Living in Florida we understand how brutal the weather can be on our roof. With the scorching heat, wind, rain and overall severe storms we receive throughout the year, our Jacksonville roofs are put to the test. Having a quality roof is imperative to keeping your home safe and secure. Even with a quality roof, over time you will need to repair or replace your roof. Being that your home is typically your largest investment you will want to hire a qualified Jacksonville roofer to make sure the job is done properly and to protect your investment. Let’s discuss the benefits of hiring a licensed roofing contractor.
When getting quotes for a roof repair or a roof replacement it is human nature to go for the lowest bid. However, consider a few things. Why is one contractor’s quote so much less than everyone else’s? Are they licensed and insured? A low quote may be tempting; however over the long term that roof you initially saved money on may in turn cost you much more in repairs.
When shopping contractors all costs are relatively standard when it comes to material, labor, etc…So in order for one contractor to come in much less than another they may be using cheaper materials. They may also be uninsured, which leaves you little to no recourse should the roof fail at a later date. By hiring a licensed and insured roofer you are protecting your investment.
Do Your Research
Prior to hiring any roofer, you will always want to do your due diligence and research each contractor. All reputable roofing contractors should have a physical location with a dedicated business listing online and in local directories. They will have positive reviews online from previous customers. Go to their website for additional information. They should have licensing information and be part of trade organizations for their industry. Below we have listed a few additional factors for qualifying a roofing contractor:
- Insurance: A reputable contractor should carry general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
- Manufacturer certification: Many roofing manufacturers require certified contractor to handle installation of their product. If not, the manufacturer’s warranty may no longer be valid.
- Licenses: Look up the contractor’s license on Florida’s License Portal. They should maintain an active license with the State.
Reviews and References
Outside of checking on a Jacksonville roofer’s license and insurance information, you should always ask for references. Getting a 3rd party’s perspective on their experience with a contractor and how he was to work with can tell you a lot as to how your experience will probably play out. Reading online reviews from sources like Google My Business, Yelp, Facebook, etc…can help you gauge a contractor’s reputation in the local market.
Jacksonville Roofing Company
If you are in need of a roof repair or replacement contact White’s Roofing today. We specialize in residential and commercial roofs. We have been servicing Jacksonville residents for over 15 years and are licensed and insured. If you would like a free roofing estimate from a company with the experience and expertise then call us now (904) 220-5546.