Most people don’t think about their rooftops too much unless there’s something wrong with it. But the roof is arguably one of the most important features of a home. It protects everyone and everything inside from harsh winds and heavy rain: no small thing in the state of Florida.
Most roofs can last up to 25-30 years, with shingles lasting around 20 years, provided there are regular inspections and maintenance. One common maintenance need is shingle repair, as these can get damaged after storms. Shingles are not only a decorative feature but serve as an additional barrier for keeping water and debris out of your home.
Before you hire a shingles roof contractor, here are some questions you may want to ask:
“Are You Licensed, Bonded, And Insured?”
Licenses, bonds, and insurance are three critical parts of being a trustworthy roofing contractor. Your shingle roof contractor should have the following:
Licenses are required for any contracting business that works on or in people’s homes. That means registering with the State Board of licensing contractors.
Being bonded is basically saying, “I’m a trustworthy, ethical business.” If any problem should arise, it’s an assurance that it will be handled promptly. Customers can fall back on the bond company if a job is not completed for any reason.
Insurance, as homeowners know, covers any and all liabilities. It protects both the contractor and the homeowner in the event of an accident or natural disaster.
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for the paperwork that proves all three of the above requirements.
“What Is The Warranty For Your Work?”
Warranties exist to protect your investment, and installing or repairing a shingle roof is definitely an investment. Be sure to ask your contractor how long their roofing warranty is. It could be a year, five years, ten years, or longer. It’s not uncommon for roofing contractors to offer a lifetime warranty on their work. Be sure to keep the paperwork that explains what is covered in the warranty.
“Are You Certified By Shingle Roof Manufacturers?”
Shingle manufacturers tend to pick some of the best contractors in the area to undergo their certification process. This allows contractors to offer the best of the best warranties on all materials produced by the manufacturer. In most cases, the brand of shingles is associated with the brand of the contractor, so it makes sense for the companies to work together.
The certification tells you, the customer, that the company making the roofing shingles has put their trust in your contractor. Talk about an honor! You can rest assured that your shingles roof is in good hands. If a contractor is certified, they will likely be happy to show it to you.
Shingle Roofs And More In South Florida
As a homeowner, you want your rooftop to stay in good shape for a lifetime. Knowing the damage that Florida storms can cause, finding a trustworthy contractor is essential. ABC Roofing is a family-owned business that has been serving the residents of South Florida for over 30 years. Whether you need a routine inspection, repair of damaged shingles, or a complete residential roof replacement, we’re here to help. We’re also happy to show proof that we are licensed, bonded, and insured.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, call today at (954) 344-4622.