Roofing Contractor Selection in Normal, Illinois
Whether you have a leaky roof that needs repair or need a full tear off and replacement due to the age or condition of your roof, hiring the right roofer will have the biggest impact on your satisfaction with the finished project.
What's the best way to verify that a roofing company is legitimate?
The best way to confirm a roofer has a current license, insurance, and any other third party certifications is to ask to see these documents at the time of the roofing estimate. Pay close attention to expiration dates to ensure the contractor's license and insurance are current.
Hometown Roofing Contractors has prescreened the roofing companies on this page and confirmed a valid state license (if required by your state) and liability insurance certificate. These documents were valid at the time of the screening, but it's possible that the status of the license or insurance could have changed since the screening. So, it's still very important to ask to for evidence of the roofers' license and insurance certificates at the time of your roof repair or roof replacement estimate.
How important are professional credentials for roofers?
Professional credentials.. like license, insurance, etc., are a starting point only. Any roofing companies that aren't credentialed should automatically come off the list of possible roofers for your project. But professional credentials are only a starting point, they don't guarantee quality workmanship or that a particular roofer has the right skill set for your project. First, consider what requirements your particular project requires. Most experienced roofing contractors with professional credentials have the skills necessary for a shingle roof replacement or roof repair. But if your project requires a roofing material other than shingles, you may want to find a roofing specialist for that particular material or roof style.
So, if you prefer to install a new metal roof, find a contractor that has demonstrated expertise as a metal roofer. The same goes for tile roofing, slate roofs, shake roofs, or any other specialty material... find a roofing contractor that has experience for that kind of material.
What warranties are offered by roofing contractors?
There are two kinds of roofing warranties homeowners and business owners need to be aware of:
- Roofing Materials Warranty - These warranties are not actually offered by the contractor, though the roofer can educate you on the different durations and types. Materials warranties are offered by the manufacturer of the materials you select. Whether you're installing a new metal roof, shingle roof, or tile roof, the materials used are typically guaranteed for anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime. Quality manufacturers such as GAF, CertainTeed, and Owens Corning and others all offer warranties on their materials. The duration of the warranty depends on the grade of material you select.
- Workmanship Warranty - These warranties are offered directly by the roofing company and typically protect the property owner against roof leaks or other issues caused by improper installation. Duration of these warranties often varies between 1 year up to 10 years. Be sure to get any guarantees or warranties offered by your hired roof contractor in writing to protect yourself.