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Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
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We called DRS after the hurricane of September 2017 blew some shingles off our roof. Our Insurance Company had already completed their review of the damage inspection conducted by their claims adjustor. They suggested that we find a reputable contractor to "repair the damages" incurred during the hurricane. We contacted a few recommended roofing companies and chose DRS to complete the work needed. Shane arrived at our appointed time and inspected the damages to our roof. After his inspection, he recommended that we contact our Insurance Company and request that our "entire roof be replaced" because current Florida code requires that it be replaced if damages exceed 25% of the roofs square footage. We weren't aware of the Florida code and were surprised that the Insurance Company had not suggested this from the beginning. The Insurance Company was cooperative but needed additional information and confirmation that this was indeed Florida code requirements. I contacted DRS and Shane was very helpful in working with the Insurance Company and provided them all the information they requested. His assistance expedited the process and our Insurance Company replaced the entire roof leaving us to cover only the deductible. We waited patiently as our neighbors had their homes taken care of by other roofing companies. When our turn came to replace the roof, DRS had a crew of 12 people working to ensure it was done right. They were professional, quick, and completed it in less than 2 days. Our neighbors commented on the work, how many workers (versus 3 to 6 on their projects), the quickness of the job, and results of all their work. We've worked long and hard for our home and are proud of it. The fact that DRS understood that and insured that we received their best, makes our choice that much more meaningful.My wife and I would not hesitate to recommend DRS for your roofing project and I put that in writing.
This company has been the worst experience that I have ever encountered they came by after the storm promising me that my roof would be replaced. After signing paperwork I have had to be the one to call and ask what is going on with the installation and it takes more than 3 mails and many text messages for Julie to answer back and lets not even talk about the office personnel. Here we are in December and no roof and they have received already 2 checks from the insurance company and have cashed them. Now what I am getting is the run around that they don't have the materials and that the owner has not answered back yet on the installation of my roof. I would not recommend anyone doing business with this company as they don't care about the customer but the money. They were notified over a month ago that the tarp came off the roof and stated they would send someone and till this day no one has even went by the home. I am really disgusted with the poor ethical skills that they have towards their customers.
I wish you could give 0 stars because that is what they would receive. They by far were not the least expensive so you would think that their workmanship would be top notch; boy were we wrong. Took over 3 months to complete our roof and failed inspection twice. As mentioned in the previous comments, they left nails, trash and empty beer cans laying around. They left fully cracked decking boards, gaps between decking boards, insufficient nails on shingles, used untreated wood to replace facia board, etc. Very unprofessional, rude and unsupervised workers. Do not waste your time or you will wind up paying in the long wrong. Our roof is 1.6 old and we have leaks. Stay away!
Ron from RBS stopped by tonight after inspecting a neighbor's roof. I had lost a few shingles after hurricane Irma and was having a hard time finding a roofer to come to do this minor repair. Ron not only inspected my roof on a moment's notice, but replaced the missing shingles as well. I am beyond impressed with Ron and RBS. A true and honest professional. I highly recommend this company.
Hodges Brothers installed a new shingle roof on my house. After they told me the roof was completed I was treated to a strong smell of mold in my house. I soon noticed streaks on my outside wall where water would run down from under the eaves when it rained. I went up to my attic and found water intrusion in the attic.After 2 return visits by Hodges Brothers and after I had removed the insulation from the attic, I found that the house showed water intrusion under the eaves for the entire 25’ section. I informed Harrison of this via text. He did not get back to me. I phoned him early the next week and he informed me that he had received the text but had not bothered to respond. He said that the leak was not coming through the roof but rather through the soffit where the water would run off the roof, down the flashing onto the fascia and along the bottom of the soffit into the house. He went on further to say this was not their problem. I disagree. I feel that a competent and professional builder would do what is necessary to ensure that their roof worked properly with the fascia and soffit and that there would be a functioning drip edge. At the very least, they would have foreseen the water leak and informed me before the work was finished. We are now going on the 4th week of water intrusion. The smell remains and my dog is getting sick. I conclude that the wood construction of the house is now moldy and mold remediation will be necessary. I can no longer wait for Hodges Brothers to take responsibility for their work and have taken care of this myself. It cost me less than $150 to have someone come out and install a proper drip edge. That is a minor cost that should not have presented any complications to an ethical roofing company. In an attempt to speak to someone other than Harrison, I have placed a call to their home office and am waiting for them to respond. I have now been waiting all week and do not believe they will respond to me.
thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't believe how fast you came out. You saved us from replacing a bunch of drywall. My wife and I are so thank full. Thank you for your lightning fast response.Roberta
I had their number through a friend, hired them to deal with some water damage in my brother's apartment. They were nice and solved the problem relatively fast.
Was hired to do our home roof and porch roof due to hail damage. Signed a contract which was an AOB, which means assignment of benefits. Bad mistake that was, They got paid ahead of time by the insurance company and you do not have control of what materials etc that they use. Signed contract on March 3, 2016 and as of Oct they were not done. I reported them to the DBPR and they opened a case on them. The roof inspection failed and it took another 2 months to get them to get it passed. Never did the porch roof that they got paid for. Finally after threatening to take them to court they refunded the money owed. If you are smart you will Stay Away from this incompetent company.
10 years after he installed our roof it still looks brand new, & he inspects it yearly. He had the best estimate out of 5 better known roofers. Required no money until it. was done & inspected. We're very very pleased
I WAS TOLD BY THE OWNER OF THIS COMPANY( CHRIS ) THAT HE COULD GET US A NEW ROOF THROUGH OUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND THAT THEY HAD EXPERIENCE GETTING THE INSURANCE COMPANY TO PAY FOR OLD ROOFS THAT MAY NEED REPAIR. I SIGNED UP FOR THIS SERVICE AND THEY CAME OUT AND PUT A TARP ON MY ROOF AND SAID THAT A ADJUSTER WOULD COME OUT AND TAKE PICTURES SOON. I DECIDED NOT TO GO WITH THIS BECAUSE IT DIDN'T SOUND LEGIT. I WENT UP ONTO MY ROOF TO TAKE OFF THE TARPS AND DISCOVERED THAT THERE WERE SEVERAL AREAS WHERE SHINGLES HAD BEEN TORN OFF BY HAND TO LOOK LIKE DAMAGE SO I GUESS THIS IS THE SCAM THAT IS BEING RUN BY THIS COMPANY AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ROOF DAMAGE THEY WILL CREATE SOME FOR YOU AND THEN DENY DOING IT AND LEAVE YOUR ROOF DAMAGED AND EXPOSED TO RAIN. VERY DISHONEST
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.