Hail and strong winds are a common occurrence in the Charlotte area, and both can cause extensive damage to your home—particularly your roof. As a homeowner, you need to be aware of roof damage caused by strong storms in order to protect the integrity of your home.
Whether your roof has been damaged due to a storm or simply has reached the point when it needs to be replaced, it’s extremely important to choose a professional, local contractor for roofing replacement in Charlotte. By doing a bit of legwork prior to hiring a contractor, you’ll be certain that you’ve selected the right Charlotte roofing company to replace your roof—and protect yourself from the dreaded drive-by roofers.
Owl Remodeling is a locally owned roofing company that has been serving the Charlotte area since 2007, and over the years we’ve encounters far too many homeowners who have been scammed by drive-by roofers. To help you avoid roofing scams and select the best roofer in Charlotte, NC, we’ve outlined our top five tips for hiring a reputable roofing contractor this year.
1. Don’t Sign A Contract From Anyone Who Knocks on Your Door
A professional, local roofing company doesn’t go door-to-door looking for business. After a severe storm, you might receive a knock on your door from a roofer—or someone claiming to be a roofer—offering to repair or replace your roof for the exact amount that your insurance company will pay if you’ll simply sign a contract right away. While this certainly sounds like a good deal, by signing a contract, you’ll be unable to hire a different roofer who is probably more qualified and could potentially complete your job at a lower price.
2. Check the Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte Website to Find a Local Roofing Contractor
If your insurance agents requests that you to contact roofing contractors before filing a claim, use the member directory on the Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte website to find local roofers in your area. HBAGC members are held to high standards of quality, so you know that you’re working with a trustworthy roofing contractor. The organization also promotes housing that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and of the highest possible value.
3. Obtain At Least Three Estimates from Local Roofing Contractors
Your insurance agent or an adjuster will likely recommend that you collect a minimum of three estimates from roofing contractors, and that’s good advice to follow—whether or not you’re filing a claim. To ensure that you have a clear idea of the scope and cost of your roofing project, look for the following information on your roofing estimates.
- A complete description of the work being performed
- The contract price
- An estimated start date
- An agreement that any deposits will be held in a separate trust account by the contractor
- A place for both your signature and contractor’s signature
4. Review Contractor References and Industry Affiliations
Above all, this is the most important piece of legwork that you can do to ensure that you’re hiring a reliable roofing contractor. If you have friends or family that have recently had their roofs replaced, ask them which company they chose and if they were satisfied with the results. Then, check the Better Business Bureau website for customer reviews and their composite score—an A+ rating is preferred. Lastly, check for industry affiliations.
For example, Owl Remodeling holds several respected designations and affiliations, including:
- Homebuilders Association of Greater Charlotte Membership
- BBB-Accredited Company with an A+ Rating
- Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor
- GAF Certified Contractor
5. Patience is a Virtue
Having your roof repaired or replaced following a storm, or during the summer season, likely means that most professional roofing contractors will be extremely busy—possibly for weeks or months. If your roof isn’t leaking, remain patient until your preferred contractor can schedule your repairs or replacement.
If your roof has been damaged during storm, or it has simply reached the end of its lifespan, reach out to our fully licensed and insured Charlotte roofing company today. Our team is professionally trained, and we stay up-to-date on the latest roofing technologies and techniques to ensure that you get a durable roof that will last for decades! Give Owl Remodeling a call to speak with a knowledgeable team member, or complete our simple online contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation cost estimate for roofing repair or replacement.