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5 Tips to Find the Perfect Roofer: From an Industry Expert

5 Tips to Find the Perfect Roofer: From an Industry Expert

June 21, 20243 min read


By:Tamara Chase, Chase Roofing CEO

Having a well-maintained roof is an essential part of homeownership. For Floridians, this can prove exceptionally challenging due to the unpredictable tropical weather. These conditions make choosing a great roofer even more crucial. Whether you need a new roof or some repairs, choosing the right roofer is an important decision. 

Want to be sure you are working with the right contractor? Here are 5 tips from an industry expert:

  • Licensed and insured. 

One of the primary factors to consider when selecting a roofer is their insurance and licensing. A contractor should carry proper liability insurance and workers' compensation, protecting the homeowner and their property in case of accidents or damages. This will also indicate a contractor's level of professionalism and adherence to industry standards. Homeowners can also access the “Florida Contractor Recovery Fund,"  which will cover them in case something happens to the contractor. You can check your license by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com

  • Local Expertise. 

Having local expertise is another critical aspect of choosing a roofer. With its unique climate and building codes, Florida presents specific challenges that require specialized knowledge and experience. Look for a contractor who is familiar with the specifics of Florida roofing and knows how to navigate proper permits and inspections. You can also reach out directly to your local association, “Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida," and ask about your specific contractor. 

  • Reviews and references. 

In today's digital age, researching a roofer's reputation has never been easier. Before making a decision, take the time to read reviews and seek references from past clients. A reputable roofer will have a track record of satisfied customers, indicating their reliability and commitment to customer satisfaction. Be mindful of low reviews as well. While every job can't go perfectly, seeing how the contractor handled issues when they came up is important. 

Don't hesitate to ask for references as well, especially within your area. Reviewing a contractor’s portfolio allows you to evaluate the quality of their workmanship, the range of services offered, and the overall satisfaction of previous clients. Speaking directly with references provides first-hand insights into the roofer's performance. 

  • Experience.

Experience is a huge factor in choosing the perfect roofer. Opting for a roofer with a proven track record of at least 5 years in the industry ensures that you're entrusting your project to a seasoned professional who not only understands roofing but also has experience as a businessperson. Many roofers that enter the market are not well versed in the true costs of business, and many go out of business within 5 years. This leaves the homeowner searching for another roofer to honor warranties or having to start their project from scratch. Experience cultivates expertise, and you can be confident you will receive exceptional results from people who know the ropes.

  • A visit to the office.

While online research can provide valuable insights, consider visiting the roofer's office in person. This allows you to meet the team, assess their professionalism, and get a sense of the company's legitimacy. If they aren't established enough to have a solid physical location to hold materials and equipment, then they are considered paper contractors. These roofers allow people to use their licenses and are not typically involved with day-to-day work.

Overall, selecting the right roofer is a decision that requires careful consideration. By prioritizing things such as insurance and licensing, local expertise, reputation, experience, and office environment, homeowners can navigate the selection process with confidence and ensure the successful completion of their roofing project. Remember, investing in your roof today means peace of mind and protection for years to come.

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