Most home owners aren’t roofing experts.  How does one go about selecting the right contractor to install or repair a roof? Below are a few tips to help you out.

Local referrals

Finding a roofer in the area who has worked on other projects in the community is always recommended. Along with having a verifiable track record, someone local will also be familiar with all the local rules and regulations related to the job.

Research what’s best for your home

If you can at least find out what kind of roofing materials have worked in the past, find a contractor who regularly works with these products. Also beware of the contractor who doesn’t offer many options in terms of tiles, shingles, and other materials needed to do the job right. The style, color, and quality of these materials can sometimes impact the resale value of your house, so make sure you’re getting what you need, not what a contractor only offers.

Is the contractor licensed and insured?

While most states require licensing for contractors, including roofers in FL, it’s still always best to do your due diligence. Any roofing contractor should be able to provide copies of their insurance certificate, which documents insurance for all employees and subcontractors. Not having proper insurance can lead to home owners being liable should an employee sustain a serious injury on the job.

Installing a new roof on your home is a big investment and making sure the right materials are used for your home specifically is our top priority. But just how do we determine what materials to use for your quality roofing project? We briefly explain below.

Cost and durability

There are a number of factors that go into choosing the right roof system.  Cost and durability usually top the list when making a decision. What’s the highest quality roofing system we can install for the least amount of money? That’s the question we always ask ourselves before making any suggestions. And to answer that question, we consider the architectural style of your home, how certain materials will look on your home from an aesthetic standpoint, and also how certain materials will hold up against all the elements as well.

What’s surrounding your home?

Speaking of holding up against the elements, something else we’ll look at is your home’s specific location and also what surrounds your home. How much direct sunlight does your home get? Are high winds a problem? How much tree coverage / shade does your home get regularly? There are all question that need to be answered before determining what roof surface is right for you.

Do you need a roof replacement?

Water dripping into your living room usually suggests a roof replacement is needed, or at the very least some serious roof repairs. But aside from the obvious, what are some other warning signs that can help home owners determine when it might be time to look into having a new roof installed?

Below are just a few tips that should help you know when it’s probably time to have some roof work done on your home.

What is the roof’s age?

As the old saying goes, nothing lasts forever. Generally speaking, a roof usually lasts between 20 and 25 years, so if you’re coming up on the quarter-century milestone for your current roof, chances are you’ll need a new roof installed sooner rather than later.

How many broken tiles does your roof have?

Broken tiles are another obvious warning sign that it may be time to replace the roof. While just a few broken tiles won’t cause much harm, an excessive number of broken tiles means a full roof replacement is recommended for your home.

Are you seeing moss growth?

Moss growth is more of a problem for roofs that don’t get a lot of sunlight. And while moss growth tends to be more of a cosmetic issue, it’s also possible for it to hold moisture and cans damage over time to roof shingles. Also remember that while moss can certainly be brushed off a roof, doing so won’t guarantee it won’t grow back.