Almost everyone has heard horror stories about roofing contractors ripping homeowners off. From fly-by-night “contractors” to poor workmanship. Hiring a roofing contractor should be an easy process, but how do you know the company you’re hiring is being honest? There are an immense amount of scam artists posing as professionals.
Paying attention to red flags when dealing with a contractor can save you hardships down the road. Colorado and Wyoming are common areas for intense storms, bringing in companies from all over the country.
What does that mean for you? No one is around to honor a warranty or fix their mistakes.
The first step you should take is vetting the company. Make sure they have trusted reviews from other local homeowners, the more the better. How does their online presence look? Believe it or not, a well-built website is a sign of credibility, although can’t be trusted alone. If the roofer shows up with no company insignia, cards, and forms, keep looking for a new one.
Proper legal documents and forms should always be a part of the contractor process. In these forms make sure that a scope of work is laid out, including every detail and material that will be used. If the roofing company isn’t disclosing the amount of material used and square footage, they may be padding their estimate.
At the same time, if the estimate seems too good to be true, it may be. Often roofing contractors will skip on certain necessary materials, and reuse flashings and pipe jacks that they shouldn’t be to save on cost. They do this to win the job, in turn, you are getting a cut-rate roof replacement. Another reason your estimate may be low is the contractor is using outdated or low-quality materials.
Another red flag to watch for is the bait and switch. Companies will come in with a low number to get the initial contract signed and increase it as the job kicks off. The scope of work comes back into play in this situation. Ensuring you read over all the materials needed before the job starts is crucial.
A contractor should be your guide through the roofing process. Every step of the way you should be getting a re-roofing 101 course from your account manager. If you are being pushed to sign documents before you understand the process, it is time to call someone else.
Research. Like we said, check a contractor’s online presence. From their website, google reviews, to BBB accreditation. This will tell you that you have found a local roofing contractor that can be trusted. The majority of local companies are members of your area's chamber of commerce, belong to roofing organizations, and participate in charity organizations.
The most important factor when it comes to hiring a legitimate contractor is verifying license and insurance. No professional roofer will avoid providing these documents.
Looking into the companies’ warranties as well as the manufacturer warranty is a way for you as the homeowner to know you are protected. The contractor warranty would help cover any workmanship issues, if they made an error during installation, they would fix it. The manufacturer warranty covers any issues with the material, like if it doesn’t stand up to the wind rating.
If you are wanting to save time and effort, Stonescape Steel Roofing is a local roofing contractor that stands by honesty, integrity, and quality. Offering a 10-year workmanship warranty is a way Stonescape guarantees the best possible experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us for your roof replacement, installation, or repairs.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing type, but that doesn't mean they are the best for you. There are many features of metal roofing that can suit your roofing situation better.
If you haven't decided on the type of roofing you want to use yet, read on. This article will list and detail 5 reasons to install a metal roof. You may just find that it's the right roofing for you.
When it comes to choosing metal roofing or asphalt shingles, the latter choice is cheaper. However, this is only in upfront cost. It's also a good idea to factor in durability.
Metal roofs last from 40 to 70 years. In contrast, asphalt roofing lasts only 12 to 20 years.
Therefore, upon installing a metal roof, you'll have it for practically a lifetime. It may cost more to replace asphalt shingles a few different times.
There are two major Wyoming and Colorado environmental factors that can cause damage to asphalt shingles. These are moisture from storms and fire. The former can cause mold to build up and the latter can cause shingles to melt.
Two of the advantages of metal roofing are its resistance to these factors. With metal's non-porous surface, it's less likely that water will penetrate it. Also, most metals have a higher melting point than most fires can reach.
Asphalt shingles have some heat resistance, but metal roofing has far more. Sunlight reflects very well-off metal's shiny surface. This can reduce the amount of air conditioning that the home below needs.
Manufacturers can increase this effect by painting the metal roofing certain bright colors. Asphalt shingles come in different colors as well but tend to absorb heat rather than reflect it.
