Hiring a roofing contractor can be a nerve wracking process. You want to make sure you get a quality roof replacement or roof repair but you don’t want to spend any more money than you have to. So how do you balance price and quality? Here are three mistakes to avoid when hiring a roofing contractor.
1. Installation Guarantee or Warranty
Although the shingles, tile or metal roofing you’ve chosen for your home comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, remember to ask about the installation warranty. You want to hire a roofer who backs their installation quality. A good roofer will have it in writing either as part of your contract, on their website, or both. Ideally, you’ll never need it but when a roofing contractor offers it, you have some assurance they stand behind their work.
2. Roofing Overlays
If the roofing contractor you’re considering hiring recommends leaving your old roof on and just putting your new shingles on top, you’re probably not hiring the right one. Although in Orlando it’s legal to put a new layer of shingles on top of the old one (up to two layers total), it’s not advisable. Putting a new layer on doesn’t fix the leak, it just covers it up. Whatever issues you have with your old roof, they’ll eventually surface with your new one. Plus it won’t last as long as a roof laid on new underlayment.
3. Lack of Insurance
When you hire any company to work on your home without insurance, you’re leaving yourself open to a lawsuit. If a worker gets injured on the job on your property and their employer isn’t properly insured, the could sue you. In the unlikely event the roofer damages your neighbor’s property, you are liable for the repair if the contractor isn’t properly insured. Ask to see their insurance certificate and if you have any doubt about its validity, call the agent listed to verify it’s still an active policy.
Hiring a roofing contractor in Orlando shouldn’t be stressful. Let Russ Noyes Roofing make roof repair or roof replacement an easy process. We offer one of the best installation warranties in the industry. We also never do roofing overlays and we carry more than the minimum required insurance for the State of Florida. Call 407-388-7700 for your no obligation estimate today.