After the storm — for homeowners and contractors

If you’re a homeowner after the blizzard

Residential roofer in Charlotte, NC

With winter storms having hit the Charlotte and Concord, NC area, many people are already finding that the roofs of their homes have suffered damage — damage that they’ll want repaired before the next big storm. That, unfortunately, means that the storm chasers will be showing up, knocking on everyone’s doors and offering their “services” as residential roofers. Some of these people will demand payment (or a large chunk of it) up front and then disappear with the money. Some of them will offer free inspections, and then damage your roof themselves and blame the storm.

Others will just offer poor service. You’ll set up a time for the repairs, rearrange your schedule so you can let them in to do the work, and they’ll reschedule at the last minute. Or they’ll do work that looks good on the surface, but doesn’t hold up very long. Or they’ll do decent repairs but neglect to tell you about more serious long-term problems your roof has.

If you’re a homeowner, you need to resist the urge to hire the first residential roofer that shows up, and instead do the homework necessary to make sure you’re hiring not just a legitimate firm, but a good one. That means looking up their licensing and insurance information online. It also means checking with the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List and other people who keep ratings of residential roofers. Get a list of six or seven roofers you can accept bids from. Look for residential roofers that have been in business for as long as possible. Less than one tenth of one percent of contractors are able to stay in business for ten years or more.

If you’re a residential roofer

If you are a residential roofer, at times like this smart homeowners are giving you work than you can actually do within a reasonable amount of time, which means it’s time to start subcontracting. If you’re local, you probably already know some of the other residential roofer in your area, and have a good notion of who to stay away from. If you’re national, you need to put at least as much effort into looking for a top residential roofer as a homeowner would.

The top residential roofer in Charlotte or Concord, NC

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the top residential roofer in Charlotte and Concord, NC, having won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and an Owens Corning preferred contractor. They’ll plan their work schedule to suit your needs, and provide all the roofing materials themselves. Whether you need a completely new roof or just need to fix an old one, call today for a free estimate.