by Stella Amador / Published June 2015
Every year, around this time, you’re probably inundated with hurricane season guides, TV specials about storm preparation, and expert analysis like this one. What makes this one different? Unlike most guides, I want to focus on what happens after a storm and the crucial steps that can save you money now and for years to come. After all, we are talking about your roof, one of the most important components of your property.
The roof is exposed to the elements, and it is the primary defense against hurricanes and storms. At the same time, it is also the most vulnerable part of a property. When a storm or hurricane causes damages, dealing with the aftermath can be overwhelming. The following information will help you through the process of restoring your roof and your peace of mind.
Usually, soon after a storm, unscrupulous contractors and storm chasers try to take advantage of unsuspecting property owners. It is very important to stay calm and do as much research before committing to hiring a roofing contractor. This may seem difficult, especially if you need emergency repairs. Yet taking your time can mean the difference in the quality of work and the money you spend. You should especially be wary of any promise that sounds too good to be true because it’s usually an indication of deceptive techniques.
For a good list of roofing contractors, contact a trade association such as the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Con-tractors Association (FRSA) and the National Roofing Contrac-tors Association (NRCA). They usually have lists of contractors that are members in good standing. The information is also listed on their websites at www.floridaroof.com or www.nrca.net.
Now that you have a list of companies, you will need to meet with each one. According to the FRSA and NRCA, a professional roofing contractor should have the following:
Once you have met with a few companies and have their proposals, these are seven, simple steps you can take to verify the information within:
When your project is completed, keep copies of your signed contract, any change orders, all warranties (labor and material), pictures of the work, and a copy of the passed inspections with the permit.
Industry sources say with a proper roof maintenance program you can increase the longevity of your roof by as much as 30–40 percent. A maintenance program should be in place as soon as a roof is completed, and it should be budgeted and monitored along with the overall building maintenance program.
If you follow these steps, you will be able to find the right company for your project needs and ensure a successful completion.