Depending on the style and material of your roof, it has a finite lifespan. There are times when a roof repair in San Mateo can get it back to keeping your home safe and dry. But there comes a time when repairs are no longer cost-effective and a roof replacement is necessary.

Do Your Homework

Needless to say, a roof replacement is a costly proposition. Your home is a huge investment and when replacing one of its major systems, you want to make sure that the company you choose will do the job right.

Finding the right company requires a little research and some diligence on your part. These are some important mistakes you want to avoid when hiring a roofing contractor in San Mateo.

Only Trust Your Roofing Replacement to a Qualified Contractor

Your roof is one of the most important systems in your home. Don’t trust a roof replacement to a roofing contractor without an established good reputation in your community. Always ask for a list of references and check them yourself.

You will also want to verify that the roofing company has a brick and mortar address, the required business license, tax identification number and the appropriate insurance. An uninsured roofer may put your property and your financial security at risk if someone gets hurt on the job. Demand to see proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation before you hire any roofing contractor.

Don’t Use the Price as Your Only Hiring Criteria

The old adage is true. You only get what you pay for. And your roof is not somewhere that you want to take the risk of a less than quality job. The lowest quote may reflect cutting corners in other areas that are important to the quality of your job. Don’t take that chance. Price is only one aspect to consider in a quote.

Beware the Guys Who Come to Your Door After a Storm

You probably have seen them. After a storm, some roofing companies will canvas neighborhoods door-to-door for business. Be especially careful of the companies that emphasize your insurance claim. Many of these roofing companies will also use the guise that they were in your neighborhood and noticed that your roof had damage. Before signing anything, make sure that you have spoken with your insurance company and checked with the Better Business Bureau.

Get Everything in Writing

Your estimate is not just about the costs of your roofing job. The quote you get from a roofer should be detailed and provide important things such as

● The commencement date of the project
● An estimated time of completion
● A full work description that details materials, underlayment type, flashing locations, sealant type and even the types of fasteners and nails used.
● Guarantees and warranties including those covering workmanship, materials and manufacturer warranties.

Make sure you read it through and understand everything before you sign. Ask for a copy of the signed contract before allowing work to begin.

Get Professional Advice

If you are looking for a professional roofing contractor in the San Mateo area with years of experience and references, Shelton Roofing is happy to provide a free estimate. Contact us today.