Need to Hire a Florida Roofer? Here Are 4 Things to Consider

Your roof is a significant investment, keeping your family safe and protecting your home. Florida may be known for its sunshine, but many weather events can take a toll on your roof. Regular maintenance can help keep your roof healthy and allow you to spot problems quickly. Finding a roofer you trust is vital if there’s an emergency or your roof needs to be replaced due to wear and tear. Whether repairing or replacing your roof, cost, material, and installation are an essential part of the equation. Let’s look at four more must-haves when hiring a Florida roofing contractor.

Spotting an Experienced Roofing Contractor

Roofing companies usually put their years of experience on the first page of their website or in their about me sections on social media like Facebook, Instagram, or even Google. These social media sites also typically include extensive pictures of work performed. But if a roofing company changes its name or an experienced contractor goes out independently, verifying their years of experience can be tricky. 

Check for certifications instead. Roofing materials and tools are constantly evolving, and manufacturers offer certifications for roofers who demonstrate knowledge of their products and proper installation techniques. An experienced roofing contractor will add these to their website or any flyers they provide to future customers.

Reviews Can Help You Decide

Word of mouth is a great option, but sometimes your friends and family can steer you wrong. Online reviews and ratings are a great way to verify a roofer’s reputation and work. Many companies include reviews directly on their website. For example, a quick Google search of Endless Summer Roofing has a rating and reviews that are easy to spot and click on. Yelp and social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram, are a major go-to nowadays for reviews and even interaction with companies and contractors. 

Customer comments about a contractor’s professionalism, reliability, and quality of work are just a few qualities that should jump out. Sifting through reviews can be challenging, thanks to disgruntled customers and fake reviews. Look for follow-up comments by the company for deeper insight into their work ethic and a better idea of how they treat their customers.  

The Benefits Of Choosing A Local Roofing Contractor

The Sunshine State sees its fair share of heat and hurricanes, and both should be a consideration when repairing or replacing a roof. National companies may be able to keep roofing costs low, but local roofers have a few advantages.

  • They understand your area or environmental concerns
  • Work daily with city or building codes
  • Prepared and can pivot in weather conditions
  • Familiarity with roofing material response to weather conditions, especially non-traditional options that work best.

Local roofers feel more like your neighbor, making it easier for them to develop a closer relationship with customers and be more accessible in an emergency.

Make Sure Your Roofing Contractor Is Licensed And Insured

Each state has its own requirements contractors must meet in terms of safety or building codes for weather events like hurricanes, for example. And roofing contractors must be licensed in the state (and sometimes the county) where they work. In Florida, roofing contractors must undergo a process that includes a background check, proof of training, and more to get that license. 

Roofers must also have insurance, whether they work solo or hire subcontractors. This helps protect you if there is an accident on your property. You can either check if your roofing contractor is licensed here or ask for proof of license and insurance before signing a contract.

Research Your Roofing Contractor Before Signing

Now that you know what to look for when hiring a roofing contractor, it’s time to get to work. Take the time to check reviews, verify they are licensed, look for a gallery of previous work, and even ask about a warranty. Even during an emergency, hiring the wrong person can cost you more in the long run. 

Endless Summer Roofing is licensed and insured in the state of Florida. But more than that, we know this area and the weather that could wreak havoc on your roof. We’ll help you choose the best materials, promise quality and safe installation you can count on, and back our work up with a workmanship warranty. Contact us to set up a no-risk consultation for roof repairs or replacement today. 

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