roofing contractor gives you the peace of mind that your roof will be done right the first time.
#3 – Do they have warranties?
Ask the roofing contractor about the warranty on their labor, and the warranty of the roofing products they are selling you. There are two basic types of shingle warranties. The first type is for the number of years the shingles are guaranteed to protect your house. Shingles with a 10-year warranty are of lower quality and less expensive. Shingles with a 30-year warranty are high quality and more expensive. The other type of warranty is for wind resistance measured in mph. If you live in an area that experiences high winds, it is smart to invest in 100 mph or higher warrantied shingles. But if you live in an area with little to no wind, you can save money and go with a lower wind rating.
Also ask the roofing contractor about the warranty they offer on workmanship. If roofing products are not installed correctly, water and wind can wreak havoc on a house. Additionally, shingle manufacturer warranties can be voided by the manufacturer if the roofing products are not installed correctly by the roofing contractor.
#4 – Do they make copies of their reports?
Ask the residential roofing contractor for a copy of a roof inspection report from one of their previous jobs. This will show you their attention to detail. The report consists of what roofing products were installed and a checklist that all components of the roof were inspected and installed correctly. The roof inspection report is a good thing to keep and use when selling your house in the future.
Call Riverside Home Services at 410.956.3131 to learn about more about roofing products, repair, and installation.