Since a roof protects the entire building, including everything inside it and its structural components, choosing a qualified roofer for a repair or replacement can be a challenging decision if you want to ensure that you are getting what you pay for and what you expect. Professional, reputable roofers take the necessary steps to provide the guarantee that their materials and workmanship are of the highest quality. A licensed roofing contractor operates his business within strict guidelines. When the roofing contractor has more to lose, the roofing customer has more to gain.
What You Can Expect With an Unlicensed Roofer
Why Are Unlicensed Roofers Often Less Expensive?
Almost any roof company can claim to be a professional, but the proof is in the final product. A roofing license proves that the roofer has been tested on his knowledge and experience, proving that he is prepared and competent to perform within the industry. Licenses cost money, adding to the overhead paid by legitimate roofers.
To save themselves money, unlicensed roofers are more likely not to have the proper insurance coverage. If problems occur, the property owner may become responsible for unfinished work, damage to property, and any injuries that take place on their premises. Unlicensed roofers have not proven that they know and apply all safety requirements necessary to perform this dangerous type of work.
If the type of work requires a permit that was not secured, the property owner becomes responsible should an inspection reveal that work was not performed according to building code regulations. Unscrupulous roofers sometimes charge for securing the necessary permits, but they pocket the fees rather than pay for the permits.
Most manufacturers of quality roofing products require a license from the roofing contractor to become certified for the use of their products. Certification ensures that the roofing contractor is knowledgeable and experienced with their products. All manufacturer’s recommendations for handling and installation must be followed for warranties to remain valid. An unlicensed roofer is more likely to use inferior roofing materials.
Was the Work Done Right?
Roofing is a highly skilled trade, so experience is very important. Along with experience, a roofer must have the desire to perform excellent work to deliver a high-quality finished product. Unlicensed roofers often operate out of the back of their truck with no real business structure. They may move around a lot, change their name occasionally, and be in and out of business often. Profit is often their primary incentive. If problems arise with their work, these roofers may be impossible to find.
Along with knowledge, experience, and desire, a professional roofer will be properly equipped to safely and accurately perform the necessary work. An adequate number of trained personnel will ensure that the work is completed correctly and within the timeframe specified before the work began.
Where Do I Find a Licensed Roofer?
Thanks to modern technology, finding a licensed roofer has become more accessible. Check online to find reputable roofers in your area. Make a list of potential companies, contact the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that may have been received, and call the company and ask for references that you can call and verify.
Confirm the roof services offered by the company. Roof inspections are often free, so call a few potential contractors and have them evaluate your roof’s condition. Even if the damage seems obvious, as is often the case after a severe storm, there may be hidden damage that only a professional can identify. Compare the quotes you receive, but make sure that you pay careful attention to exactly what work will be performed. When you have decided on which licensed roofing contractor to hire, be sure to get a detailed contract in writing. When all work is completed to your satisfaction, consider purchasing a roofing maintenance plan to preserve your investment.
If you prefer to simplify the process, you can call Alpha Roofing. We are a Round Rock roofing company with an exemplary reputation, and we are fully insured and properly licensed. We offer a wide variety of roof services, including the replacement of asphalt shingles and flat roofs, the repair of chimneys and flashing, and the installation of metal roofing systems, and skylights. We also offer an economical roofing maintenance plan for homeowners. You can contact us for a free quote by submitting the online form or calling 512-777-1086.