Hail season is quickley approaching Colorado, when it hits how do you know which roofing contractor to use? I recommend that you always use a local contractor but how do you know if they are local or not.
Storm Chasers have it down to a science, they come into an area and buy a local name and phone number, they even put Colorado license plates on their trucks, they look like a local contractor but they aren’t. I suggest you ask questions like: “Are you a member of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce or a member of the the Southern Colorado BBB?” “What is your favorite restaurant?” “Who do you know?” and my two favorite questions in Pueblo, “What high school did you go to?” and “What color does the bell ring?” These are questions that will tell you pretty quickly who you are dealing with. If they don’t know what bell you are talking about, they definatley aren’t local.
Why not deal with a storm chaser? These guys come into a town, set up shop, and do as many roofs as possible as quickly as possible and then head to the next storm, in many cases leaving behind problems and issues and possibly even material bills that may leave your home open to have a lien filed against it.
Why use a local contractor? These guys are in your town, understand your weather and the special concerns of our area such as high winds, hail, and regional building codes. Their livliehood demands that they take care of problems or they soon will be out of work. They aren’t likely to pack up and move to the next state overnight.
Most contractors will give you a free estimate and will work with your insurance company to help you file your claim. I suggest that you call a local roofing contractor before the insurance company to ensure the damage is worth filing a claim.
If you have called your insurance company first, don’t show the insurance paperwork to the contractors until they have given you a written estimate. Eventually the contractor will need to see the paperwork so they can make sure it is correct, in some cases insurance companies miss things that should be replaced, your contractor can help get these little things taken care of.
The cheapest bid is not always the best way to go. Do not choose your contractor by price alone. Do some research, ask for references, check with the regional building department, check that they are licensed and insured and beware if they want large amounts of money up front.
T-lock shingles have been discontinued so in most cases even mild wind or hail damage will get you a new roof.
Pueblo has been rated as a high wind area requiring shingles to be warrantied for 90mph or better. Some shingles meet this rating, for example Certainteed’s Grand Manor, Presidential and Landmark. Other shingles need to have special undlayments and extra nails to meet the requiremets.
Your local supply companies, chambers, your friends and the Better Business Bureau can be good resources for hiring a contractor. Your roof should last you a long time and it protects everything in your home, take the time to find someone you trust to do the job for you.
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