Red flags to watch out for when hiring a roofing contractor
At Ready Roof, we provide complete transparency and outstanding customer service to everyone we work with. But unfortunately, not all roofing contractors are like us.
There are some dishonest contractors out there who will take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Be on the lookout for these red flags when hiring a roofing contractor:
Pressure to sign a contract immediately
Some roofing contractors may pressure you into signing a contract on the spot. They may say that the price will go up if you don’t sign right away or that the materials they have in stock are limited. Don’t fall for it!
If a contractor is legitimate, they will be happy to give you time to read and understand the contract before you sign.
Request for a large deposit upfront
A reputable roofing contractor will not ask for a large deposit upfront. A small deposit of around 10% is standard to cover the cost of materials, but anything more than that should be a red flag.
You should expect courteous, professional behavior from any contractor you hire. If a roofing contractor is rude or aggressive, that is a sign that they are not the right person for the job
Refusal to provide references
A good roofing contractor should have no problem providing you with references from past clients. If they refuse or say they don’t have any available, that’s a red flag.
Lack of insurance or licensing
As we mentioned, all roofing contractors should be licensed and insured to work on your home. If they are not, that is a major red flag, and you should not hire them.
Common roofing problems and how contractors fix them
Many different roofing problems can occur, but some are more common than others. Here are a few of the most frequent roofing problems we see and how contractors can fix them:
- Leaks: If you have a leak, it’s important to act quickly to avoid water damage to your home. A roofing contractor will first identify the source of the leak and then make repairs to seal it off.
- Shingle damage: Wind, hail, or debris can damage shingles. If you notice any missing or damaged shingles, contact a roofing contractor right away. They will replace the shingles to prevent further damage to your roof.
- Ice dams: Ice dams form when melted snow and ice refreeze at the edge of your roof. This can cause water to back up under your shingles and into your home. A roofing contractor will remove the ice dam and make repairs to prevent it from happening again.
- Ventilation problems: Proper ventilation is important for preventing condensation and mold growth in your attic. If you notice any signs of condensation or mold, contact a roofing contractor to have them check your ventilation system. They can add additional vents or fans to improve airflow and prevent future problems.
- Skylights: Skylights are a common source of leaks. If you have a leaky skylight, a roofing contractor will replace the seals around the skylight to stop the leak.
Hiring a roofing contractor is the best way to ensure that your roof is in good condition and can protect your home from the elements.
How to determine the best type of roof for your home
When you’re ready to replace your roof, you’ll need to decide on the best type of roof for your home. There are many factors to consider, including the climate, the style of your home, and your budget.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you choose the best roof for your home:
The climate in your area will play a major role in deciding which type of roof is best for your home. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you’ll need a roof that can withstand the elements.
For example, roofing in New York needs to be able to withstand heavy snowfall and high winds.
And by the way, if you are looking for a roofing contractor or roofer in Long Island, we are the ones to call. Based on our extensive knowledge of roofing materials and climate factors, we will work with you to make the best decision for your New York home.
2. Style of home
You should also consider the style of your home when choosing a roof. For example, if you have a ranch-style home, you’ll want a roof that is low-maintenance and can withstand high winds.
If you have a Victorian-style home, you’ll want a roof that is more ornate and will add to the curb appeal of your home. No matter what style of home you have, we can help you choose the best roof to match.
Your budget is another important factor to consider when choosing a roof. There are many types of roofs, and the price will vary depending on the materials and installation.
When you’re choosing a roof, be sure to ask about the warranty. Some roofing materials come with a lifetime warranty, while others only have a limited warranty.
You’ll also want to think about the maintenance required for the different types of roofs. Some roofs require more maintenance than others.
For example, metal roofs need to be cleaned and sealed regularly to prevent rusting. Asphalt shingle roofs need to be inspected for damage and replaced as necessary.
How often should roofing be replaced?
Most roofs will last for 20 to 25 years before they need to be replaced. However, several factors can shorten the lifespan of your roof.
For example, if your roof was damaged in a severe storm, it may need to be replaced sooner than expected. Also, if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, your roof may not last as long as it would in a more moderate climate.
If you’re not sure how old your roof is or if it needs to be replaced, we can help. We will inspect your roof and let you know if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
How snow and ice impact your roof
Especially in the winter months here in Long Island, New York, it’s important to be aware of how snow and ice can impact your roof.
Here are a few examples of the damage snow and ice can cause:
The weight of the snow and ice can cause your roof to collapse.
Although this example is more severe, it is important to be aware of the weight of the snow and ice on your roof.
Snow and ice can also damage your gutters and cause them to pull away from your roof.
This can lead to water damage on the exterior of your home as well as the interior.
Ice dams can wreak havoc.
This happens when the snow on your roof melts and then refreezes at the edge of your roof. This creates a dam that prevents the melted snow from draining properly. As the water builds up, it can leak into your home and cause water damage.
The snow and ice can create leaks in your roof.
Even if the snow and ice don’t cause major damage, they can still create leaks in your roof. Over time, these leaks can lead to water damage and other problems.
The melting and refreezing of snow and ice can also damage your shingles.
This damage is often not visible from the ground, but it can shorten the lifespan of your roof.