5 Tips for Choosing the Best Roofing Contractor
At Cowtown Roofing, we understand your home is your greatest asset. Cowtown Roofing has been in the business for over 23 years and we pride ourselves on our service to the homeowner. The roof products that are selected are of the finest quality. If you have homeowners’ insurance, we work with them to accomplish roof repair or replacement. Below is what we believe are points to consider when choosing a roofing contractor
Experience of the Roofing Contractors and Company
It’s important to consider a roofing company that has experience and knowledge working with homeowners’ insurance companies and Homeowners’ Associations. Depending on your homeowners’ Insurance, you could be starting a claims process if you ask them to send someone to examine the roof. However, you can certainly call them to ask if there are companies that they will not work with and that you are thinking of having your roof examined. You can say you are not making a claim at this time unless it is evident to you that you need to do so. Tell them the name of the company that you are having come out. Apparently, some insurance companies have a negative list that they don’t share with the public.
If we visit your house and determine that the roof needs to be repaired or replaced, you call and make a claim with your insurance company if you haven’t made the claim yet. They will also send someone that they hire to verify and reexamine the roof. It’s usually a good idea to have the contractor there when the insurance evaluator comes out. If there is a difference of opinion, we can address it at that time.
Our Cowtown Roofing team has worked with many of these groups, so we know what they are looking for throughout the process and what results they will approve and sign off on. If you believe that your roof has been negatively affected by a storm, call us to check your roof.
“Contact your Homeowners’ Associations (HOA). If you live in a development that has an HOA, they may have a record of bad results or negative opinions regarding roofing companies from homeowners. They may say that they can’t tell you what roofing companies are not in good standing with them but if you tell them the roofing company you are planning to hire, some feedback will come out throughout the conversation. Most HOAs have rules regarding improvements to structures. Also, make sure you know if their general liability and workers’ compensation policies are in force at the time of your consideration. These insurance lines protect you as the property owner from personal responsibility of incidents during the project.
An experienced roofing company will know the area and what you will be required to do to be approved to make repairs and improvements.
Check with your neighbors who have had roof repairs or improvements
This is a great, unbiased source of information. Discuss the experiences they had with their roofing company. Ask how long the process took from the start of paperwork to the finished job. Did the roofing company prepare and submit the application for the work to be done with the city for you? Did they provide assistance with the paperwork needed from the HOA?
Also, ask about the length of time for the actual job done by the roofing company. Ask how the roofing company worked with their homeowners’ insurance, if at all. What problems were encountered, and how were they resolved? What shape was the yard left in? Was all the debris removed? If the roofing company failed in their work, you will hear negative opinions more than positive results will bear in the conversation. New construction projects often require multiple contracting teams to work together. Be sure the roofing company you’re considering has experience working with other contractors. Less is often said about the good jobs so you need to ask questions. Negative opinions are often volunteered.
Licensing of a Roofing Contractor
Roofing contractors are not required to hold a state license in Texas; however, there is a voluntary licensing process through the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT). RCAT is a statewide trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors. According to RCAT, Individuals are to be licensed, not companies, however, a qualifying company is key to qualifying for the program. Licensing is available for both Residential and Commercial Roofing Contractors; a Contractor can choose to apply for licensing in one or both categories. Licensing is open to all Roofing Contractors in Texas who meet the qualifications required on the application.
Texas is one of the states that do not require licensing unless you have a listed specialty, such as HVAC or electrical. This is interesting because there are certain cities in Texas that do require a license to work in that specific city.
You should feel confident in that if the roofing contractor does not hold the required license in a city that requires it, then they will not be able to get a permit to do the work. Whether or not a licensing is required, they will need a general business license, tax registration, and insurance. Texas does require roofing professionals to have at least general liability insurance and possibly be registered as an employer if there are employees.
Additionally, some cities or counties in Texas require the roofing contractor to have a contractor license bond. Whatever your location, you can be assured that our company, Cowtown Roofing, is bonded and insured. We have the proper requirements to do the work for you.
Review their website
Look at a company’s website to get to know the company you are considering hiring. There may be companies that don’t have a website and you can’t find them anywhere. The reasons may vary for this, not every single roofing contractor is going to have one, but their lack of a website makes it difficult to get to know the services and products they provide.
Online reviews have made it easier than ever to check out potential roofing contractors. It’s great to hear what they have to say about themselves and to hear it from a former client.
Cowtown Roofing is a completely transparent company and we want you to get to know us. We have calculated that 80% of our business comes from previous satisfied customers.
If you haven’t already, feel free to learn more about us here.
Talk to their previous clients
A good roofing company will be bonded, insurance, have experience, etc. A great roofing company will be happy to provide references for previous work they did. We are happy to provide references from previous clients to help you make the best decision in choosing us as your roofing contractor!
In conclusion, if you feel that you may need roofing repairs or replacement, please to talk to your insurance company, HOA and a neighbor or two to help you choose which roofing contractor to hire. Your home is one your most valuable assets and a good roof will protect your home and family for many, many years!
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