Like many homeowners, you may not think about your roof until there is a problem. Knowing a trusted Tampa roofing company before you need one is a good idea. When your home hasn’t suffered a disaster, you have the time to really check out a roofer you’re considering. Before you hire one, whether it’s for routine maintenance or a roof replacement or in an emergency, be sure to look into these three things.
In Florida, anyone who is a roofer, “who… builds or improves any structure for compensation” requires a roofing contractor license. That means if someone is repairing or replacing a roof anywhere in Florida by law, they require a license. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, you are opening yourself up to multiple issues. Florida makes it easy to check to see if a company has an active and valid license. Don’t trust a number on a business card or website, check out the state’s search tool here.
Anyone working on your home should have the proper liability insurance. Their insurance protects you in case of an accident on your property. If one of their workers falls and hurts themselves and the company doesn’t have insurance, you can be sued. Again, don’t take the roofing company’s word for it, check it out yourself. Look at the insurance certificate and make note of the agency and phone number. Call and verify the policy is still active. It’s too easy to make changes to official looking documents online these days. Any reputable Tampa roofing company will happily provide you with their agent’s name and number.
There are many places online that you can find out about any business. Don’t just look at the testimonials on the company’s website, chances are good they are only posting the best reviews. Google “roofing company name reviews” and see what comes up. Many sites such as Yelp, Google My Business, Angie’s List, and others will come up in search results. Keeping in mind that you can’t please everyone all the time, look at the reviews as a whole. Are they mostly positive? Do they tell a story of a caring, considerate, and organized company? Those are key to look at. Also be sure to look at the BBB and make sure there are no open complaints and that the number of complaints over time is reasonable (very few companies with a long history have never had a complaint with the BBB).
There are a lot of Tampa roofing contractors who are qualified and here year round, after a hurricane or other major storm, many others appear. When you have a roofing company you know and trust, you don’t have to weed through the less qualified and unestablished ones to find an established and reputable Tampa roofing company like Suncoast Roofing Solutions. We’re here and we will continue our business serving Tampa Bay for many, many more years. Call us today for a no obligation inspection and to get to know us before disaster strikes.