About using a company you saw working in the neighborhood

Homeowners often get three bids for their roofing project. And in that mix of bids is often a company or guy who did their neigbor’s roof. People trust their neighbors. They want to believe their neighbor wouldn’t allow a bad company on their property, often to the point that the homeowner doesn’t even do their research. These companies may not have insurance. Or they have trucks with out-of-state plates (meaning they may be here today and gone tomorrow). Or they may not even know what they’re doing (which will reveal itself in leaks). They may have a myriad of issues
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How do you know if a company’s truly insured?

Many roofing companies claim to have insurance when asked. And they may have some form, but how insured are they? Do they have worker’s compensation insurance? How about liability? The questions you ask are crucial. And even if they say “yes” to your queries, you should get a copy of their worker’s compensation and liability insurance, just to be sure, because sometimes people will tell you what they know you want to hear. When you ask them for proof they’ll tell you “I’ll get back to you.”
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It’s okay to roof in the winter.

As we near Fall and the weather turns colder, we often get calls by people who are in a panic to replace their roof. Some actually think we close down for a few months until it begins to warm up again. The fact is, it’s okay to install shingles in the winter. As long as it’s not too cold.
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Heavy winds damage area roofs

Tornados and heavy winds have hit the area and damaged a lot of roofs. And like clockwork, out-of-state roofing companies are swarming in, knocking on doors, and signing people up. Unfortunately, many of these companies are claiming to be local, obtaining local numbers when they arrive. Their representatives may seem nice enough, but what kind of work will their workers do? And what assurance do you have that the company will stick around to correct any problems once they’re finished working in the area.
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Upgrades-Worthwhile or a Waste?

I love vacations! So I can understand when a customer tells me “I’d rather spend the money on a cruise than upgrade my roofing!” However, your home is an important investment, and an upgrade can be invaluable addition worth considering. When it’s time to replace your roof, you want to pick your contractor very carefully then talk about upgrade options. There are numerous products out there, and not all of them will look right on your style of house.
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