Faulty roofing can lead to costly moisture damage to your property. When storms strike, it’s vital that your roof and siding are in optimal condition so they can protect your home or business. Whether you need a roof repair or replacement, finding a roofing contractor you trust is key to a successful outcome.
At Christian Brothers Roofing, we understand the risks that roof damage can cause to your Kansas City home or business. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners and business owners protect their property with a durable roofing system. We educate you on the value and benefits of a variety of roofing products so you can make an informed decision. We take time to listen to your concerns, and are super clear about how we can help.
How Homeowners, Business Owners, and Church Leaders Find the Right Roofer
Whether you’re hiring a residential roofing contractor or commercial roofing contractor, it’s important to make an informed decision. Your choice will impact the longevity of the roof, energy efficiency, and your peace of mind. If your current roof needs to be repaired or replaced, contact at least three professional roofers and get bids from each of them, learn about the process, and settle on which company best matches your needs and expectations. Here are some tips on what to look for in a roofing contractor:
1. Get estimates in writing.
When a roofing contractor comes to your home or business to see your current roof and give you an estimate, make sure you get the estimate in writing. The pricing should be detailed, itemized, and have a date on it.
2. Choose the best materials and features for your property.
When roofing contractors come to your property to give you an estimate, ask all the questions you have, particularly about materials and options. Remember to ask if your current roof’s removal is included in the price. Inquire about how the materials you are choosing impact the overall price.
3. Verify the contractor follows state roofing guidelines.
Ask the contractors basic questions to make sure they are not storm chasers who just came into town, and won’t be there for the long haul if you need them. Hiring a local company with a physical address in your city gives you assurance they are legitimate. Here are some questions to ask:
- Do you have a current license as a roofer?
- Are you bonded?
- What type of warranty does the roofing material carry?
- What is your legal business name and address?
- What type of insurance do you carry, and how much coverage do you have?
4. Take time to ask detailed questions about the roof installation, such as:
- Do you simply install new roofing, or do you also do roof repairs and replacement?
- What safety precautions do you take to protect your workers while they are on my property?
- When can my project be started? When will it be completed?
- How do you protect my property from damage while you are installing the new roof?
- Who will complete my roofing installation: your staff, or subcontractors?
- What are the qualifications of those doing the work on my roof?
- Who do I talk with if I have questions before, during, or after my project is complete?
- Do you install roofing materials based on best practices established by the manufacturer?
5. Verify roofing credentials
A new roof is a substantial investment, so take time to research the credentials of the contractor you are considering. A reputable contractor should be licensed and able to prove it. Licensing and insurance requirements vary by state, so familiarize yourself with them as you verify the credentials of your roofing contractor.
6. Take time to see past projects
Hire an experienced contractor. Contractors with a good track record of successful installations will be happy to give you addresses of their recent work. If they hesitate in giving you valid names and addresses of commercial or residential roofing projects, there’s probably a reason for that, and you should look elsewhere for someone to hire. Inexperienced roofers may provide a lower bid than others, but it could cost you in the long run.
7. Read the fine print before signing a contract
A new roof is a substantial investment, and you have the right to understand exactly what you should expect before signing a contract. Read the fine print, and ask all the questions you have before moving forward.
8. Get roof warranty information
A new roof should last your home or business for decades, so be sure to get the warranty information in writing in case you need it in the future. Roofing materials should come with a substantial 20-40 year warranty.
9. Learn which season is best to install a new roof
Talk with your contractor about optimal weather conditions for your roof replacement. Don’t schedule the work during a rainy season. Ask the contractor to help you to schedule the best time for your upcoming project so you don’t run into wet conditions that could cause safety issues for the workers.
10. Follow your instincts
Once you’ve taken the time to meet with several potential contractors, and you’ve looked at all the facts, decide who you feel best about hiring. Make sure you’re comfortable with them and are happy with the communication flow you’ve had so far.
Kansas City’s Highest Certified Roofing Contractor
Many contractors cut corners on material by installing premium products only
on visible surfaces, while using cheaper products for areas you can’t see. At Christian Brothers Roofing, we install the premium products throughout the entire roof. We protect your warranty by going above and beyond the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Our extensive certifications, coupled with our expertise and experience with leading manufacturers like GAF and Decra, ensure the optimal outcome for your new roof.