Flower Mound, Texas (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
We never expect to be replacing a damaged roof; however, with spring and summer storm season approaching it is important to be prepared and know how to select a reputable roofing company in your area. You need to make sure your roofing decision, which is one you’ll be living with for many years, takes into accounts all of those guidelines since we’re talking about the roof over your family’s head.
1) A Locally-Owned Roofing Company – Ask yourself, does a roofing company that travels from state to state “storm-chasing” really have your family and home’s best long-term interest at heart? Forget three years down the road; will they even be around in three weeks if something goes wrong with your roof? The most important thing is that you do business with a stable, local roofing company here with an actual brick and mortar office, and not just a couple guys working out of a mini-van.
2) A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Certified Roofing Company in Dallas Fort Worth with an A Rating – Start with trust. For over 90 years the BBB has helped DFW residents make better-informed decisions in whom they choose to do business with. No company is perfect, and from time-to-time things will go wrong, but the BBB tracks how a company deals with customers not just when things are great, but more importantly how they handle the situation when a couple of things don’t go perfectly. That’s the difference between an A-rated and a C-rated business. Google: “[roofing company name] BBB” to pull up any roofing companies BBB certification online.
3) Trained and Certified Damage Assessors – 95% of roofing companies hire salesman off the street and send them straight to your door with little-to-no formal training and zero certification. This “roofing expert” is apt to waste your time because he will tell any person that lets him on their roof, that there home has severe damage. Make sure your roofing company has extensively trained and state-certified damage assessors on staff. They have gone through the exact same training as your insurance adjuster, knowing exactly what to look for, saving you time and money.
4) General Liability Insurance Coverage – The Company should possess no less than $1,000,000 in coverage and carry it for both commercial and residential projects. Be certain that it is general liability insurance and they are not “self-insured”. Over 75% of roofing companies don’t carry proper insurance to protect you and your home against potential losses. If your contractor has a bad (or even no) insurance policy that is unable to cover potential damages, the contractor will be personally liable. But if that contractor does not have the money to cover the damages themselves, you will have no legal recourse, and most likely end up paying for the repairs or even a new roof yourself.
5) In-house Personal Project Managers – Salesman sale, that’s what they do best. Any company that has salesman scheduling the various projects for your home, in addition to their sales duties, doesn’t have your best interests in mind. Make sure the company has in-house personal project managers, dedicated solely to making sure that every last detail of your job gets done. When it’s Friday at 3:00 p.m. and you have a quick question about your claim, which is more likely to answer your call? A salesman who already got his commission? Or an on-staff personal project manager?
6) Ask for References – Ask for both customer and vendor. There is no better litmus test for a business. Can they provide you with satisfied customers who willingly tout the business to others, solely based on the company’s performance? To take it a step further ask for vendor references, ask if the company pays all their bills in time, you can never be too sure.
7) Manufacturer Certified – It’s in the best interest of the biggest roofing shingle companies (like GAF and Owens Corning) to align themselves with the best contractors. Why? Because a poor roof installation has the ability to make their superior product look inferior through no fault of their own. That’s why they have come up with a manufacturer certification program, which requires contractors to show manufacturers that they are:
8) Workmanship Warranty – Does your roofer guarantee the quality of his work? A five-year workmanship warranty brings peace of mind to you that any issue that was installation related will be covered at no out of pocket costs to you for years to come. This is a no-brainer for any legitimate contractor.
9) Dual Quality Control and Inspection Checklist – The contractor should give thorough quality control inspections twice during the roofing and insurance claim process. First, right after the roof was put on, to make certain that the first line of defense for your home was installed to the highest level of quality. And last, they should perform a walk-through with you after all the work to your home has been completed; making sure every last detail has been covered to your satisfaction.
We hope this list helps bring to light some new information and knowledge in your quest to find the best contractor for your roofing project. To learn more contact Valley Ridge Roofing and Construction today at 972-355-1400 or visit our website at ValleyRidgeRoofingofTexas.com.
Valley Ridge Roofing and Construction proudly serves the Dallas Fort Worth Area. Located at:
1033 Long Prairie Road #4
Flower Mound, TX 75022
About Valley Ridge Roofing: Valley Ridge Roofing has been doing business in the D/FW Metroplex for 4 years, and has served the needs of over 1000 residential and commercial customers in that time. Backed by A+ rated service by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List, Valley Ridge Roofing is owned and operated by Rand Eastburg. To learn more visit our website at ValleyRidgeRoofingofTexas.com.