Looking for a good San Diego roofer? When searching for a roofer, there are a lot many factors to consider besides just the price. Roofing is more complicated than laying down a few tiles or shingles. A roofing system includes everything from framing, underlayment, ventilation, gutters, flashing, and skylights. A good roofer not only knows roofing, but also carpentry, house and roof ventilation, and millwork.
How to Find a Roofer
When looking for a good San Diego roofing company, here are some things to keep in mind:
Using a local San Diego roofer has several benefits. First, they will be more familiar with the local building codes and the process of applying for permits in your area. Second, they will be familiar with the local climate and what building materials and techniques work best in your area. Third, they are much easier to track down if you have problems with finishing the job, warranties, or repair work. Fourth, local roofers are more often small, family-owned companies who are invested in your community.
To find a roofer, make sure you do your homework first. Start with a simple internet search for their name and phone number. Visit review websites that include reviews from previous customers and ask for references from the company. Look to see if your roofer holds a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Make sure your roofing contractor is licensed. Getting a license requires passing a test to measure competency and shows that your contractor is following local laws. Any dedicated, professional contractor will have a license. Working with a licensed contractor also gives you a related government agency to turn to if there is a problem. Get the roofer’s business license number and check with the city or county to make sure they comply with any regulations. For San Diego roofers, you can check their state license at cslb.ca.gov.
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Make sure your roofing contractor is insured. The State of California requires all licensed contractors to have workmen’s compensation insurance. If an employee gets hurt while on the job, the insurance company pays all the related medical expenses. However, if your contractor does not have workmen’s compensation insurance, you could be liable for medical costs, lost wages, and other related costs.
Many professional roofers also carry a general liability insurance policy to protect you against any losses due to fire, injuries, death, or structure damage.
Any reputable roofing company will be more than happy to give you the name of their insurance carrier. You can then check their coverage directly with the carrier. Before you select a contractor, make sure your interests are protected.
Go With Your Gut
Make sure you meet with any roofing company that you plan on hiring. Get a feel for their personality and if they are somebody you would like to work with. Do they have a positive attitude? Do they take pride in their work? Are they excited about helping you with your problems? Are they responsive to your calls? Do they get you the information you request?
Good roofers will be willing to take the time to explain any issues or decisions with you. They will not make you feel silly for asking questions or brush over any of your concerns. And don’t forget, if something sounds fishy, it probably is.
Working on a roof can be dangerous. Find a roofer who is professional and takes the necessary precautions. A dirty worksite can be a safety hazard. Make sure your roofer has a system in place to keep the job site clean throughout the entire process. Avoid contractors who plan on just cleaning up at the end. If you have a steep roof, find out if they have experience working on steep roofs and if they use climbing gear.
Good roofers should stay abreast of all the latest advances in techniques and materials. Your roofer should be well trained and have plenty of experience working with roofs. Find out if the roofer employs a permanent crew. Some contractors will hire temporary labor with little to no experience to save money.
It is also a good idea to meet with a professional roofer, not just a salesperson. Salespeople will sometimes promise more than the actual roofing crew can deliver.
Make sure your roofer knows the manufacturer’s specifications for any materials used on your roof. Installing something incorrectly can void your product warranties. TR Construction is an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. Owens Corning carefully vets roofers, looking at things like workmanship, credit reviews, proper licensing, and proper installation methods.
Ask About The Process
Roofing isn’t always pleasant. You will have people up on your roof for days and it can get loud and noisy. Ask potential roofers what their process is for roof tear offs and what things they will do to protect your home and landscape. Learn more about our highly efficient roof tear off system.
Look for a detailed estimate that clearly outlines what work will be performed and how much it will cost. From the estimate, you should have a clear understanding of what needs to be done on your roof and what will be done to fix any problems.
If you are looking for a good San Diego roofer, please give us a call at (858) 537-6490. We would be more than happy to answer all your questions. Learn more about our specialized divisions in remodeling, roofing, electrical, solar, and painting. Call for a Free Estimate