How do I select a Roofing Contractor?
All roofing contractors conducting business in Florida must have a licensed issued by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. You can check the status of a license at MyFloridaLicense.com.
You cannot choose a professional roofer by looking at an estimate and comparing prices. You should ask questions and be sure you are confident that they can do the work they have said they can do.
Who should I choose as my Roofing Contractor?
Trusting your home to a roofing contractor is an important and expensive decision. Below you will find a list of the roofing contractors and roofing suppliers who are members of the Southwest Florida Roofing Contractors Association. With any of these members, you can be sure the job will be completed by trained and committed professionals.
Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal Fort Myers 239-939-4412
CFS Roofing Services LLC Fort Myers 239-561-2600
Colonial Roofing Lehigh Acres 239-458-1000
Copping Roofing North Fort Myers 239-543-2255
D Peck Roofing Fort Myers 239-489-2200
Greenling Roofing Naples 239-594-3115
Service Works Fort Myers 239-344-8734
Target Roofing Fort Myers 239-332-5707
West Coast Florida Enterprises, Inc. Fort Myers 239-433-977
Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing 855-485-2787
Non Contractor Members
Suncoast Roofers Supply Fort Myers 239-275-6433
Crown Roof Tiles Arcadia 863-303-7053
Direct Metals North Fort Myers 239-599-8527
Gulfeagle Supply Fort Myers 239-337-4700
Omni Resource Group Fort Myers 239-939-4455
Sunniland Corporation Fort Myers 239-334-2179
Volatie Free Inc. Brookfield 813-789-7893
ICP Adhesives & Sealants, Inc. Norton, OH 330-753-4585
Dan’s Custom Sheet Metal Naples 239-594-0530
What should I ask my Roofing Contractor?
Florida law requires that all roofing work be done by a contractor licensed to perform such work. Hiring an unlicensed contractor can result in a fine to the consumer of up to $5,000.
- What is the full name and address of the company?
Getting the complete address of the company can be an important factor in determining a company’s time in business.
- Are you properly licensed according to the Florida licensing requirements?
Florida requires all contractors performing roofing services be licensed, you can confirm a current license at MyFloridalicense.com (request to see a copy of the current license) In order to obtain a Florida Roofing Contractors License contractors must pass a written examination reviewing their roofing knowledge. A contractor may also answer this licensing question by telling you they have a business license. However, a business license is a tax requirements only and is not directly relevant to the contractor’s competence.
- Do you have workman’s comp insurance?
The law requires roofing contractors to carry workman’s compensation insurance. Still some roofers will not provide this insurance. If you hire a company that does not offer employee’s workman’s compensation and someone gets injured on your property, you might find yourself paying thousands of dollars to pay for medical bills. Protect yourself, make sure the company you hire has proper insurance coverage. Contractors who carry insurance and follow safety guidelines on fall prevention endure higher job overhead costs. These expenses could be the cause of price variations between contractors who follow the standards versus those who ignore them. Uninsured contractors who do not carry insurance will most likely be cheaper to hire as they do not have the large insurance premiums to pay. Workers’ compensation premiums can increase wage costs from about 20% to as much as 100%.
- Do you carry general liability insurance?
Workman’s compensation covers the employees on your property, general liability insurance covers your actual property. When it comes to insurance, don’t simply take the roofer’s word for it. Ask to see an insurance certificate.
- How long has the company been in business?
Obviously the longer a company has been in business the better. Under three years may signal an unstable business or one low on the learning curve. On the other hand the experience of the principals plays a large role in the competence of the company. References will be helpful to double check the business.
- Can you provide me a list of client references that I may contact?
Try to get two or three references of past jobs and then check them out. Ask the customers specifically for information about:
• Did the contractor perform their work on a timely basis?
• Was the contractor responsive when asked for information and changes?
• Did the contractor act as if they cared about the customers interests?
• And finally, would you call the company trustworthy?
- What type of workmanship warranties will you provide?
Roofing materials will come with manufacturers warranties. But you should also inquire about whether the contractor guarantees the workmanship of the installation itself. Reputable roofers will stand behind their work with a workmanship warranty. Typically, contractor workmanship warranties are for one year or more. Longer warranties are not necessarily more valuable than shorter warranties. The length of the warranty is less important than the intent and ability of the roofer to stand behind his warranty. That is best evaluated using customer referrals. Manufacturer warranties the roofing material against defects in manufacturing. Ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty pertinent to the specific type of product you are considering.
- Will you obtain the proper permits?
Most municipalities require some type of permit before embarking on a roofing job. If the contractor refuses to handle the procurement of these permits it not a positive sign.
- What may cause a variance from the price listed in the estimate?
The contractor should give you a timeline for the project’s completion, but also outline their policy for weather-related delays or unforeseen circumstances.
- Will you be subcontracting any of the work?
If so, get all of the pertinent information about the subcontractors (name, licenses, insurance, etc.). Make sure you find out specifically who will be overseeing the actual work on-site.
- In what condition will you leave my property?
Make sure the roofer agrees to clean up all roofing materials and other assorted debris before they depart. That is part of what you are paying them for.