We recognize that this phrase became popular with Google searches as a suggestion. Well... be careful! Not all roofing companies are equal and just because there is a roofing company near you doesn't mean it's a good choice. Scott Bauer will often show up in this search so why are we giving you this warning? Because how close the roofing company is to your house (or whereever you're searching from) should be low on the list for reasons to choose a roofing company. Local yes! But next door... probably not - if that's your only criteria of choice.
A new roof is one of the most expensive home improvement investments that you can make. And it is just that, an investment. And while that investment is a considerable amount of money, consider the real investment that your roof is protecting - your house! When choosing the right contractor for this investment, it is critical to thoroughly do your homework on the company as the homeowner. It doesn’t matter how personable the salesperson is. It doesn’t matter how well they can speak. They are just out selling you a new roof. The company installing the roof is what matters!
Google has done an amazing job at helping consumers see who has the best reviews before making a purchase. Unfortunately, home improvement contractors have found ways around this to manipulate consumers. Should you rely on the Google Reviews?
Proper insurance coverage by the roofing contractor is much more important than you may think. If a fatality or serious injury happens on your roof from one of the crew members, and the contractor has bare minimum insurance coverage, guess who is liable for the remaining costs from the lawsuit? You as the homeowner. It’s not right! These billboard attorneys market for these kinds of claims. They make a killing on these claims, and they can care less who they are negatively affecting.
This is also very important to check when considering a reliable roofing contractor. Do they have a full time, salaried, installation expert, project manager, and quality control employee? Or, does the salesperson selling you the job “quality check” the work once complete? If this is stated by a salesperson, it is a red flag.
The BBB conducted a study a few years ago and found something really interesting. Out of the 10.7 Million BBB complaints, 80% were the result of homeowners choosing the cheapest bid on their home improvement projects. They found contractors no longer in business when a warranty related issue needed addressed, contractors failing to honor warranties, improper installation, taking down payments, damaging personal property, etc. They typically focus on quantity and not quality, which justifies them selling the job cheap.
By now you have probably read or heard horror stories about storm chasers. When a storm hits, they open up shop for 3-5 years following, do a ton of marketing, sell a ton of roofs, and leave town 4-5 years later! If they come to open up shop here in Dayton, they have to find a random subcontractor to actually do your roof replacement. Think about that! Do they care about the quality? How can they claim anything about quality if they are hiring random crews to complete your roof replacement or roof repair?
Wind damage and hail damage to shingles and metals on a roof structure are the most common types of roofing storm damage that we see when we do our roof inspections. In Ohio, we experience wind annually that causes damage to asphalt shingles. For hail, we see a significant hail storm every 7-10 years with minor storms in between. Scott Bauer Roofing specializes in storm damage inspections and helps you as the homeowner walk through which route to take for your damage. Is it significant enough to start an insurance claim? How does your insurance company usually respond to storm damage claims? We are here to help!