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Questions to Ask when Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When your roof needs repair or replacement, it is imperative that you find a qualified roofing contractor as quickly as possible. A leaky or damaged roof can let moisture to penetrate your home, give access to pests, and cause other structural problems that are often not seen until the damage is significant.

Given how much depends on a professional repair or replacement, this is no place to cut corners or look for bargains. A Handyman in some cases can be much cheaper, but at what cost to potential damages that may occur with someone who isn’t fully experienced in roofing. Here are some questions that every homeowner should ask a prospective roofing contractor before signing a contract or allowing them to begin work.

Do you have a physical office address?

We would all like to believe that every contractor is operating honestly and in good faith. But you want to make sure that the firm you hire is established and reputable, and not a fly-by-night contractor who may disappear if things go badly.

Are you licensed and insured in the state of California?

A roofing professional is required to have a California Contractors license to work on your home or business. They are also required to carry insurance. You should look for both workman’s’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance.

Don’t take your roofer’s word for it though – ask to see their business license and insurance certificates. A reputable firm will have no problem providing their documentation.

Will you subcontract my job out?

Ideally, the company you hire will be the company who arrives on site. However, if subcontractors will be used to complete the job in whole or in part, ask for the same license and insurance documentation as the primary vendor.

Do you have local references?

Although the privacy of the customer should always be respected, a reputable roofing company will have references from local residential and commercial clients and will most likely provide a name of someone you can speak with personally upon request.

Do you provide a warranty for your work?

Most companies will warranty their work for a certain period, and the manufacturer will warranty the roofing product utilized. Ask about the details of both material and labor warranties.

Will you provide a written estimate including all aspects of the job?

Make sure that the details of the job are clearly outlined, as well as the cost in order to avoid misunderstandings or disagreements regarding the scope of work.

Will you remove the old roof?

When you are having a new roof installed, some contractors may shingle over the top of the old roof. However, by doing so they cannot establish if there is soft or rotting wood under the old shingles. Urbach Roofing always recommends removing the old roof! The money you save in the short term is never worth it if you have serious long-term issues that are not addressed. When installing a new roof, have your roofing contractor remove the old one whenever possible.

What can I expect during the project?

Ask your contractor how your property will be protected each evening (tarps in case of rain, for instance), as well as how trash will be collected and disposed of nightly.

Keeping your property as neat and clean as possible should be the standard operating procedure for your contractor.

Who can I call with questions during the project?

Your roofing professional should clearly identify your go-to contact for any questions or concerns. Ideally, this person should be readily available by a phone call during your project.

A quality roof is what keeps your family and your home protected year after year. When it comes time to repair or replace this most important component of your home or business, take the extra time to establish that you are working with a licensed and fully insured roofing contractor, with experience, local references, and quality assurance.

The professionals at Urbach Roofing are proud of our reputation for quality and attention to detail, and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with you on your roofing project.

Call us today for your FREE roofing estimate: 760-471-5065

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Shingle Roofing Repair Mistakes to Avoid

Homeowner should be aware of some of the common mistakes made in shingle roofing repair:

1.      Inadequate or faulty base: A surface repair does not address problems that arise from damaged decking or improperly installed underlayment. For best results, roof shingles should be removed so that an examination of the deck and sheathing can be conducted.

2.     Incorrectly installed shingles: Proper alignment of shingles, especially the starter course, is critical for a successful repair job. Care should be taken to offset joints and to be sure shingles lay flat. Ignoring these considerations may lead to the development of leaks that are hard to detect until serious damage is done.

3.     Improper or not enough fastening: A good repair job depends on decking, underlayment and shingles that are all properly attached. Inadequate fastening allows wind to raise shingles, moisture to work its way through the layers, and leaks to develop.

4.     Poorly installed flashing: Flashing is needed to channel moisture away from critical areas. Adequate flashing in valleys and around chimneys, skylights, vents, and satellite dish installations keep these vulnerable areas from allowing water to penetrate the roof.

5.     Ignoring manufacturers’ specifications: Failure to follow guidelines may void manufacturers’ warranties. Proper preparation and installation assures a quality repair job and maintains the warranty.

Hiring a reputable, licensed roofing contractor like Urbach Roofing, Inc. is the best way for homeowners to avoid the pitfalls of a poor shingle roofing repair. With over 45 years of experience in roof repair and installation, we make sure the job is done right, with quality products and following industry-leading standards and manufacturer specifications.

To schedule an appointment, call 760-471-5065, no repair is too small!