Tips to finding a roofing contractor

Tips to finding a roofing contractor

There are 14 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 21, 2009, titled Tips to finding a roofing contractor. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The National Roofing Contractors Association offers homeowner information on its Web site , from tips on how to select a contractor to how to check your roof for possible problems.

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Southern Yank

White House, TN

#1 May 21, 2009
Just stay away from Andrews Roofing...shoddy workmanship, they do not stand by their warranty and after three years (and $14,000 for a new roof), my roof still leaks.

Winter Garden, FL

#2 May 21, 2009

I enjoy your column, but I have to disagree with you on your opinion that "if the contractor needs the money upfront, then that roofer has a problem"

Just because a contractor requires an upfront deposit for materials does no make him a scam artist. Why should the contractor, in effect, "loan" the HO money by fronting the material costs? Is the contractor intitled to interest for this short term loan?

What if the contractor pays for the material, has it delivered, installs it properly and to code, and then the HO refuses to pay? Not only is the contractor's money for labor on hold until he can file a proper lein, but also the money that he has already spent on material. There are HO that know how to work the system that scams the contractors too.

I think you are off base on this one. There is nothing wrong with asking a homeowner to pay a deposit that at least covers SOME of the material costs, if not all. Please don't paint all contractors with the same brush as Jim Metts

Troy, VA

#4 Mar 29, 2013
Southern Yank wrote:
Just stay away from Andrews Roofing...shoddy workmanship, they do not stand by their warranty and after three years (and $14,000 for a new roof), my roof still leaks.
Move to a drier climate.
Courtney Galler

Provo, UT

#9 Jul 29, 2014
I'm looking for a roofing contractor for my friend in Naperville, Illinois. He's gotten some storm damage, and is in sever need of a repair. I've been helping him look, and this is one option I've found:
Seth Ashford

Walla Walla, WA

#11 Aug 8, 2014
I feel like roofing contractors would have a lot of success in places like Florida and Louisiana. They are high risk areas for floods and hurricanes- and when there's a hurricane, there's a damaged roof. If I was a roofing contractor, I would probably work in the south.
Cory Trevor

Buffalo, NY

#12 Sep 11, 2014
Do you have any recommendations for a roofing contractor, Seth? I just moved to Washington, and I was hoping to get a referral from a local. My new house needs some roof repairs. I should have been more persistent about it during the sell, but now it is my problem.
Peter Simmons

Provo, UT

#14 Sep 19, 2014
My aunt needs some help with her roof. She found a couple of leaks during a storm last night, and she's getting ready to sell the place. She needs it fixed before there's any hard damage. She has a couple of options, but any suggestions are appreciated.

Buffalo, NY

#15 Sep 30, 2014
Check your home insurance for discounts on home improvement repairs.The one thing more annoying than a leaky roof is a bad job. Make sure to do your research and check reviews and credentials.

Smarr, GA

#22 Nov 7, 2014
I think a really good tip to have in mind when looking for just contractors in general is to get a list of referrals that you can go off of. I feel like the best way to find a really good contractor is through this method. It also helps to get testimonials from others because you can get a feel of how they work as well.
Zach |

Orlando, FL

#26 Nov 25, 2014
Is there a roofing contractor search engine site? It would be like those travel search engines, but it would be for contractors. I think that would be the best way for dealing with roofing problems.

Buffalo, NY

#28 Jan 5, 2015
I have a hole in my roof from my son that was trying to take the Christmas lights down. It almost makes me wonder if I need to get the whole roof looked at. Do you think I should call in a roofer or someone else?
Gerald Vonberger

Toronto, Canada

#31 Feb 13, 2015
I think you're right about getting a contractor that is willing to take some upfront money and then some money when the project is done. That's a pretty good sign that they're a quality contractor. It means they're comfortable guaranteeing their work and accepting money after it's completed.

Sanaa, Yemen

#32 Feb 21, 2015
There are a few different ways you can find a contractor for roofing. One of them is asking around for references. Your could also just ask a few places for quotes and then from there figure out what the best option is for you.
james harvon

Wilmington, DE

#34 Apr 21, 2015
There are many positives to be taken from that article. The most important tip that I have learned over the years for finding a roofing contractor is using your networks. Friends and family have all given me great recommendations on who to go.

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