How to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

Does your roof need a touch-up?

The roof over your head isn’t something you can afford to mess around with. When it comes to keeping your home or facility protected, finding a roofing contractor that meets your specific needs is critical. A qualified roofing contractor can help you with emergency services, preventative maintenance, or comprehensive roof replacement services. But even if you know what you need, how do you know which contractor to choose from? In order to choose the right one, you need to make sure that they’re qualified, licensed, and offer services that align with what it is you need.

 

Home improvement isn’t something you can casually get to in your spare time—you need to make sure that your roofing materials are sound, and that your roofing installation is done with enough to care to last a long time. We’ve outlined specific services that everyone should be aware, as well as essential factors that indicate whether or not that contractor is right for you. Don’t put your roof repair off anymore—take the time to find a qualified contractor today.

 

What you should do before hiring a contractor

  • Research their credentials: In today’s tech-based society, more businesses than ever are relying on developing a customer base with online advertising and customer reviews. With so much information available about a contractor’s practices, qualifications, pricing, and more, it’s imperative that you take the time to see if they’re a good fit for your project. Yelp, Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and other customer review sites are great for finding out if what they have to offer aligns closely with what you need them for.
  • Identify their specialty: Sure, they might have dabbled in one specific service, but is it something they put front and center on their existing site? If there’s no information concerning their ability or experience for that specific task, they’re probably not the right fit for that project. Find a company that offers a diverse range of services, from metal roofing work to comprehensive asphalt shingling. Your type of roof is specific to your building; you can’t afford to hire someone that doesn’t make sense for your home or facility—the safety of your family and co-owners depends on it.
  • Check out their portfolio: Any company that doesn’t offer up evidence of work they’ve done is one you should be wary of. After all, wouldn’t they be keen to show off their portfolio if it was worth mentioning? If they say they have experience remediating roof leaks or working with shingle roofs but there’s no evidence, then it’s a red flag. A company that specializes in diversified solutions is one worth examining more closely.
  • Examine their pricing: This one might seem like it should go without saying, but it’s worth repeating. A lot of homeowners or building managers will research roofing companies that A) don’t specialize in the services they need or B) offer a price point that’s out of reach. Make sure that the provider you choose offers cost-effective services, but not so cheap that it raises suspicion.

 

 

 

Your St. Louis Roofing Questions Answered: Metal or Asphalt Roof?

Is a Metal Roof or Asphalt Roof Better?

As your leading St. Louis roofing contractor, Frederic Roofing knows a thing or two about various types of roofing materials. From slate to shingles to metal and more, your options are endless. By far the most popular roofing choice of St. Louisans is a shingled option; however, we are installing more and more residential metal roofs. Here are the pros and cons of both materials:

Metal Roofs

The biggest appeal of these roofs is their longevity and durability. While asphalt roofs can have a lifespan anywhere from 10-20 years – depending on who installs your roof – your metal roof has a life expectancy of over 50 years. 50. Five oh. Unfortunately, much of the drawback of metal roofs is the upfront price. Metal roofs are more expensive to make and take more time to install, so these roofing systems are significantly more expensive than their shingled counterpart.

Asphalt Roofs

Traditionally, a shingled roof is the material of choice throughout the Midwest. Whether they aren’t going to live there long enough to see a payback or it’s too big of a commitment, not many homeowners can’t justify a large purchase like a metal roof. A shingled roof is affordable, attractive and Frederic Roofing’s asphalt roofs offer an unbeatable warranty. These options are easier to repair, but also easier to damage.

When it comes down to it, choosing between an asphalt and metal roof ultimately lies with whichever you prefer. Both are great options! Want to find out more about having a new roof installed? Contact Frederic Roofing today.