6 Tips for Choosing an Emergency Roof Repair Company after a Storm
If you just endured a severe storm, you may need to call an emergency roofer to deal with a roof repair after a hailstorm, tornado, hurricane or severe winds. Regardless if it is for your home or commercial property, taking quick action is the best prescription for minimizing damage.
The difference between selecting a roofing company after a storm, compared to other times, is the amount of time you may have available to do your research and due diligence on a company. The time required to call references may not be an option – especially if the damage is significant and you are dealing with other storm related aspects including temporarily relocating and securing your property. In these cases, you need to go with a company that is fully vetted by other sources instead.
Let us help. Here’s our checklist for selecting a roofing company in small amount of time.
- Look to the experts
One of the best resources in Texas is the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association. This impartial organization provides helpful resources to homeowners and commercial businesses. Two of the most widely used are their Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor and Questions to Ask Any Roofing Contractor BEFORE You Let Them on Your Roof
- Look for longevity and services
How long has the company been in business? Eventually, even well-funded companies will be forced to close if their quality is poor. Our recommendation is a minimum of 5 years. Younger companies may be fine when you have time to fully research them but not in an emergency. You want someone with an extensive list of past customers and is solid in the community. Check to see what other services they offer. Picking a company that also provides gutters, painting, siding, fencing, and window installation and repair can eliminate a lot of hassles.
- Check the Better Business Bureau
Even if you’re just looking for a quick temporary fix for hail damage while you select a roofing company to handle the entire job, check the Better Business Bureau (BBB). If they are not listed, they may not have been around for long. In addition, businesses holding the BBB accreditation must maintain high rating to keep their status with the organization. Peak Roofing & Construction has been a member since 2012.
- Check affiliations
Unfortunately, Texas does not require roofers to carry a license, so affiliations are the next best indicator. Don’t just look for logos, go to association’s site and verify they are still an active member in good standing. Less than honest roofers can easily cut and paste logos on their site after a storm. Make sure they are valid. Another indicator is one of the highly reputable industry associations, the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas, has a licensing program that quality roofers, like Peak Roofing & Construction, can choose participate in to show they meet the highest requirements in the industry.
- Use the Internet
Take a little time to research the process to temporarily repair your roof. This will help you gauge whether the estimate your given is reasonable based on what you are needing the roofer to do.
- Check their insurance knowledge.
If you’ve had considerable damage from a storm, you are likely going to be filing an insurance claim. You want to make sure you maximize the insurance benefits of your policy without crossing the line and being unlawful. The best roofing companies in your area will have staff that is experienced working in the industry and have knowledge to help you prepare for discussions with your insurance company on hail damage claims or any other type of storm.
- Get everything in writing
Make sure all estimates are provided in writing including what will (and won’t) be covered. Unless you choose otherwise, make sure they roofing company is responsible for job site cleanup. Any extended warranties offered should also be provided in writing.
“Wes’ team worked tirelessly and efficiently. They tore down and replaced our roof in one day. It’s been over a year since you replaced my roof and in that time the roof has performed excellently with no leaks or damaged shingles.”
For more information about residential roofing and other exterior services we provide call (972) 335-7325 (Dallas, Fort Worth), 512-415-6888 (Austin), or contact us online.