Roofing Hail Damage – Things You Should Know Before You Hire A Roofing Contractor

Fox 4 Problem Solvers did a story on a Kansas City area senior resident who gave a roofing contractor over $4000 to replace his roof. Soon afterward, the company shut its doors, and all the resident had to show for it was the leaky roof. Local roofing company Premier Roofing saw the story and decided to help out by doing the resident’s roof free of charge.

Your roof protects everything in your home, and is key in regulating temperature. The right roof means lower heating and cooling costs and a feeling of security about your investment. So how do you find the right one? How do you know who to hire?

Call the building inspector for your municipality and speak to a roofing inspector. Ask about the permit and inspection requirements for your project. While you have him on the phone, tell him you need a roof estimate and ask for a few names of good Roofing Companies Orange Park FL in your area. It’s his job to check roofing work, so he should know better than anyone who does it right and who doesn’t. He probably can’t make an official endorsement, but he might give you a few names to check out.

How large your roof is (the square footage), the pitch of your roof (how steep it is), the difficulty of your project (will they be dealing with many accessibility issues), and of course what materials you choose. Asphalt, wood shingles, slate, or any number of different materials are available to you and they will range widely in price. Other things to consider are labor and permit costs. Your Roofers online can explain these to your further, and should. A roofing project could easily range from 2,000 to 20,000 depending on these factors.

First off, you want to clean your roof off of any debris that may be on it like small sticks, leaves or branches. Then we want to install a starter strip which is nothing more than just a backing for the first row of shingles that you see. What the starter strip does is prevent water from going through the gaps in the shingles and then proceeds to go through the roof. These starter strips actually already come ready to go so you can just put them down. If you are cheap like me, you can just take a regular shingle and cut the flaps off and voila, starter strip. Make sure you use the same type of shingle for your starter strip as the rest of your shingles as shingles can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The roofer you choose should show that they respect your home by using their own equipment and keeping your home and lawn clean. This means that they bring and use their own ladder to inspect your roof and don’t leave debris in your lawn when they leave. A worker who doesn’t do this while giving an estimate is unlikely to leave a clean work site behind after your roof is installed. After putting together your estimate a quality contractor will explain to you what you are looking at, not simply leave you with a piece of paper.

Use the Better Business Bureau to check if the roofers you want to use have positive reports or complaints. Check references! The Minneapolis roofing companies you’re considering should be able and want to provide these for you.

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