Roofing 101

How talented is your roofing contractor?

There are plenty of decisions to navigate when preparing to have your roof repaired or replaced. Hiring a talented and experienced roofing contractor can help ease the burden. But hiring one that doesn’t cut the mustard can cause you more work and stress.

So, how talented is your roofing contractor?

  • Read online reviews. Websites like Angie’s List and other online ranking and feedback sites can give you a fairly clear picture of how talented your roofing contractor is. Read several reviews for each contractor to get a sense of their overall work. You can also get a sense for how experienced, how clean and how thorough a roofer is by reading what others are writing about them online. Taking a little time to research your roofer on the internet will give you confidence in your decision.
  • Ask friends and neighbors. If you are at the beginning of your search for a good local roofing contractor, ask your friends and neighbors in your area for recommendations and advice. Whether they have had positive or negative experiences with their roofers, you can distill the information you gather to help you make an informed decision you’ll be happy with.
  • Ask for references. A long list of solid references says more than any website or phone call can. People you trust who have had firsthand experience with a roofer will give you a detailed and honest opinion. Ask them to see pictures of their roof while the work was in progress. Also ask them about how well their roofer cleaned up and respected their yard.
  • Ask specific questions. How many people are on your crew? What is your clean-up policy / strategy? What is your timeline? How booked are you right now? Do you offer a warranty? Does the warranty cover materials and labor? How long will my new roof last? How many years have you been a roofer? Where are you headquartered?

Dessert Companies installs and applies manufacturer’s roofing materials the way they are intended to be installed. A hallmark of a good roofing contractor is a thorough knowledge and understanding of the materials they use and how they are intended to be installed. This is important for the integrity of your roof and for the validity of the warranty on your roofing materials. Our expert roofing team is familiar with GAF Elk Timberline, Certainteed, Tamko, Owens Corning, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Behr materials.