There are a lot of great roofing contractors out there – and a lot who are not-so-great. Here are 5 facts for you to consider when you are ready for a new shingle roof replacement on your home.
Fact 1: Roofers Must Have Experience
Everyone has to start somewhere, in terms of experience. But what we see all too often is a roofer with little to no experience who wants to open a business on his own. This can spell disaster both for the new roofing company and the homes they work on.
A better scenario for an inexperienced roofer is to find a reputable company to train with and gain experience under the watchful eye of professionals.
Always look for a company that has been around for many years – chances are, there’s a reason why they succeeded.
Fact 2: Roofers Must Be Organized
A well run job-site is always a sign of a well-run job, crew and business. At Echols, for example, we have the same crews that we have had for almost fifteen years – and it shows in the quality.
Can you tell from this photo how organized and neat this very dangerous and technically challenging job is?
The last thing a homeowner wants is a messy construction project that is haphazard and full of liability concerns.
Fact 3: Roofers Must Be Legitimate
Each state has specific requirements that must be met for construction businesses. Whether this means licensing or certifications, the roofing company you work with should be able to show all necessary paperwork before they begin the project.
Never work with a contractor who cannot provide evidence of liability insurance. Roofing is a dangerous job, and the homeowner is at risk when the roofing company is improperly insured.
Fact 4: Roofers Should Offer a Portfolio
Whether this comes in the form of a website or a physical handout where you can see examples of their work, a visual portfolio helps to link the claims of a roofer (“we install beautiful roofs!”) with the actual results.
Fact 5: Roofers Must be Trustworthy
Do your research and make sure the roofer you are hiring is trustworthy. Make sure they have a good reputation in the community and are known for standing by the quality of their work. After all, if you are putting a new shingle roof on your home, you’d like it to last!
When it is time for a new roof, don’t trust your home to strangers knocking on your door uninvited; call Echols for a free roof quote. Our estimators are HAAG Certified for storm damage roof inspections and we are accustomed to working with homeowners and insurers.
We have been serving Metro Atlanta since 1960 and are a factory certified and trained installer.