Summer is coming, are you?

If you’ve been following this blog and haven’t booked a trip to the key west yet, you’re missing out!

The absolute best time to visit the key west is during the winter months so you can enjoy your stay that much more. Knowing everyone back home is sitting in the cold wishing they were right next to you enjoying the beautiful weather. However, I won’t sugar coat this. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows. (Rainbows are rare)

Every now and then, we get struck by a big storm. And if the storm is big enough, there could be some damage. The worst damage we can experience by far is roof damage. It’s never fun to have roof damage but if you know the right people and companies, it’s never really an issue. The best roofing company will take care of this problem without breaking your wallet or your stress levels.

I can’t stress this enough, working with a roofing contractor doesn’t have to be a headache or nightmare. If you do your research and due diligence, it can be quite easy.

Here are some tips for picking the right contractor

  • A good roofer will have local references and testimonials of previously completed jobs
  • MUST HAVE A BUSINESS LICENSE
  • Roofing credentials are a must! Don’t hire one without them
  • They should have workers compensation insurance
  • General liability insurance
  • Written manufacturing warranties should be provided

Before hiring any roofing contractor, ask for a list of recent customers and actually give them a call or even a text message if allowed! You won’t regret the 10 mins it takes to do this if you happen to get burned because you chose not to.

Also, ask friends, family, and neighbors for their recommendations. Other useful places to ask are insurance agents, claim adjusters, and anyone who might deal with these situations on a daily basis. It also would be wise to check with the BBB (Better Business Bureau)

It’s also wise to avoid contractors who ask for FULL payment upfront. This is a red flag and should be avoided. Standard procedures in this industry typically required 1/3 of the payment upfront with the rest coming after work is completed. Never pay cash for your roofing job.

Be skeptical! This will help you make the right choice. Honest roofers know there are a lot of scum bags trying to do the same thing they are! They understand the importance of picking a good one and will respect your asking of questions!

Be wary of door to door roofing sales people. They are typically found walking around after storms or inspecting your property without your knowing. People are trying to make a quick buck and can take advantage of your lack of knowledge on the subject.

After A Storm You Should:

Do not let a company rush you into a decision, take your time and do your research. Look up multiple businesses, get their cards, and request written estimates for services on the damages to your roof.

Be careful of companies preaching to you about getting your entire roof replaced by your insurance company. This only happens in rare circumstances and while it sure does sound good, it’s rarely the case.

The bottom line is:

Do your research! If you do, you have nothing to worry about because all of the evidence you could ever need is already out there!

Hope this helped, again if you are ready for that trip, contact us 🙂

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