So, I need a new roof. Not a patch job but a full “rip it all off and start from scratch” project. Let me offer some advice…never do business with someone who:
1. Does not tell you his name.
2. Does not have a business card.
3. Does not have a logo, phone number, or business name on the side of their extremely creepy white panel van.
4. AND…texts you at all hours of the evening demanding cash the next day to start work.
Okay, so I put a call out on Facebook for roofers and received a bunch of “My brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s buddy, Bubba” to put on a list. Let’s just say the list got creepier as we progressed. So, I did something CRAZY! I called my insurance company and found that I could actually do a claim on my property and the damage it received in a storm from June of 2018. Did you know you could do that? Me neither. It turns out I have some truly knowledgeable friends who pointed me in the right direction. Thanks, Pat, Doug, Susan, Sandy…and anyone else who wants to be my friend. I’m always looking to add people to that list.
Alright, let’s go over a few things you need to know if you are ever stuck in this situation.
1. Call your insurance company. Even if they say no it is worth a call. Not all damage will be seen within 24 hrs of a storm. That was our issue. We didn’t know the extent of the damage until months later.
2. You get what you pay for. Keep this in mind- if you buy cheap you will buy twice. Roofs aren’t cheap, but the cheaper you go the more often you will replace it.
3. Reputation matters. I’m not saying that “My brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s buddy, Bubba” isn’t a good roofer, but if they aren’t licensed, insured, or listed on the BBB how good are they?
4. Ask questions. I’m going to admit that I turned to Pinterest for this one. I found a list of questions to ask a perspective contractor. Go take a look. Pinterest is your friend.
5. Ask for references in your area. Make sure they are licensed in your area as well.
6. This is your home, you make the final call. If they are too pushy, push them out the door. Bye!
7. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE NAMES, PHONE NUMBERS, AND AREN’T TEXTING YOU AT 1
So, I’m getting a new roof. No more leaks. No more worrying my roof will fly off with one of our crazy wind storms.
What have you been up to? Anything you wanna share? Did you learn something interesting? Let me know.
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