Oftentimes, a roof problem is an emergency and people can be impatient to get it fixed immediately. In these situations many people hire the first roofer they find only to have an already bad situation turn much, much worse.
Though everyone want’s to get their roof fixed quickly, it’s better to keep a cool head and don’t rush to hire just anyone willing to take a hammer to your roof. Take your time and make sure the roofer you hire is legitimate and has a proven record of quality service.
You don’t have to be afraid when it’s time to fix your roof. Avoiding scary roof contractors and the problems they bring is easy if you follow these tips:
Avoid The Drive-by/Fly-By-Night Roofers
These guys descend on cities and towns right after a major storm and quickly talk people into hiring them to replace or fix their roofs. Unfortunately, most of the time they this “quickness” involves carelessly “slapping” the roof on (if they go that far), not taking into consideration critical factors such as workmanship and quality or even caring about compliance with manufacturers warranties. After all, when the job is done, what do they care what happens after they are gone?
Choosing an established, local roofer will help insure that the job is done right and the company will be around if future problems occur.
Ask Questions If You Are Suspicious Of How Long It’s Taking
Some roofers will tell you the roof can be completed “in no time” but then the project ends up dragging on for days, weeks, even months, while the roofer waits for materials or for workers who are working on other roofs. The best roof contractors will adhere to the schedule they lay out for you and stay no longer than what is necessary to fix your roof. If your roof contractor is taking much more time than they scheduled, don’t be afraid to ask them what the problem is. If the answer seems shady, contact another contractor and have them help you evaluate the truth. Avoid contractors with lots of complaints about scheduling and time on the job!
What Warranties & Guarantees Do They Offer?
A lot of these “roofers” offer a “concrete guarantee”, once they leave your concrete driveway the guarantee expires. Sure, the materials may come with a warranty, but not a guarantee of workmanship. Know up from what is warrantied and what is not.
Without a workmanship warranty poor installation can void many roofing material warranties leaving you out of luck if a problem occurs. Call an established roof contractor, like Atlanta Roofing Specialists who offers a proper warranty (10 years) on materials AND workmanship, and you won’t need to worry about your roof now or in the future.
For more tips on avoiding roofing nightmares and finding the right roof contractor see our page DO YOUR HOMEWORK!.
Bottom line, when these guys come knocking, do your homework, and compare their offers to local, established contractors like Atlanta Roofing Specialists, and if anything seems out of line or suspicious, don’t be afraid to say no! Do a little homework before you hire your next contractor, it could save your from having your own roofing nightmare story to tell.