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Don’t Be Scared of Looking for a Professional Roofer

We’re going to talk about something scary; it is October after all. No, we aren’t going to talk about witches, ghosts, or the new Halloween movie. What we are going to talk about usually happens as a result of a dark and stormy night, however. In this blog, we are going to talk about the sometimes scary (but really doesn’t have to be) process of selecting a roofer for your North Dallas home.

In all seriousness, we understand that choosing a roofer can be scary. But, we are here to help you make the process easier with these tips.

Look for Local. When a big storm hits, so do roofing scammers (also known as storm chasers) looking to prey upon nervous homeowners. Protect yourself by hiring local roofers with established roots. Using an out-of-town roofing company may make it harder to do business – and harder to find them if there is an issue down the road.

If an unsolicited roofer shows up on your doorstep, do not allow them onto your roof. Instead, ask that they leave you their information and review them online before you hire them. Make sure they have a local address, tax ID number, web presence and read any reviews of their work. Tip: ask any potential roofer for a list of references and call them for feedback.

Know the Law. Many roofing scam companies try to solicit business by offering deals on deductibles as a way to get you to sign quickly. It is actually illegal for roofers to promise you that they will waive your deductible. If they’re willing to cut corners on the law, where else are they willing to cut corners?

Check for Registration. Currently, in Texas, there is no statewide licensing requirement for roofers. However, in many municipalities, roofers must be registered to work and pull permits. Contact your town or city’s building department for a list of registered roofers.

Check for Insurance. Do not, and we repeat, do not hire a roofing company if they cannot produce general liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Check the certificates for dates of coverage to ensure they are covered through the completion of your project.

Evaluate Estimates. Once you’ve gone through these steps, get estimates from at least three different roofing companies. Allow each company to do an inspection and submit a written proposal. Compare the quotes to pick the best one. Keep all documents related to your roof repair in case you have a future issue or need warranty repair.

Are you looking for a professional roofer? Don’t be scared this October. Call a professional roofing company today.

Should You Hire a Roofer or General Contractor for Your Roofing Project?

When thinking about hiring a roofer to replace the roof of your Frisco home, you naturally want to hire someone reliable, someone affordable, and someone professional. But should you hire a roofer or a general contractor? This blog breaks down the benefits of choosing a professional roofing company over a general contractor for your next roofing project.

Why choose a professional roofing company:

  1. Experience. Do you really want a company that specializes in bathroom or kitchen remodeling taking on your roofing project? While a general contractor may be able to build or remodel many things around your home, that does not mean they have the necessary training or expertise to repair or replace your roof. Professional roofing companies specialize in roofs and repair and replace them every single day.
  1. Education. Professional roofing companies have a dynamic and deep understanding of roof construction and roofing code requirements. Understanding these facets of roofing is definitely to your benefit by ensuring that the work that the roofing company you choose does the job solidly and safely.

Contractors without a solid understanding of roofing construction and do not stay informed of ever-changing code requirements may be able to put on shingles, but could lack the knowledge needed about things such as the impact of thoroughly sealing flashing or installing vents correctly. These installation issues can leave you with leaks – and a hefty repair bill.

  1. Certification. Professional roofing companies often go the extra mile to become certified to use specific types of roofing materials. These certifications are given by roofing material manufacturers such as GAF and usually have stringent requirements. Some of these requirements include holding state licenses and maintaining insurance. Having a reputation for quality and demonstrating a commitment to ongoing training is also often a part of these certifications.

If you’re looking for a professional roofing company for your roof repair or replacement, check out these five questions to ask a roofing company before you hire them.




Five Questions to Ask Your Roofer – Before You Hire Them

Hiring the right roofer to replace the roof on your Plano home means a high level of customer satisfaction and a job well done. Hiring the wrong roofer to replace your roof, and you may end up with loose shingles, leaks, and no recourse.

Here are five questions to ask when researching roofers:

1. Are you local?

As a resident of Plano or North Texas, you know that when big storms hit, the number of roofers in the DFW area grows exponentially. Many of these roofers come from other states looking for repair work. They also quickly leave when the well of work runs dry. Using an out of area roofing company means that you are going to be out of luck if you have to track them down regarding a problem or repair. Tip: Select a roofer you can trust with an established local office you can visit, versus someone who works out of their truck.

2. Are you licensed?

Only 21 states require roofing contractors to be licensed, and Texas is not one of them. Obtaining a roofing license in Texas is voluntary, but many municipalities require roofers to become licensed to work in their particular city. Scott Exteriors has gone the extra mile to become licensed in Plano, Dallas, and many other North Texas cities that require licensing for roofers. Tip: Check with your city’s Code Enforcement department for their roofing company licensing requirements.

3. Do you have insurance?

Many people assume that the company they hire to replace or repair their roof is insured, only to find out they are not actually insured after a problem arises. Using a roofer that is insured protects your property from costly damage that may occur during your roofing project. Tip: Ask potential roofing providers for their insurance certificate and call the insurer to verify coverage.

4. Do you provide a roofing warranty?

Warranties provide you with coverage for repairs or replacement if there is a defect in materials or installation. Many shingle manufacturers offer warranties to cover their product, and many professional roofing companies provide warranties on their workmanship. Scott Exteriors provides a minimum of a five-year warranty on residential roofing projects and longer terms for commercial roofing projects. Tip: Ask for the roofing company’s warranty and read it for the details regarding replacements, fees, and transferability.

5. Do you provide references?

A professional, established roofing company should have a list of references ready to had potential clients. If the company you are researching does not have an available list of references, it’s a sign to steer clear. Tip: You should not only ask for references, but you should also contact those references to make sure they are legitimate.

Looking for a professional, insured, and local roof? Look no further. Contact Scott Exteriors today for all of your roofing needs.