Some more benefits of metal roofing are the different ways that it can save and make you money. One of these is that it can increase your home's value. According to Home Guides, you can recoup up to 89.5% of the cost of metal roofing in a home sale.
In addition, installing a metal roof can get you a discount on homeowner's insurance. This is because a metal roof's durability makes it less risky for the insurance company.
Professionals can technically recycle both asphalt shingles and metal roofing. However, asphalt has a more negative environmental impact. This is because of the polluting effects of its petroleum composition.
As a final tip, be sure to choose the style and material of your metal roof carefully. You want to make sure that it meets your needs in look and features as best as possible.
When you're ready to install metal roofing on your home, consider us. We will be there to guide you through the entire project. We also prove the integrity of our work by offering you a 10-year warranty. When it comes to a trusted metal roofing company in Colorado and Wyoming, there is no better.
Contact us for a free roof inspection today.
When researching a commercial roofing company for your project it is very important to do your homework. There are many factors to consider and evaluate before making your final decision on your contractor. Always get a minimum of 3 contractors to bid on your project.
Before even calling out a contractor, check to make sure they are a local roofing company and how well reviewed they are. It is important to ensure that they are licensed and insured. Check with the local BBB and view their rating, as this is where the most accurate consumer reviews are held. Be aware of storm chasers and so-called contractors from other states that will claim they are local. They get the job done, collect the money, and good luck finding them if you have any warranty issues. Now that you have qualified your 3 contractors ask each of them for references to do one final check on your contractors. Talking with past clients is a sure way of verifying the quality of their work.
Now the bidding process begins. Always make expectations of when you expect your bids back. A good contractor will have it back to you within 5 days, pending the complexity of the project. What you will find is all commercial roofing contractors have their own preference of materials and manufacturers. Meaning you could end up with 3 bids all using different materials and systems.
The best possible situation is to have a scope of work describing materials and roofing systems that the contractors could bid off. This ensures each contractor is bidding apples to apples. If you have done the research and have a preference of what type of roof system you would like, tell the contractor to bid accordingly. Most manufactures offer the same warranties and get inspected by the manufacturer's representative to provide that warranty.
Typically, the contractors will core your roof to see how many layers there are. By law, you cannot have more than 2 roofs on the structure. They will be looking to see if the roof has a structural slope or if it was created with a taper system. Commercial Contractors then patch the holes to prevent leaks. Measurements will be taken, notes on the roof’s components, and photo documentation. A good contractor will get all the information they need to go to the office and work up the bid.
Bids are now in, and it is time to review them. How many of us get a bid and before we read it, we go right to the cost? The low bid is not always the best deal. This is when the scope of work comes into play, which should be very detailed. It is important to take notice of every line item in detail. Often there are important aspects left out, causing one roofing company to appear at a lower price than the other. It should state that a city roofing permit will be pulled. The proposal should be written specifically for your project. Not a cookie-cutter format in which a few items have been changed to fit your project.
There are some specific questions you should ask before signing a commercial roofing contract.
You have selected your roofer and now the projects begin. Typically, the contractor will be asking for half of the money down. Be sure to hold the contractor accountable for what was written and what you are paying for. Hopefully, you are very pleased with your contractor. At the completion of the roofing installation, you need to be sure the city signs off and the manufacturer’s representative walks the roof for your warranty. If the remainder of the balance is due upon completion, these components are crucial. At times the paperwork is in from the rep to his company, but it takes a few weeks before you receive your copy. You should be comfortable with every aspect of your commercial roof. If not, withhold some of the balance until every aspect of the contract was fulfilled.
Join us on August 14, 2021, at 11:00 am for our Mountain Roofing Education Seminar. We are teaming up with the Red Feather Lakes Volunteer Fire Department at their facility to help educate residents on the ins and outs of Mountain Roofing. We will be going over local roofing code requirements, the difference between all of the fire classifications, and the options you have when it comes to protecting your home and the community you live in. Lunch will be provided by the Stonescape Steel Roofing team! Bring your family and friends, as well as any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us at (303) 823-2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.